I was in vegetative state last night when I saw this penalty called on a Cincinnati Bengal defender. He reached out and grabbed the jersey of the offensive player, but not in a way that impeded his motion in attempting to catch an otherwise overthrown ball. It was probably just a hyperactive referee, but reminded me that officials control the game of football with their ability to call or not call anything on any play. This was ridiculous.
Is the game fixed? Pretty slim evidence here. I continue to believe that the owners of the league are not interested in outcomes so much as contests. They want the viewers glued to the screen watching commercials, the “mother’s milk” of the game, the right breast aside the other, gambling.
I watch for athleticism. These are amazing young men.