Originally Posted by Texasmade
I was reading today that the clock manager took off 18 seconds right before the Steelers took the field on the final drive and no one noticed it. Had Bell got stopped and ended the game, there would've been a huge shit storm. NFL League Office currently has no explanation on why it wasn't noticed.
Makes me wonder whether anyone on the Steelers' staff noticed, and if so why they weren't screaming at the refs about it.
I'm always amazed when at the pro or big-money college level something like that goes completely unnoticed. (I've seen major college basketball games, for example, when nobody caught the fact that the officials had miscounted the number of fouls on a key opposing player and let him stay in the game with five fouls.) I know there's a lot going on and it's chaotic and all that, but if you're a major program don't you have some junior staff member or intern whose only job it is to stay on top of stuff like that?
Also kind of amazing that in the age of live tweeting anything like that slips by. If 18 seconds mysteriously get run off the clock during a late-game dead ball, wouldn't you expect 8 kajillion sports geeks to be tweeting about it immediately? And again, given the incredible amount of info that gets noticed and disseminated when you have millions of sets of eyes and near-instantaneous communication, don't teams have folks assigned to monitoring social media during the game to see if anything useful gets flagged? (E.g., "every time Kershaw adjusts his jock the next pitch is a breaking ball")