I have read the many blogs and comments on the bad call made by NFL Ref Ed Hochuli in the San Diego @ Denver game. Yes, it was a bad call. It also cannot be changed. Before anyone asks, I'd be upset too if it were my team. I just thought that someone should defend Mr. Hochuli as an NFL official and not base his whole career on one call.
This is Hochuli's 19th year in the league and he is a very good official and very well respected around he league. You don't keep your job that long if you aren't good at what you do. He has admitted that he was wrong and that alone makes him a standup guy. I know that doesn't satisfy the Chargers or their fans, but not many people would publicly admit a mistake they made on the job. Once he blew the whistle, he had no choic but to give the ball back to Denver by rule. The NFL is looking into getting that rule changed.
I hear that he has received "hate" mail. How childish is that? Do people think that will change anything? By the way, did I mention that Hochuli is also an attorney. Even though he choice to answer all the "hate" mail, I hope no one said anything that could be considered a "threat". Just get mad and then get ove it. My team lost the SB, and tha't worse. It's hard to make-up for that loss, but SD is 0-2 and has 14 more games to play. They have plenty of time to get things turned around and win the AFC West.
You can watch every game, on every Sunday and there will be a bad call in every one. Some will affect the outcome. If you want to talk about a bad call, how about the varies calls that gave Pittsburgh a SB win over Seattle in 2006?.!
P.S. If there is anyone out there who has never made a mistake....congratulations.