What’s Your Take On The Controversy Surrounding The Dez Bryant Catch?

There is no sitting on the fence here! Those of you who have seen the Dez Bryant catch, or should we call it the non-catch, clearly have an opinion on whether or not it was a legit one. Those of you who haven’t seen it yet, well take a look.
It isn’t every day that a catch, *cough* a non-catch, grabs headlines the way Bryant’s did. Surely, this was one that was up there with Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch as far as social media popularity went. Of course, while Odell’s catch was making waves all over the internet for its sheer brilliance, Bryant’s caught everyone’s attention for the controversy surrounding it. When Tony Romo lobbed the football towards Bryant when the Dallas Cowboys were trailing 26-21 to the Green Bay Packers, he too must have been amazed at the way Bryant latched on to it, in spite of going down in a tumble. However, instead of celebrations on what was clearly a great athletic effort, the Cowboys and their fans were soon left disappointed when an official review overturned the catch. In a few moments, a play that was possibly one of the best in a long time, was relegated to the dark corridors of football controversies, instead of finding the limelight among the best the sport has seen.


Of course, this was only the beginning of the debate. The overturning of the catch helped the Packers to a 26-21 victory, and the Cowboys, who should have been celebrating with Bryant on their shoulders, were instead left disenchanted and frustrated. The officials, of course, had the rulebook to blame it all on. As the Calvin Johnson rule goes, “If a receiver loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.” So going by this one, the decision may have seemed like a clean one, yet it wasn’t.
“I had possession of the ball coming down and then I ran with the ball,” Bryant maintained. “That’s possession, right? One, two, three, reach. That’s a catch. That’s a catch. That’s a catch.” There were others who agreed with him. “It looked to me like he had three feet down,” said his coach Jason Garrett. “Dez reached out for the goal line, which he has done so many times. It’s a signature play for him. He maintained possession of it throughout, in my opinion.” Bryant even asked for a change in the rule tweeting:

Even Odell, clearly a man whose opinion on catches needs to be respected for obvious reasons, went on Twitter to share his thoughts on the official decision.



Even LeBron James got going with a string of tweets, but it seems that they have since been deleted: “At what point did he not have the ball though!!?” and “What is the definition of a catch or not in the NFL? I really wanna know? No one can answer the ?”, even deleting an earlier one that was clearly hot-headed and read, “That’s some bulls**t!!! Facts only”.
Well what’s done is done and knowing football, there will be plenty more controversies like this one. Sorry, Cowboy fans, better luck next year!
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