Texas vs OSU football, article writer absolutely blisters the officials

  • As I have said many times, I am not a football fan, I am a basketball fan. But I think this article could have Big 12 basketball implications, KU basketball implications.

    Discuss at length, thank you.

    OSUvsTX post football game write up

  • @Lulufulu The writer said he just watched a “fixed” football game. Maybe the first one ever. He must not have seen the Texas vs Kansas game in Lawrence a few years ago.

  • @Lulufulu

    “Money doesn’t talk, it swears.”–Bob Dylan

    We are in digital monetary free fall as a global economy anyway. But we are not talking about everything here. Just corruption in sports refereeing.

    Hypothesis: significant referee corruption tracks directly or indirectly to Big Gaming, or Small Gaming.

    From the moment I read that all of the world’s stock markets were rigged on 60 Minutes by using exploits based on varying speeds of fiber, I knew that Big Gaming and Small Gaming would eventually completely compromise college sports in order to run exploits based on varying fiber speeds. That didn’t take a flipping rocket scientist.

    We live in the age of The Sting 2.0.

    You read it here first.

    Or maybe you didn’t.


    IMHO, there appears zero possibility that referees are not being compromised in basketball and football with big incentives.

    I am not writing this zero possibility assertion based on insider knowledge, or investigative reporting facts uncovered. Everyone is too terrified of those behind Big Gaming and Small Gaming to take them on with inquiries. Period.

    I sure am not.

    I am making the zero possibility assertion based on the apparent technological feasibility of cheating digitally without ever being caught, if you can vary the spread in the game itself. Vary that spread even a little and the feasible range of fiber exploits becomes virtually unlimited even to the limited analytical imagination of a layman like me.

    Let’s face it. The American electoral system and its paper free electronic voting machines are proven to be compromised. Back doors have been documented and no one has ever claimed the old back doors have been shut, or that new back doors have not been added. If the almighty private oligarchic “they” can throw US Presidential elections digitally, and if they can rig the world’s stock markets digitally, then what chance is there that their Big Gaming and Small Gaming agents are not compromising college sports contests and betting, too. Remember, Big Gaming especially, but even Small Gaming, has been traditonally connected to big money directly or indirectly, not to a bunch of Willy Suttons.

    I conservatively hypothesize that someone could afford to offer one referee team $10 Million dollars to throw a game with a lot of action and still make a ton of money on the digital exploit of the knowledge of what the refs were going to do to shape the point spread. Let’s see someone collect data to prove me wrong.

    Its the feasibility, dummy.

    And you would never be caught, because no one stands up to these guys but the government and if they have compromised our voting machines and our stock market fiber, then what are the chances the government is going to take them on until those two forms of exploits are shut down and judges on the take are weeded out?

    This is America reverted to a digital 1920s Chicago.

    Capone 2.0 is apparently in charge, or lurking in the background, only he maybe named Colin Withorpe IV, or something like that. He may be a free man of London running the whole exploit from there in the safe haven of the Royally Chartered District of London. Or he could be a narco-arms cartel member running it out of Dubai. Or he could be in China White entrepreneur in Shanghai. Or he could be working inside the beltway, or somewhere in Italy. Or “he” could be a cartel of “he’s,” or “she’s.”

    The NSA now records everything 24/7 and we know they could not even keep their own existence a secret. How the hell are they going to keep all the data they collect on money flows of narco-trafficers, arms dealers, central banks, investment banks, states, federations, and sports gaming and so on a secret from Capone 2.0? Even if they aren’t part of Capone 2.o, which I believe they are not, they are his target, because that’s where the information is now.

    Remember the old line that Snopes debunked as Willie Sutton not saying? When asked why he robbed banks, Sutton denied ever having said, “Because that’s where the money is.” Willie said he did it for the thrill of it. Well, remember this: Willie Sutton was a small time thief. He was never a private oligarch, or a big time narco trafficker, or arms smuggler, or a bank and investment fraud-artist. These types rob banks, stock markets, pension funds, and any other conceivable pool of wealth they can access and they rob it either legally, or illegally, because that’s where the money is!!! Screw Willie Sutton.

    But in the Age of Information, when money is information and information can be converted to money, these same kinds of players that used to steal money, now steal information in order to convert it to money or marketable strategic advantage. Some do it legally and others do it illegally. But that is what is new under the sun in the 21st Century. Choice information has always been stolen and sold. But this is the first era when “bulk” information is the grand temptation. There didn’t used to be teraflops of information being stored daily and backed up encoded on to drives hither thither and yon. All this information is collected on a vast scale and is stored and so becomes the equivalent of the biggest iBank in the world.

    By the middle of the 21st Century, the NSA will likely be the biggest iBank in the world, period, because it will be the portal to the largest trough of information in the world. Those military bureaucrats and their geeks at the NSA may think they are in the business of collecting electronic intelligence on everyone to be used to leverage anyone the big dogs want to leverage. WRONG! They are increasingly in the business of denying what they collect to entrepreneurs and that is impossible to do. Everyone knows it.

    They will collect and store this post I am writing, because they reputedly collect and store EVERYTHING now. That’s not even being disputed anymore. The question now is how soon will it be stolen from them. Because my posts are worthless, it may never be stolen. But because all the electronic surveillance they pick up on the flow of betting and on who is trying to rig games and how they are trying to rig them is so flipping feasible to exploit, that information sooner or later will be ripped off from them. If weasel on the run Edward Snowden (note: he’s likely a fake defector, like Lee Harvey Oswald was a fake defector, run to find real weasels running exploits they can’t find without such a fake defector) can port out national secrets by the iBucket full, what chance have they against some really serious hackers on salary working 9-5 for intelligence organizations in, say, Israel, or Russia, eh? Zero. That’s what.

    They can’t do it. No one could. They can’t protect the information they are collecting and that’s why putting this marvelous and exceptional organization in the position of collecting everything was so tragically misguided. Once the NSA was one of our greatest secret weapons. And now it is one of our greatest targets–one of our greatest vulnerabilities. Not because they are bad guys, or incompetents, but because we moved them out of the shadows and into being gigantic indefensible targets in the information ocean, or cloud, or universe, or whatever disconnected metaphor you want to use. Oh, the spy masters have probably already created an alternative NSA in the FEMA COG that is secret, but they can’t conceal they turned the NSA into a bulk information collection business. We need the NSA. We need them knowing more than anyone else about anything we need to know about. We don’t need them to know about everything; that is the stupidest strategic objective concocted in human history. It doesn’t matter if it is feasible to collect everything. All that matters is the horrendous consequence of making them a security risk themselves for collecting everything.

    And this is why we should never have started collecting all this information. No one that collects it can defend it. No one can keep it from being tapped into. If heavy bricks of gold are disappearing from banks around the world and showing up elsewhere, and if the Pentagon can’t find $3.2 Trillion of its appropriations, how the hell is someone at NSA going to keep 24/7 data collected around the world on everyone and everything secreted away in a thumb drive somewhere even on Jupiter. Can’t be done. No secrets can be kept in the age of information once they become archived and stored systematically, whether concentrated spatially, or spread in packets all throughout the cloud.

    But you can bet your bottom groupon that this guy–this Capone 2.0-- exists somewhere already and he is the first of the really big digital global racketeers.

    Welcome to the 21st Century.

    If you thought betting was for suckers in the 20th Century, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    Rock Chalk!

  • I didn’t watch the game, so I can’t speak to it, but the calls covered in the article are pretty bad.

    On the first play, the only potential hold is on the receiver blocking the guy and pushing him out of bounds. If I had seen the penalty enforcement, I could figure out where the penalty was since that should be a spot enforcement.

    On the second play, the official doesn’t move his feet as the action comes, so he doesn’t have a very good angle. You can see that he doesn’t move at all during the play (doesn’t even shift his position until he reaches for his flag). That’s poor technique at best. He should have shuffled to get a better look at the block, which would have allowed him to see the block more clearly. However, he is screened out by the LB as the LB shuffles along the line, so it may have appeared to him that the DL was holding the OL to prevent the OL (#74) from blocking the LB. However, if the umpire moves his feet here, he has a clear look to see that in fact DL #98 is being held by OL #73. With the big bodies in there, and not moving his feet, he blows this call because he simply can’t see the action.

    The fumble is a tough call. Can’t see it, but as I learned when I first started officiating (officiated football for 10+ years) you look awfully stupid when you point one way and the other team comes out of the pile with the ball.

    The last call is another case of poor technique. I can’t see the officials eyes, but his feet are turned upfield. However, he should be looking into the backfield because the ball is still behind him. His responsibility is the block where the OL #73 tackles #40 from behind. However, he is looking upfield before the ball carrier passes him. He’s anticipating the ball carrier turning the corner rather than watching the blocks until the ball carrier passes him.

    In the first case of poor technique, it can be chalked up to laziness. The guy doesn’t move his feet, which means he has no angle to see the play. It’s quite possible that he was a little tired from trying to keep up with the athleticism and was afraid of being sucked into the play. However, you can see from his position that he isn’t even ready to move when that play happens. He’s standing straight up. No bend in the knees. No athletic position. He’s standing there like he’s waiting on the bus. He wasn’t ready for the play and he missed the call.

    In the second case, it can be chalked up to over-anticipation. The official assumes that the ball carrier will turn the corner and starts upfield before the ball carrier reaches him. He’s ahead of the play when he should be behind the play. He doesn’t need to beat the ball carrier upfield. He needs to make sure there is no backside hold or clip. Even his position isn’t particularly good. He is at the line of scrimmage, but he should be watching the backfield as the ball approaches, ready to shuffle as the ball carrier crosses the line, and jog upfield if the ball carrier breaks containment. Instead he likely was too far upfield, stepped back, then stepped forward when the runner passed him. As a result, he missed the call because he wasn’t in the right place to see the block that was solely his responsibility. That’s right in front of him. He’s the only official watching that area, but he’s looking upfield, so the crew looks bad.

    I would guess you could find 20-25 more plays during this game where the officials were in the wrong place, or looking in the wrong area based on what I am seeing in this handful of plays based on the type of mistakes being made. Big XII needs to review the officials here to determine why they are not positioning themselves correctly.

  • Implications for basketball? I am still bitter on Duke’s treatment in games on big stages. It’s only a game from nearly 30 years ago, so I guess I shouldn’t be bitter anymore. But Kansas doubles up Duke in the numbers of fouls. We lose by four in the semi’s in Dallas.

    Maui about 5 years ago, Turnover Tyshawn era of KU hoops. Duke guy takes so many steps he has to stop and take a rest in the middle of his travels, setting up the ridiculous corner three that beat us. And the turnover that a lot of us blamed on Tyshawn in crunch time? HE GOT PUSHED BY DUKE, no call except out of bounds Duke.

    In 91 Duke was better than us, so there was no need for the refs to cheat them to victory.

    Now, it didn’t involve KU of course, but my suitor on the side, Wisconsin got screwed out of the chance to win the national championship when the officials decided to finish the game with 13 whistles against the Badgers against 2 for coach Krud, all after we were up by 10. The most egregious in my mind besides the replay controversy was their hot guard in that game, I’ve repressed the memory of his name, drives against Koenig, bloodies Koenigs chops with a forearm shiver and sinks the circus shot and gets the and 1 opportunity.

    So yes, there are refs who may not like a team like Texas, and I have no clue who that guy was that complained, I saw it too. I’m not totally sure why the refs would be against a flagship football team because the NCAA needs teams like Texas to be relevant in football. But it looks like they got shafted. But there are also teams that get the abundance of favorable calls, and frankly, that’s us too quite often I’d say.

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