Referee Ed Hochuli clearly looks like the strongest referee in the NFL.
After Sunday, it’s safe to say he is all brawn and no brains.
Hochuli’s incompetent officiating clearly cost the San Diego Chargers a 39-38 loss at Denver.
All of America could plainly see Broncos’ quarterback Jay Cutler fumbled the ball away to San Diego in the game’s waning moments, which should have closed out a 38-31 win.
But Hochuli let his muscles get in the way of his vision by ruling it an incomplete pass and blowing his whistle; costing the Chargers the ball and blowing the game.
"That’s not acceptable," Chargers’ coach Norv Turner rightfully said more than once in the aftermath.
Oh, sure, the Chargers still could have held the Broncos from the 10 – or stopped a two-point conversion – to win the game a second time.
But once you’ve won the game, why have to win it a second time?
And what was with the instant replay not working in the first quarter?
All of America could see on TV replays that San Diego’s Chris Chambers was obviously down after catching a pass. Hochuli’s crew called it an interception, which was news to TV viewers but not the incompetency in the replay booth.
That was bad enough. Hochuli’s ridiculous call at the end was the worst thing some of us have since the Holy Roller 30 years ago by the Oakland Raiders.
There’s no excuse for Hochuli’s incompetency ... or the Chargers’ 0-2 start!