TROY AIKMAN WAS working very hard to hold his tongue last Thursday night. And he almost succeeded.
The Hall of Famer is far too facile an NFL broadcaster to go overboard when a carny show is unfolding on the field.
But that's what it was as the "yellow pixies" -- those remarkably timed, baffling calls by officials -- enabled the Bears to bounce back and "beat" Tampa Bay 20-19.
The No. 1 implicit charge of a contemporary NFL officiating crew, for those not paying close attention, is to hold audience as deep into a telecast as possible.
Occasionally -- as in Tennessee's 42-16 dismantling of Buffalo Tuesday -- a team is so ill-prepared and lacking focus such doctoring would stretch credibility too far.
But too many blowouts like that would also cost the league viewer interest and, in the end, advertising and other ancillary dollars.
So we have L'Affaire Bears-Bucs and two game-changing "calls."
The article goes on to explain the two wrong calls that allowed the Bears to get their comeback (thankfully they did not smear Fullers hit) But the highlighted was what caught my attention. Maybe it is just a writter trying to get clicks and shares, or is it a writter admitting what many of us have suspected for a long time.
Who can say that they have not often wondered WTH with the way some games were called? How many of us ranted many times about GB always getting help from the 13th man on the field? Maybe we were not crazy, maybe we were just the ones burned enough times to finally stop denying it.