It’s pretty common for a home crowd to get upset with the referees after a close call doesn’t go their way, but Dallas Cowboys fans had another reason to be upset with one particular official during Sunday evening’s game against the New York Giants.
The Cowboys threw the challenge flag on a catch attempt from Ceedee Lamb at the back of the end zone after the referee ruled that Lamb did not get both feet in bounds with possession of the ball. The Cowboys thought Lamb did get both feet down, and when the referee returned from the review, it initially appeared as though he would be giving the fans in Cowboy stadium some good news.
If you need someone to deliver bad news just after getting your hopes up, this is your man. pic.twitter.com/iAVjgunQ9E
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) November 25, 2022
“After reviewing the play, the receiver controlled the ball, the right foot was down in bounds,” the referee began, as the crow began to cheer.
But then the official delivered bad news.
“Left foot, toe then heel out of bounds,” the referee. “Pass is incomplete.”
Whether it was a deliberate troll or not, the official clearly teased the Cowboys fans in attendance, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it.
Ref knew he had the whole crowd waiting on his every word and drew it out as long as possible I’m crying
— Carter Donnick (@CDonnick3) November 25, 2022
lmao that ref hyped everyone up on purpose with that long and detailed explanation
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) November 25, 2022
The ref announcing why CeeDee Lamb’s catch was incomplete: pic.twitter.com/FEvuP11dzh
— Alford Corriette (@alfcorriette) November 25, 2022
If the ref was trying to describe exactly what a catch was then he just did an amazing job.
— feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 25, 2022
that ref knew how to build that up
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) November 25, 2022
Crying at that ref announcement, can’t decide if he was intentionally trolling
— Matt C. Shoot (@ConfirmedShoot) November 25, 2022
The moral of this scenario is that fans should listen to the whole announcement before reacting.