but the initial reaction was justified....I've not seen such a bad "judgement" on a judgement call for some time
Definitely bad judgment for a major league ump. "Clearly erroneous". There is no possible argument for legitimizing that call especially after the LF called the IF off.
It was so bad, not even Tim Donaghy makes that call. If there wasn't gambling involved, then that ump should be summarily dismissed for pure, utter and sheer incompetence.
The fans actions were excusable, the umps...inexcusable. Then to have the nerve to even attempt to justify it. My blood is still boiling over this. At least Holbrook could own up to his mistake and, then, I think most fans could admit, hey, people make mistakes.
Same situation with the Bama-alumni replay official on the PP7 INT. Even Rodgers Redding and Mike Slive came out and supported the call in the face of clear and undisputable video evidence of PP7's foot being (AT A MINIMUM) 6" inside the field of play.