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December 3, 2001 | Roy Jurgens
It looks as though the curse of Phil Luckett struck again, this time almost costing the Saints a victory. With New Orleans on the Carolina 46, Aaron Brooks took a fleaflicker from Ricky Williams, and threw deep to Joe Horn. It appeared Horn would make the reception and score, but he crashed into back judge Luckett and dropped the ball. "I thought it was another defensive back making a play until I saw the official rolling around," Horn said.
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December 3, 2001 | Roy Jurgens
It looks as though the curse of Phil Luckett struck again, this time almost costing the Saints a victory. With New Orleans on the Carolina 46, Aaron Brooks took a fleaflicker from Ricky Williams, and threw deep to Joe Horn. It appeared Horn would make the reception and score, but he crashed into back judge Luckett and dropped the ball. "I thought it was another defensive back making a play until I saw the official rolling around," Horn said.
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January 15, 2000
After reading T.J. Simers' "report" of the Tennessee-Buffalo game, I might have thought Mr. Simers was running for political office; the column was loaded with opinion disguised as fact. Mr. Simers "reports" the facts in the style of a Populist, as if all of us agreed with him and then that would make his opinion fact. But best of all, he uses referee Phil Luckett's past mistakes as evidence of his alleged present mistake. I like this reasoning because in the future, whenever I have reason to question Mr. Simers' objectivity in his "reporting," I will be able to look back on this poor example of reporting the obvious story here--the actual room for differences of opinion.
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January 15, 2000
After reading T.J. Simers' "report" of the Tennessee-Buffalo game, I might have thought Mr. Simers was running for political office; the column was loaded with opinion disguised as fact. Mr. Simers "reports" the facts in the style of a Populist, as if all of us agreed with him and then that would make his opinion fact. But best of all, he uses referee Phil Luckett's past mistakes as evidence of his alleged present mistake. I like this reasoning because in the future, whenever I have reason to question Mr. Simers' objectivity in his "reporting," I will be able to look back on this poor example of reporting the obvious story here--the actual room for differences of opinion.
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December 8, 2001 | SAM FARMER
SAM FARMER'S NFL RANKINGS WITH COMMENTS 1. Pittsburgh (9-2) Solid corners let Steelers blitz 24/7. 2. St. Louis (9-2) Rams are impressive ... when they hang onto the ball. 3. Chicago (9-2) Bears lead the league in lucky breaks. 4. San Francisco (9-2) Even J.J. Stokes has started to produce. 5. Oakland (8-3) Inability to stop the run will hurt Raiders in the playoffs. 6. Green Bay (8-3) Brett Favre must sit in on Chicago meetings. 7. Miami (8-3) Dolphins have to get their ground game on track. 8.
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December 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Joe Horn didn't have any penalties Sunday. He still had trouble with the officials. Horn, who caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Aaron Brooks with 1:31 remaining to give the New Orleans Saints a 27-23 victory over Carolina, missed another one when he collided with an official at the goal line in the first quarter. It was only one of several strange occurrences that left the Saints (6-5) in need of a rally despite holding the Panthers (1-11) to 150 total yards.
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December 27, 1998 | T.J. Simers
1. Question: Who gets the second pick in the next NFL draft? Answer: Probably Philadelphia. The expansion Browns get the first pick, most likely taking Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch and leaving the Eagles with Texas running back Ricky Williams as a replacement for Ricky Watters, who left before this season for Seattle. The Eagles have to lose to the Giants today.
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December 4, 1998 | Associated Press
Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills, ripped into NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Thursday for "pompous lectures" and a $50,000 fine for complaints that bad officiating cost his team a game against the New England Patriots. Wilson wasn't alone in his criticism of officials. William Clay Ford Sr., whose Detroit Lions benefited from the coin-toss fiasco, will be similarly punished for his remarks.
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November 28, 1998 | Associated Press
Radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh said Friday it enhanced the audio of a CBS-TV tape and detected someone faintly saying "heads" before Steeler fullback Jerome Bettis said "tails" during the controversial overtime coin flip in the Detroit Lions' 19-16 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Referee Phil Luckett has been blamed by the Steelers for blowing the toss, which gave first possession in overtime to Detroit. The Lions subsequently drove for Jason Hanson's game-winning 42-yard field goal.
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December 22, 1998 | From Associated Press
Dan Marino dominated in his first matchup against John Elway since 1985, throwing for 355 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Miami Dolphins past the Denver Broncos, 31-21, on Monday night. Miami (10-5) clinched the final AFC playoff berth as a wild-card entry, giving the AFC East four teams in postseason. The Broncos (13-2), who were unbeaten and looked unbeatable two weeks ago, lost their second game in a row.
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December 7, 1998 | From Associated Press
On a day when he nearly wore out his arm, Vinny Testaverde used his legs to lift the New York Jets to a wild comeback victory. And in this season of officiating bobbles, Testaverde got a kind boost from the head linesman. Actually, it was more like a gift. "People told me it looked like it wasn't in," Testaverde said after his five-yard sneak on fourth down with 20 seconds left Sunday was ruled a touchdown, giving the Jets a 32-31 decision over the Seattle Seahawks.
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January 9, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a call by Phil Luckett's crew a year ago, which ruled New York Jet quarterback Vinny Testaverde had scored when he had not, costing the Seattle Seahawks a playoff berth and leading to the return of instant replay. And now Luckett, the man who heard "heads" when Jerome Bettis called "tails," was surrounded by thousands of Tennessee Titan fans, his head buried under a curtain reviewing a lateral--legal or illegal--that would determine whether Tennessee or Buffalo advanced in the playoffs.
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