The controversial instant replay review at the end of Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-New England Patriots game dominated the sports take-o-sphere yesterday and for good reason. Our website and others were all over it. Television pundits dissected it like the Zapruder film and the NFL was rightly excoriated for its clearly defined yet unsatisfying catch rule.
By now we’ve grown accustomed to seeing arguments framed like this in the political sphere. “I don’t remember Republicans having a problem with X when Y” and “Where was the Democratic outrage when A did B” have become the building blocks of cable debate panels. In most instances, the receipts of what the person saying didn’t happen actually happening are fairly easy to find.
Even still, it’s jarring to see Irvin — apparently with no hint of irony — suggesting the Bryant fiasco came and went without any uproar. How a person could believe that’s what happened at the time is beyond comprehension.
The Bryant catch controversy is easily one of the biggest points of NFL discussion in the past few years. It was brought up over and over again yesterday as people compared and contrasted that call and the one that zapped the Steelers. The tweet “Dez caught it” pops up all the time and will continue to for the foreseeable future.