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01-10-2007, 11:05 PM
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Brad Watson has become the worst referee in hockey

He has reffed the last two Sharks games and in both game he has been absolutely terrible.

In the Columbus, he made a huge mistake giving the Sharks an extra powerpla when there shouldn't have been one. Guess what, the Sharks went on to score and eventually win the game.

In this game against the Oilers, he has been even worst. He has called seven penalties against the Sharks, but none against the Oilers. How does one of the least penalized teams in the league suddenly become so undisciplined? Not only has he been making these calls against the Sharks, there have been several penalties against the Oilers (one interference call that immediately led to a goal) that have not been called despite them being obvious infractions. He has blown the whistle early, freezing the puck too early.

I hate bickering about referees, but when you see them make such obvious mistakes, something has to be said. Also, I know this is gonna end up souding like a conspiracy theory, but is it possible that Watson is making these calls against the Sharks to even out his mistake in the previous game? The answer will always be speculation, but even having to ask such a question is unacceptable. Referees have to be held as accountable for their actions as players, and if the NHL doesn't take a look at these two games, and really question Brad Watson, this league is becoming more and more lost.

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01-10-2007, 11:10 PM
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He's surpassed Mageough or however that thing spells his name.

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01-10-2007, 11:13 PM
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Did Brad Watson call all 7?

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01-10-2007, 11:14 PM
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To be fair, most of the Shark penalties were legit. As for calling penalties on Edmonton, though...

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I didn't see too many instances where there should have been an Edmonton penalty.

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01-10-2007, 11:15 PM
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He's surpassed Mageough or however that thing spells his name.
After that little hand pass incident... Well, I don't know.

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01-10-2007, 11:17 PM
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It's pretty much bad across the board this season. Watson, Koharski, Leggo, etc, etc. As bad as Watson screwed the Jackets in SJ, I still hate Koharski more.

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I didn't see too many instances where there should have been an Edmonton penalty.
The rather obvious interference by Thoreson on Bell was one that cost the Sharks a goal.

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01-10-2007, 11:19 PM
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Thornton cross-checked Stoll then punched him in the face.
Marleau cut Torres with a high-stick.
Nieminen forarmed Hemsky in the head.
Cheechoo tripped Smith while he was trying to take the puck from behind his net.

Sorry but I fail to see how he is the worst ref. Seems like penalties are getting called like penalties.

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Thornton cross-checked Stoll then punched him in the face.
Marleau cut Torres with a high-stick.
Niimenin(sp?) forarmed Hemsky in the head.
Cheechoo tripped Smith while he was trying to take the puck from behind his net.

Sorry but I fail to see how he is the worst ref. Seems like penalties are getting called like penalties.
The Nieminen call was weak. He got the call for making a punching motion with his arm after hitting Hemsky. A forearm to the head is a blatant lie, but whatever, I don't care about them calling that a penalty. As I said, most calls against SJ have been legit. It's his ignoring of Oiler infractions that draw the ire of Shark fans.

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01-10-2007, 11:29 PM
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Thornton cross-checked Stoll then punched him in the face.
Marleau cut Torres with a high-stick.
Nieminen forarmed Hemsky in the head.
Cheechoo tripped Smith while he was trying to take the puck from behind his net.

Sorry but I fail to see how he is the worst ref. Seems like penalties are getting called like penalties.
You're arguing with nobody. I think several people have stated that the Sharks penalties were deserved.

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01-10-2007, 11:33 PM
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A lot of the Sharks penalties were legit, but you have to make the calls both ways. The one thing that drives peope crazy is inconsistency. If a ref makes calls both ways, I would have no problem with it, but Watson was extremely inconsistent in the first two periods.

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01-10-2007, 11:33 PM
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A lot of the Sharks penalties were legit, but you have to make the calls both ways. The one thing that drives peope crazy is inconsistency. If a ref makes calls both ways, I would have no problem with it, but Watson was extremely inconsistent in the first two periods.
I think your term of inconsistency is when the ref doesn't call those dumb I.O.U calls.

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The Sharks just had a 2 man advantage and did faceoff interference and shortly after scored. I wonder if the Shark fans will be complaining they didnt get a penalty for faceoff interference?

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A penalty was just called against Roloson, and then they wiped it off. That's the kinda stuff that drives people crazy.

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01-10-2007, 11:38 PM
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I think your term of inconsistency is when the ref doesn't call those dumb I.O.U calls.
I would say the calls on the Sharks were well deserved, but there were some deserved penalties against the Oilers that weren't called. Even Oiler fans can admit that Mark Bell was interfered with on that goal. If you're gonna make a call one way, then make that same call the other way. If it was a penalty against one team, it should be a penalty against the other.

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Well seems Watson and co. are evening the calls out in the 3rd, to be fair.

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The Sharks just had a 2 man advantage and did faceoff interference and shortly after scored. I wonder if the Shark fans will be complaining they didnt get a penalty for faceoff interference?
The thread is about Watson sucking, not Watson being biased.

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I think your term of inconsistency is when the ref doesn't call those dumb I.O.U calls.
The only true constant is that everything is a hook. Stick around the ankles? Hook. Stick in the face? Hook. Player alone at center ice falls down during the pre-game skate? Hook, to be served within thirty seconds of the opening faceoff.

Bah. The calls this year have been inconsistant from shift to shift, period to period, game to game. And in fairness, while I'm not making a comment on tonight's Sharks/Oil game, it is damn hard to make a claim that a ref isn't biased when they will only call penalties on one team, leaving any infractions by the other team to be solely covered by the other ref (Leggo, I'm looking in your direction...)

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I would say the calls on the Sharks were well deserved, but there were some deserved penalties against the Oilers that weren't called. Even Oiler fans can admit that Mark Bell was interfered with on that goal. If you're gonna make a call one way, then make that same call the other way. If it was a penalty against one team, it should be a penalty against the other.
Yea, but you're complaining about numbers. I agree that it should be called the same way, but if they called that penalty on Bell, then it's be like 7 penalties to 1 or whatever, and all the Shark fans would still be *****ing, which basically means they want I.O.U calls.

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i think in that brutal flames-canucks game it was both Watson & McGoof reffing

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The Sharks penalties have been good calls, sure they might have missed some from the Oilers, but not as many as the Sharks commentators have been pointing out, it is brutal to listen to.

And Roloson did not slam the net down...lol.

I am Stars fan who is in no way a fan of Roloson. His antics on the ice are nauseating, he didn't do anything to deserve a penalty unless whining is now cause for 2 mins in the box?

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I watched the game on Center Ice and it was the Sharks broadcast and i cant tell you that the reason why Shark fans are pissed is because McSorley bad mouthed the refs every time he spoke. Hahn even said the all the penalties to the Sharks were correct but he wished it would be more even. Well, hello!? The Oilers did nothing through the first two periods to deserve a penalty so there should not be anything wrong with what Brad Watson called. The puck that wasn't covered and the whistle blew anyway? Watson lost sight of the puck and all refs are instructed to blow the play dead when that happens so nothing wrong about that. McSorley is why your pissed.

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