At this point nobody really expects NFL referees to do their jobs perfectly. Heck, most fans don't even hold "almost perfect" up as the standards the zebras should meet. People would be plenty happy with "consistently decent."
But Cowboys fans know even that's a pipe dream at that point. Case in point: the treatment Micah Parsons gets. It feels like someone went into the Madden options menu and disabled holding penalties when Micah is on the field.
And it turns out, referees have actually addressed that with him. And they admit that they don't call holding on him. But they have an absurd excuse for it.
Cowboys News: Micah Parsons Reveals Referees' Excuses
Parsons told reporters that he does occasionally talk with the officials after they blow another holding non-call against him. And they've told him that he "couldn't make the play" so they didn't call it.
I mean first of all, nowhere in the rule book does it say that penalties don't count if they're away from the play (except maybe the ol' "uncatchable" pass interference distinction). Holding is holding.
But the excuse doesn't even make sense. Micah Parsons can make plays most defenders can't, so you'd think he'd draw more holding calls than someone who can't make as many plays. And how are referees going to determine in the heat of the play whether Parsons could make the play or not?
In his words:
"How are you telling me what (play) I can make? Are you in my body? You got my abilities? No, YOU can’t make that play. I’m a little different. I think I can make every play if I’m near the ball."- Micah Parsons
Maybe this biased officiating explains why the Cowboys aren't getting any love on the betting markets this week, somehow sitting as underdogs against the Buffalo Bills.
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