Friday, October 30, 2015
Week two of my Phantom Calls motif.
Yet, not only week two of Phantom Calls themselves.
With the Ravens up 10-7 in the second quarter last Monday night, 2 minutes left in the half, having forced the Cardinals to punt for the third possession in a row, WR Jeremy Ross went back to receive the punt. He did, and after a useful return, he was hit by Arizona reserve corner Justin Bethel. Bethel rode Ross to the ground, executing a nearly indefensible wrestle-strip move on the way, gobbling the ball into his arms when they hit the ground.
The question became, was Ross down?
After reviewing the play and ESPN showing what seemed to be a pretty solid evidence to overturn (regardless of the bumbling guest referee/commentator they had trying to justify the call all the way), the referees reported the call as standing (as opposed to being confirmed) and moved on.
Arizona now had the ball, the momentum, and 20 yards to score.
Along with a number of other Phantom Calls in this game, the question lingered: was the call right? Was this a fumble?
Let's check it out after the jump.