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Last night's football game holds a lesson no dreamer can afford to ignore.
I grew up in Massachusetts, so I naturally grew up rooting for the Patriots.
Last night on Monday night football, they lost on a last second play. One of the Carolina players held one of the New England players in the end zone. No would argue he was not playing the ball and had his back turned to the play. A penalty flag was thrown by the referee closest to the play and then reversed by a referee 25 yards away.
Here's what experts are saying about the call:
"the ball would have landed somewhere between a foot and a yard from the feet of Gronkowski" - Peter King, CNNSI
"Since the flag was thrown they should have stayed with the call. There was clear contact before the ball was intercepted" - Fox Sports rules expert, Mike Pereira
“The pass interference starts four yards deep in the end zone, and that’s where the ball ends up being thrown … It should be a penalty on Kuechly.” Jon Gruden
Could the 6 foot 5 Gronk have closed the 1 yard, maybe 1.5 yard, gap between him and the ball even though his momentum was clearly carrying him away? Maybe. Maybe not.
There's a lot of argument to be had that the referees cost the Patriots the game, but you know what?