If one objectively looks at the video, one sees Calvin Johnson (Megatron) catching a pass on 3rd and 1, then running toward the end zone, where he is tackled. While being tackled, a Seattle defender punches the ball out causing a fumble. It then bounces and looks to be heading out of the back of the end zone. Another Seattle defender then hits/pushes the ball out. If done intentionally it would be illegal and Detroit's ball on the 1 yard line. If not done intentionally, then it is Seattle ball. Game over.
No penalty was called.
- To call a penalty, one had to see intent. This is never easy. Even God teaches us to not "judge." For only God knows the heart and its motivation. We can only see the action, not the intent of the heart.
- Defender admits to batting the ball out. [So now everyone "see" the "obvious" intent. Amazing!] He could easily have said it was an accident. But he didn't. He admitted it. God teaches us to speak the truth in love. We are not to deceive or say what itching ears may want to hear at that moment.
- Calvin Johnson tweeted that irregardless of the "blown call" he cannot fumble in that situation. He recognized his error and does not point the finger of blame. God teaches us that we are responsible for our sin.
After their sin In Genesis 3, Adam blames God and the woman (Eve, but she has not been given a name just yet), and the woman blames the serpent. They all point the finger to someone else. Yet all 3 are punished, because all 3 are responsible for their own actions.
Sports is big in America. So is pointing the finger and claiming to be a victim. But we must all take ownership for our decisions, our actions, our words, our thoughts. Because they only belong to one person: ME.