When The Whistle BlowsPity the poor secretary who trudges in to work this morning at the law offices of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. in Phoenix. Being crushed by an avalanche of fax paper when you open the door is no way to die. Chargers fans spent Sunday evening posting Ed Houchli's work email and phone number all across the internets, which should make for a fun work week at the office. Of course by now you're familiar with the NFL official's big blunder; a moment of NFL Tourette's during the final two minutes of the Denver-San Diego game on Sunday. Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer blew an early whistle on Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler, changing a fumble into an incomplete pass and costing the Chargers the victory. Further details here. The reaction: • Norv Turner: Not happy. “It was a fumble, clear to everyone on our sideline, and I'm sure all the fans,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said. “Ed came over to me and said he blew it and that's not, to me, acceptable. This is a high-level performance game and it is not acceptable to have a game decided on that play.” • Chargers fans: A bit peeved. "Please add (I'd say zebra, but that would give innocent animals a bad name) Ed Hochuli to pioneer Don Denkinger's Sports Officiating Hall of Shame. If the NFL had any integrity, which it does not, the final score would, and by right, should be: Chargers 38, Broncos 31." — Dave Dial, San Diego • Denver media: Um, what call? • Hochuli: Issues cold, dry statement on yellow legal pad, to be typed up later: "The ruling on the field was that it was an incomplete pass. We went to replay. It should have been ruled a fumble. By rule – by the instant replay rules – on that particular play where there's a pass/fumble, a quarterback pass/fumble – the rules do not permit you to give the ball to the other team. All we can do to fix it is put the ball at the spot that it hit the ground.” • Deadspin readers: Degenerate gamblers: "Let's not forget that the Chargers were 1.5 point favorites so in this scenario, anyone with the Donkeys wins. Why else would Shanahan go for two? He misses they lose by one. He makes it they win by one. Nothing suspect about that at all. That was the take. Everything about that was the take. Please do not let that go unnoticed. The Chargers will still win the division and kill the Donks next time they play, but that was nothing less than atrocious. I beg you to not let this story die." — CJ Of course this is only the second-worst decision that Hochuli has made in his career; the first being when he sent letters to college referees during the NFL officials strike in 2001, threatening them if they came in as scabs. When the current version of instant replay was adopted in 1999, Steve Young spoke out against it, saying that the game will never be totally fair, and that part of football — like life — is learning to overcome those moments when you get screwed by the powers that be. "The human element is what makes football special," he said. And I have to agree, to a point. If they can't figure a way for instant replay to be used to fix blunders like this, then it shouldn't be used at all. Screwjob For The Ages [Rumors And Rants]