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New England Patriots Links 9/24/12 - Officially, Defensively, a Disappointing Loss in Baltimore


Vince Wilfork responds to a question about the end of the game.

"We didn’t do what we needed to do to help our offense tonight, and it sucks because coming into the game, we had a pretty good idea how we wanted to play it. The first quarter showed, but it seems after that, we couldn’t get off the field. The offense played their tails off, and we just left them out to dry, and we can’t do that. So we have to take it and move on. We have to get better from this. We definitely have to get better. We will get better. It’s tough, because we thought, coming in, we had a pretty good idea of how we wanted to play them, and it didn’t work out for us."

Kirk Minihane blames the billionaire owners for last night's officiating disaster.

Let’s be very clear about this: The refs made some terrible calls against the Patriots on Sunday — a holding call against Brandon Spikes, a pass interference against Jerod Mayo, a Julian Edelman catch wiped out by a bogus offensive PI call — but they also applied their brand of suckage against the Ravens. And the refs had nothing to do with Kyle Arrington and McCourty struggling to catch easy interceptions, or Rob Gronkowski catching two passes (just three targets, or one more than Kellen Winslow and as many as Deion Branch) or Danny Woodhead getting 15 carries or Ray Rice rushing for 101 yards or Flacco doing whatever he wanted in the final three quarters.

The referees didn’t cost the Patriots the game. I’ll buy that. But that isn’t the point. How are we supposed to take the games seriously if the commissioner doesn’t even care, if he allows that disgrace to occur under his watch?

The biggest sport in America — by a lot — is, right now, a joke. The best players and coaches in the world are being officiated by folks in way over their heads. Clueless and powerless. And it shows and it shows often and we saw the worst to date on Sunday night.