Rank 'Em: DFW's Controversial Calls

Created: June 3, 2010, 12:07 PM

There's nothing like a good ole fashion controversy.

The sports world is buzzing about a blown call that cost Detroit Tigers pitching Armando Galarraga, a former Texas Rangers prospect, a perfect game.

The Dallas sports scene has seen plenty of controversial calls throughout the years -- some hurting the local teams, some helping them.

Let's see where you would rank 'em.

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  • Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith's drop of a would-be touchdown pass might be the most memorable play of Super Bowl XIII. But, for those Cowboys, the most maddening play was a pass interference penalty called on cornerback Benny Barnes to set up the touchdown that gave the Steelers a two-score lead in the fourth quarter.
  • Many Mavericks fans, including the man who owns the team, will forever believe that referees handed the Miami Heat the 2006 NBA championship.
  • Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer didn't like a few calls during the drive that allowed No. 1 Texas to tie Oklahoma in the 1984 meeting between the Red River rivals. He was especially irate about an interception in the end zone that was ruled an incompletion with seconds remaining.
  • The winning goal in the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals was scored 14:51 into the third overtime in Game 6. There's never been a more controversial goal in NHL history.

    Brett Hull put in the game-winner, touching off a massive celebration as the Stars won their first and only Stanley Cup. Hull had put in a rebound off Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek. Hull's skate was in and out of the crease during the time that he gained possession of the puck, kicked it to his stick and put in the winning goal.
  • It's a no-call that Minnesota Vikings fans still complain about, insisting that Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson pushed cornerback Nate Wright to create enough room to catch the original Hail Mary pass.

    "I used that swim move that receivers use to get inside position on defensive backs," Pearson recently told ESPNDallas.com, describing the play that gave the Cowboys a 17-14 playoff upset in 1975. "There was contact with Nate Wright, but there was no deliberate push."