Imagine a world without instant replay.
It’s easy to envision such a place being a drab, cold setting — think the Dark Ages — where mistakes are made, misery is doled out like Snickers bars on Halloween and there’s no room to make life right. Technology gave us the moon landing, the remote control and the ability to review football plays. All three things are among man’s greatest achievements, right up there with the invention of fantasy sports.
Instant replay came in handy a few times Saturday during SEC action. It’s downright scary to imagine life without it at this point.
Hooray for first-world privileges!
Here are a few situations worth revisiting:
Team Replay rights a wrong
Great eye watching C’yontai, replay officials.
This was a win for Team Replay. Florida tight end C’yontai Lewis hauled in a 17-yard pass from quarterback Luke Del Rio at the Georgia 22-yard line after Lewis created space against safety Dominick Sanders late in the first quarter of the Gators’ 24-10 victory at EverBank Field in Jacksonville.
Only, Zebra Nation gave the play a thumbs down to begin. Officials on the field missed that Lewis had planted his left foot in the turf before tumbling out of bounds with the ball.
Good thing the eye in the sky doesn’t lie. The review led to the correct call being made … thank goodness.
— SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 29, 2016
Officials fail to make an obvious facemask call
We ask officials to walk on oceans, turn water into wine and do it all with a goofy grin on their faces.
We demand perfection, dang it. If officials screw up, we’ll burn them for their follies with the same kindness that an open flame shows a marshmallow.
This is one of those times. Check out the crazy facemask penalty that was missed when Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was pulled down during the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ 56-41 victory over Samford at Davis Wade Stadium.
At first, Fizgerald was given a touchdown that extended Mississippi State’s lead to 27-13. But after review, he was ruled down at Samford’s 1-yard line because his helmet popped off before he crossed the goal line.
— J.R. Armstrong (@Jarmstrong2147) October 29, 2016
Targeting is no match for Fitzgerald
Nick Fitzgerald is a freak!
Yes, he steered Mississippi State’s offense to a school-record 669 yards. Yes, he threw for 417. Yes, he ran for 119. Yes, he was responsible for 7 touchdowns.
But he also survived a targeting call. What can’t the man do?
Early in the fourth quarter, Samford defensive lineman Jared Holloway was whistled for the penalty after hitting Fitzgerald with the crown of his helmet. This was the right decision, and the sequence allowed Fitzgerald to impress us with his moxie even more.
Try running through a brick wall next week, kid.
Samford lineman Jared Holloway has been ejected for targeting Fitzgerald.
— Bulldawgs247 (@Bulldawgs247) October 29, 2016
Gamecocks’ double ejections
How many licks does it take to get to the center of South Carolina’s secondary?
At least two, apparently.
It was double the trouble for Gamecocks defensive backs in a stunning 24-21 victory against Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium.
First, cornerback Chris Lammons was ejected for an impersonation of Mike Tyson during the first quarter against Vols wide receiver Jauan Jennings. (Lammons might have a future in the ring.)
Next, South Carolina safety D.J. Smith met the big, bad targeting boogeyman when he was whistled for a hit on Jennings.
The first one is a no-brainer unless you’re Don King.
The second? Iffy. It probably should have been left alone.
Why Chris Lammons was ejected pic.twitter.com/1DTlESVH4P
— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) October 29, 2016
Here was the targeting flag. Should be overturned one would think. pic.twitter.com/CTPoxhMmoV
— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilsonAJC) October 30, 2016
A weird special teams moment for Tennessee
During the second quarter of Tennessee’s terrible loss, Vols punter Trevor Daniel booted a ball that appeared to stop at South Carolina’s 1-yard line. However, it was ruled that Tennessee linebacker Cortez McDowell cradled the ball into the end zone for a touchback, wiping out a splendid special teams moment for the Volunteers.
This was a crazy play, and the right call was to rule the ball dead at the 1-yard line. But officials must have wanted to see Tennessee coach Butch Jones scream and shout like a teenage boy after losing his driving privileges, because that’s what happened when the ruling didn’t go his way.
Butch Jones MAD. pic.twitter.com/TVIwp7Q4Jr
— Jesse Re Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) October 30, 2016
Ruling is confirmed? How.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) October 30, 2016