The NFL routinely finds itself on the defensive when it comes to its officiating — not a week goes by where a controversial call isn’t a story. And while the issues are as complex as they are varied, the most popular call fans love to hate involves what does and does not constitute a catch.
It seems like a simple concept, in theory. In reality, it’s inexplicably complicated. But credit where credit is due: NFL VP of Officials Dean Blandino got this call exactly right.
First, the play in question (please pay no attention to the fact that it involves a young fan and a dog):
And here’s Blandino’s ruling:
Of course, this being Twitter, this was just the beginning of the conversation:
And finally, lest we forget: