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In a season beset by unaccustomed mediocrity, at least the refs can still snatch idiocy quickly back from the jaws of competence.

For everyone's information:  this is what a mathematical genius who is slowly redefining the measure of fields looks like after making a legal catch.
For everyone's information: this is what a mathematical genius who is slowly redefining the measure of fields looks like after making a legal catch.
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It's almost like someone has determined the Ravens should lose this season.  I don't mean it's fixed--believe me, the offense has had enough chances to pull this one out of the fire and simply failed.  No accusations of fixing here.

But to have a drive extending play killed off by a mistake that the NFL readily admits the ref should not have made? Urschel, normally a guard, walked into play in the first quarter.  He lined up as a tight end. He checked in with the referee as an eligible receiver--the cameraman literally focuses on his hand motions.  This change is announced on ESPN.

And the refs called back his catch, for Ineligible Receiver.

That's almost Cleveland level demented.  By this I do not mean Cleveland is in any way demented--I mean that, no matter how decent a team they field in some aspect, something ends up cranking them right back into being the Factory of Sadness (I'm looking at you, Manziel, you of the almost-good-enough).

Refs have had some murderously terrible calls against the Ravens in the past--I had the distinct joy to be present at the Nest when Suggs was called for roughing the passer when he didn't actually touch Brady. So really, this is just a return to form.

Now we just need to hope that the rest of the team returns to form as well.