The inadvertent whistle in the Panthers-Redskins game turned undue attention to the officials in Week 9, and three more controversial situations occurred in which the judgment on the field also came into question.
The Game: Miami at Indianapolis
The Situation: The Dolphins had the ball, second-and-1, on their own 30 with 5:26 remaining in the game. Indianapolis led, 23-20.
The Play: Indianapolis was called for having 12 men on the field, and referee Tony Corrente was heard cursing twice (once on national television) while talking to his officiating crew before making the call.
My Take: My old boss, former director of officiating Jerry Seeman, always talked about how professionalism and officiating were synonymous.
It's incumbent upon the officials to keep their cool. They are supposed to be the calming forces between the teams. Also, they must remember that there are microphones everywhere - the referee has one, there are parabolics on the sidelines, there are microphones on pl...