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Ed Hochuli > Dick Bavetta?

Quick conversation starter, plus a poll at no extra charge.

For the past several days, San Diego Chargers fans have been beside themselves over a blown fumble call that helped cost them their game against the Denver Broncos (I say "helped" because the Chargers still had to allow the Broncos to score a touchdown and a 2 pt. conversion to seal defeat).

The referee, Ed Hochuli, has admitted his error and has not only publicly apologized, he is responding to emails (I'm betting the one's emanating out of San Diego are not too nice). It should be noted that this was one of those "blown whistle" plays that does not permit instant replay to overturn the call.

Understanding full well that game #6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals was a little bit bigger in scope than last week's Broncos/Chargers game, it did make me wonder what the reaction of Kings fans would have been if Dick Bavetta had come out and said (to directly quote Hochuli), "You can rest assured that nothing anyone can say can make me feel worse than I already feel...Officials strive for perfection - I failed miserably. Although it does no good to say it, I am very, very sorry."

Would that have given us some closure? Granted us compassion? Enraged us further?

And can someone riddle me this? Why would anyone in this day and age want to be a professional referee or umpire? With today's technology you can't fart as an official without seven different camera angles showing the wind in your shorts on hi-def. No thank you.