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Joe's Takes: Officiating wins it for Dallas

If you needed any more reason to follow the "Detroit vs. Everybody" mindset, last Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys was a perfect reason why. I have a strange feeling that the NFL has no clue what to do with the Lions now that we are a good team, so they just go back to
old reliable by screwing over Detroit every chance that they get.

Thanks to Brad Allen and his incredible crew, the Lions caught their fifth loss of the season against the Dallas Cowboys in a late game thriller 20-19. The Lions were ahead 21-20, but like I said, the referees decided to blame the players and coaches rather than accept reposibility that they messed up and caused Detroit to lose the number one overall seed in the NFC. It’s unbelievable.

I’m just going to go into the end of game theatrics first, because that’s really what you came for. To set the scene, Detroit marched down the field and Amon-Ra St. Brown caught a touchdown pass diving the pylon to bring the game within one. Classic Dan Campbell goes for the two point conversion, which is a trick play pass to the offensive lineman Taylor Decker; however, there was a flag on the play for what was called "illegal touching" as Taylor Decker did not report as an eligible receiver to the referee. After various replays from the broadcast, it clearly showed that Decker reported to the referee, but the Lions lose the game thanks to the refs. What’s new? Nothing.

You want to know the best part of this whole thing? Allen started to walk away when the linemen were coming up to him. How about you do your job instead of blaming the players postgame when you know that they can’t say anything about the officiating or they get fined. Something else to note, the Lions are 0-6 when Allen is officiating. Such a bush league move by a trash ref and a garbage crew. On the bright side, Allen’s crew has gotten downgraded and won’t be officiating in the playoffs. I guess that is a positive, but it doesn’t erase the fact that Detroit won’t be able to get the number one seed anymore.

Ok, now that that is out of the way, let’s take a look at the stats. It was a pretty slow day all around, as Jared Goff finished with 271 yards and a touchdown while completing 19 of 34 passes. He had two interception, though, which continues to put an uneasy feeling in my stomach for the playoffs. We also couldn’t even get a receiver over 100 yards in receiving. St. Brown had the lone receiving touchdown along with 90 yards on six receptions, Sam LaPorta notched 84 yards on seven looks as the main target on the final comeback drive, and Jameson Williams had his trademarked big time reception to total 69 yards on two receptions.

In terms of rushing, David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs had an even workload. Montgomery reached 65 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, while Gibbs settled for 43 yards on 15 carries. Not as much as we’re used to seeing from the two, but the Cowboys do have a strong defensive front that plugged up a lot of the holes in the running game.

I’m not going to lie, Dak Prescott was slinging it. 345 yards on 26 of 38 passing with two touchdowns and one interception is not too bad of a day. Credit where credit is due, Prescott had command of the field. Dallas’ air attack had a historic night, with Lamb notching 227 yards on 13 receptions for a touchdown. He set the single season receiving record for the Cowboys, passing Michael Irvin’s previous record of 1,603 yards, so I guess that’s good for him. Brandin Cooks reeled in a touchdown as well, finishing with five receptions for 60 yards. Tony Pollard led Dallas in rushing with 49 yards on 16 carries.

Again, I am a firm believer that the refs lost the game for the Lions. I have looked at Reddit, Instagram, and various other platforms full of Cowboys fans trying to say that the refs were just as bad for them as they were for us. Well, the final drive of the game can tell you otherwise. There were at least three missed calls before the two point conversion anyways.

However, the season is not over. We return to Ford Field for the final week against the Minnesota Vikings. I’ll actually be at the game so that will be cool, but I’m hoping we can get the win to close out the regular season as a 12-win team. The Lions also haven’t lost two games in a row this season, so I’m confident we will pull away with a victory. There’s no better way to end the season than with a win against a divisional opponent. Get the Kool-aid ready at least one more time, and get ready to down it when the fourth quarter is over. Lions by a million!


Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

District 37 @Big Rapids HS

  - 5/28: Ludington 5 @ Newaygo 4

  - 6/1:

     10a: Ludington @ Fremont

     12n: Whitehall @ Big Rapids

     District Final: Whitehall/Big Rapids @ Fremont/Ludington

District 39 @Comstock Pk HS

  - 5/28: Sparta 5 @ Grant 1

  - 6/1:

     10a: Sparta @ Belding

     12n: Comstock Park @ Tri County

     District Final: Sparta/Belding @ Comstock Park/Tri County

District 70 @Evart

  - 5/28: Pine River 8 @ Harrison 4

  - 6/1:

     10a: Pine River @ Evart

     12n: McBain @ Reed City

     District Final: Pine River/Evart @ McBain/Reed City

District 72 @ Montague

  - 6/1:

     10a: Montague @ Ravenna

     12n: N Muskegon @ Kent City

     District Final: Montague/Ravenna @ N Muskegon/Kent City

District 74 @ Chip Hills

  - 5/28: Clare 15 @ Farwell 0

  - 6/1:

     10a: Clare @ Lakeview

     12n: Chip Hills @ Morley Stanwood

     District Final: Clare/Lakeview @ Chip Hills/Morley Stanwood

District 77 @Pewamo-Westphalia HS

  - 5/28: C Montcalm 4 @ Ovid-Elsie 3

  - 6/1:

     10a: C Montcalm @ St Louis

     12n: Pewamo-Westphalia @ Ithaca

     District Final: C Montcalm/St Louis @ Pewamo-Westphalia/Ithaca


CSAA Softball

District 37 @Shepherd HS

  - 5/29: Big Rapids 2 @ Freeland 3

  - 6/1:

     10a: Freeland @ Swan Valley

     12n: Shepherd @ Alma

     District Final: Big Rapids/Freeland/Swan Valley @ Shepherd/Alma

District 38 @Newaygo HS

  - 6/1:

     10a: Tri County @ Newaygo

     12n: Sparta @ Fremont

     District Final: Tri County/Newaygo @ Sparta/Fremont

District 72 @Chip Hills HS

  - 5/28: Chip Hills 10 @ Morley Stanwood 11

  - 6/1:

     10a: Morley Stanwood @ Lakeview

     12n: Evart @ Reed City

     District Final: Morley Stanwood/Lakeview @ Evart/Reed City

District 73 @Montague HS

  - 5/28: Grant 1 @ Kent City 7

  - 6/1:

     10a: Kent City @ Montague

     12n: N Muskegon @ Ravenna

     District Final: Kent City/Montague @ N Muskegon/Ravenna

District 95 @Bullock Creek

  - 5/29: Ithaca @ St Louis

  - 6/1:

     10a: Ithaca/St Louis @ Bullock Creek

     12n: C Montcalm @ Hemlock

     District Final: Ithaca/St Louis/Bullock Creek @ C Montcalm/Hemlock

District 108 @ Marion

  - 5/28: Pentwater 8 @ Mason County Eastern 4

  - 6/1:

     10a: Pentwater @ White Cloud

     12n: Marion @ Holton

     District Final: Pentwater/White Cloud @ Marion/Holton


CSAA Softball Standings

1.) Big Rapids: 16-0

2.) Reed City: 16-2

3.) Newaygo: 11-3

4.) Kent City: 9-6

5.) Central Montcalm: 7-5

6.) Grant: 6-8

7.) Morley Stanwood: 4-7

8.) White Cloud: 3-11

9.) Lakeview: 2-12

10.) Chip Hills: 0-10

11.) Tri County: 0-10

(from available data)

CSAA Baseball Standings

1) Big Rapids: 17-1 | +172 -42 (+130)

2) Chippewa Hills: 11-5 | +91 -57 (+34)

3) Grant: 12-6 | 107 -57 (+50)

4) Newaygo: 12-6 | +104 -65 (+39)

5) Central Montcalm: 10-6 | +109 -71 (+38)

6) Reed City: 11-7 | +125 -81 (+44)

7) White Cloud: 8-10 | +79 -117 (-38)

8) Morley Stanwood: 6-12 | +57 -117 (-60)

9) Kent City: 5-13 | +86 -144 (-58)

10) Tri County: 4-14 | +89 -147 (-58)

11) Lakeview: 0-16 | +60 -181 (-121)

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