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Yesterday's game is in the record books, and it was a loss. The Panthers deserved to lose.

And still, while I am disappointed in the Panthers losing close games, my optimism for the future in still very much intact.

In rewatching the game, though, it did strike me how many penalties were called, and especially how many ticky-tack penalties seemed to be called against the Panthers.

Which got me to thinking... In the games Ed Hochuli refs, doesn't it always seem like more penalties get called. And not just during Panthers games (although I obviously notice it more), but every game he refs.

So I did some research, and it turns out it is most certainly true in regards to his bias against the home team. Hochuli's crews are always flag happy, and have the 2nd highest "bias" against the home team.

[U][url]http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/blogs/birds-nest/Are-NFL-Referees-Biased-112070159.html[/url][/U]

[I]For example, our good friend and "strictest NFL ref" Ed Hochuli is also the umpire with the second-most against home teams. He calls, on average, 1.67 penalties more against the home team than the visiting. [/I]

Hochuli is also near the top in total penalties:

[U][url]http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/12459/officially-speaking-which-refs-most-active[/url][/U]

Personally, I think with the enormous TV growth in the NFL, refs, especially a guy with "guns" like Hochuli, have been household names and their egos have grown with it.

Hochuli obviously likes his TV fame, even tailoring his ref shirts to accentuate his biceps. Hochuli relishes his chance to be the center of attention, and he officiates his games accordingly.

Just like Shockey said, the players are held accountable for every play on the field, so why shouldn't the refs.

Hochuli has certainly made some big-time blunders in the past few years, including a couple of calls that directly impacted the outcome of the game. And yet he continues to not only officiate, but be the lead official as a referee.

The Panthers still lost yesterday, and I'm not going to blame it on the officiating. However, I have grown to despise Ed Hochuli as a ref and his over-inflated ego.

Him officiating games as BOA is obviously a negative for the Panthers, and the evidence confirms what I and I am sure I lot of fans have felt.
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hochuli is garbage and i cringe every time i hear his name mentioned. worst in the league, i don't know how he's still employed.

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Don't come in here with statistics and proof, the board will implode

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We should start sending him a fruit basket and a bottle of champagne to his room the nights before the games.

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Yea there was also a late hit on Cam by Allen in that game that was not called. Cam Ran out of bounds and Allen still hit him. I think that was what Philly was talking about with Mike Vick.

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I have never seen so many missed calls and wrong calls in a single season, it's getting pretty bad out there.

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i just googled him and found out he's a lawyer.

explains many things...

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Ed needs to be tested for HGH and roids. His either taking roids or strokin it too often

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I swear we lose every game officiated by Hochuli. Is there some site that shows all time wins-losses Vs. Officiating Crew X?

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[quote name='Montsta']I swear we lose every game officiated by Hochuli. Is there some site that shows all time wins-losses Vs. Officiating Crew X?[/QUOTE]

Would like to know this also.

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I also like how Hochuli has to spend 10 mins discussing each call they make... sloppy officiating crew.

Hochuli has a long history of being a crappy ref.

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Isn't he the ref who made the bad calls in the Steelers/Seahawks SB?

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Hochuli is an attention whore for sure. Just say the call stands or is overturned - no need for the long-winded garbage that leaves all fans wondering what the outcome of the challenge is.

But, in his defense, he's not the only one out there dropping flags to the turf. He just has the microphone (and loves it).

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I was telling my friend during the game yesterday that Hochuli is a joke. He's like a mascot at this point that no one takes seriously. I think between timeouts the cheerleaders and practice squaders lift him up on a platform with a built-in bench press and the crowd cheers him on and counts out each rep like at a college football game.

Dude is a joke and clearly had some money on the game yesterday.

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not a fan.

he's actually cost teams wins by bad officiating before. iirc, the big one was denver vs. san diego? i remember the dude even admitted it afterwards. got lots of deserved hate mail from that.

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Football will be better when that bastard finally retires.

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[quote name='Chaos']Hochuli is an attention whore for sure. Just say the call stands or is overturned - no need for the long-winded garbage that leaves all fans wondering what the outcome of the challenge is.[/QUOTE]

This. I don't understand the need for the long winded drivel.

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[quote name='CLTPanther']Isn't he the ref who made the bad calls in the Steelers/Seahawks SB?[/QUOTE]

Bill Leavy did XL.

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[quote name='rayzor']not a fan.

he's actually cost teams wins by bad officiating before. iirc, the big one was denver vs. san diego? i remember the dude even admitted it afterwards. got lots of deserved hate mail from that.[/QUOTE]

Cutler fumbled and San Diego's Tim Dobbins clearly recovered, but since he inadvertently blew the whistle when the ball hit the ground, the ball became dead and Denver maintained possession.

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Speaking of which, Yahoo noticed that Hochuli needed a whopping 63 words to explain the Harvin fumble yesterday....which could have just been "The ruling on the field stands".

[url]http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Video-Ed-Hochuli-8217-s-dissertation-on-why-a-?urn=nfl-wp10702[/url]

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[quote name='Boltergeist']Cutler fumbled and San Diego's Tim Dobbins clearly recovered, but since he inadvertently blew the whistle when the ball hit the ground, the ball became dead and Denver maintained possession.[/QUOTE]
yeah, thats the one. didn't he go up to turner afterwards and tell him that he screwed up or something?

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Yea, he apologized not long after the play and admitted he screwed up the next day to everyone else.

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[quote name='CLTPanther']Yea, he apologized not long after the play and admitted he screwed up the next day to everyone else.[/QUOTE]if only that had been the end to the bad playcalling...

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Bet you won't say it to his face

[IMG]http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2006/players/01/10/nfl.workout0116/t1_workout.jpg[/IMG]

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so?????

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