Well, Raider Nation, we’ve got more than the hobby of watching brutal football on Sundays in common with Detroit Lions fans these days. One year ago, right about this time, Louis Murphy and the Oakland Raiders were denied a momentum changing TD against their bitter divisional rivals – a rival whom the Silver and Black haven’t beaten in almost a decade – by a ridiculous ruling.
Just yesterday, Calvin Johnson and the Lions were denied what should have been the game winning score against their bitter divisional rivals – what would have been their first road victory in three years – by the same ridiculous ruling.
Were both of these the right call?
By the letter of the law, the answer is yes.
However, from a common sense standpoint, this rule makes about as much sense as trading up to draft Tim Tebow in the first round.
Naturally, Lion fans can expect to get lip service from the NFL about how they’ll review the rule this offseason, blah, blah, blah. That won’t change the outcome of the game.
Hopefully, this is about the only thing Raider Nation will have in common with the Lions. Sure, we’re both long suffering fan bases hungry for a better product but at least we’ve got those three Lombardis to remind us it is still possible to get to the promised land again. About all Detroit has to look forward to now is hoping Matthew Stafford can return in time to have a shot at salvaging the season by winning at least three games this year.