Thursday, November 24, 2011

Football Ejections: Terry McAulay

Continuing the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League "Other Sports" coverage, we turn to the National Football League on this Thanksgiving night.

Referee and Crew Chief Terry McAulay ejected Green Bay Packers defensive back Patrick Lee for an unsporting personal foul with 0:30 left in the second quarter and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for an unsporting personal foul with 9:16 left in the third quarter of the Packers-Lions Thanksgiving game. In the second quarter, Lee became entangled with multiple Lions players during a punt play. Though no penalty was called until the ball became dead, Lee was punished for his apparent retaliation for what he felt was an uncalled series of penalties committed by Detroit. Replays indicate Lee appeared to have been held by a combination of two Lions players, the call was incorrect. In the third quarter, after Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw an incomplete pass intended for wide receiver Donald Driver, Suh and the Packers' Evan Dietrich-Smith became tangled. Replays indicate Suh slammed Dietrich-Smith's helmet into the ground after the play, followed by a kick to the Dietrich-Smith's right arm. This call is correct per 2011's UEFL Rule 6.b.ii.e., which governs ejections for Fighting; this call would be irrecusable (neither correct nor incorrect) per 2012's UEFL Rule 6-2-b-5. As McAulay noted in his penalty announcement, Suh was disqualified immediately upon committing his flagrant personal foul. At the time of both ejections, the Packers were leading, 7-0. The Packers ultimately won the contest, 27-15.

Wrap: Packers at Lions, 11/24/11
Video (1): Packers DB Patrick "Pat" Lee is ejected for throwing a punch
Video (2): Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is ejected for kicking Packers OL Evan Dietrich-Smith


Treetopwoody said...

There was no "kick". Suh "stepped" on Dietrich-Smith as he tried to regain his balance after being shoved. A kick requires a forward movement of the foot. There was no forward movement of Suh's foot. This is all media hype.

Dan said...

It's really sickening listening to some people make excuses for this guy. It was a kick as plain as day. After he rammed the player's head into the turf several times. Come up with an excuse for that. I suppose he was using the guys head to regain his balance too, right?

It was a dirty play from a dirty player, and he deserved to be thrown out of the game, and whatever punishment the NFL hands down. Plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Did you know a kick violation in basketball requires only the intentional striking of the ball using any part of the leg?

That's one extreme of a kick. More commonly, a kick is "a blow or forceful thrust with the foot"

Anonymous said...

Didn't McAulay throw out Packers CB Patrick Lee, too, for throwing a punch on a return?

Lindsay said...

Yes, he did. 2nd Quarter, I'll add that in. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Man, Lee was held pretty badly.

I commend you for posting about other sports.... It shows how great MLB umpires really are in comparison.

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