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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    Melvin Jones

    Always enjoy your posts Steve always entertaining !

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    The Chiefs didn’t lose just because of this though. The Titoons defense crushed them after halftime and Mariota played very well I thought. Besides, everybody knew there would be at least one major Triplette calamity in this game. There always is. The only question was who it was going to hit. I don’t mind him in the playoffs anyway, though. His incompetence is part of the tapestry. It would be hypocritical to pretend like he doesn’t exist or that his weird calls doesn’t cost teams in every game he officiates. He’s very good at gesticulating and talking slightly too loudly into his mike. It’s just all good here. The Chiefs weren’t going anywhere anyway, even if this had done them in. They have Andrew Walter Reid as their head coach.

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    Is it weird that NO one has questioned the legitimacy of that miracle mariota to mariota TD?? My initial thought was that hes past the line of scrimmage. Replay showed he was past the line – the refs said nothing, the replay HQ said nothing, even Sean McD only made one comment, an unconvincing “he was behind the line” while showing an image that clearly showed him dangerously close. No one questioned or thought to relook at that? In this age of hyper-accurate replay analysis, it was staggeringly odd that this play got no attention.

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      I thought his hand was but his feet weren’t. Not sure what the rule is for that. Considering that it hasn’t happened since 1997 it’s probably possible that no one is sure.

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    You forgot union work rules

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    Tick Tocl

    The Chiefs lost simply because that’s what the Chiefs do and Andy Reid is still their coach.

    Taking the points and Titans was the easiest $50 I’ve ever made.

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    Dave D.

    Triplette is reportedly retiring. Only time will tell if this is just the latest act of what one must assume has been a years-long performance art piece conducted with the full cooperation of the NFL. No Fun League my ass.

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    It’s obvious that Triplette was horrible. My question is why do the officials in the Falcons/Rams game get a pass. There were two blatant defensive penalties inside the 5 yard line on the Rams second to last possession. One of them occurred in the end zone with the official looking right at it. I’m not arguing that it cost the Rams the game, but it sure didn’t help. It’s really frustrating seeing penalties not called near the end of games on the defense because the refs don’t want to “decide” the game. The action of not throwing a flag on a blatant penalty is deciding the game. Have some balls and throw the damn flag. If it’s a penalty in the first quarter it should be in the fourth. (See Niners vs Redskins 1983 NFC Championship game)

    I was actually rooting for the Falcons too. I’d love to see them come back from that devastating Super Bowl loss to win it all.


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