Some time ago there was an audio file floating around the internet that struck up a lot of debate as to what was actually said on it. I am of course referring to the infamous Laurel/Yanny debate. This debate left me scratching my head because to me it clearly said “Laurel.” I simply couldn’t understand how anyone heard anything different. Fast forward to the coin toss in overtime on Monday night, Geno Smith’s call is sparking up a similar debate. During the broadcast (and in the several clips I’ve watched since then) I thought he clearly said “tails,” after which the ref responded by saying he called “heads” and gave them the ball. Once again I found myself thoroughly confused. I couldn’t understand what just happened.
After analyzing the clip several more times, I’ve come to the conclusion that there must be something wrong with my hearing, because otherwise we would’ve seen Richard Sherman throw a fit when they were awarded the toss. So now I leave it to all of you, what do you hear? I’m genuinely curious because this whole hearing two different things phenomenon fascinates me.
Geno Smith calls tails during OT coin flip— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 12, 2019
Ref says he called Heads
Seahawks given ball
Ladies and Gentleman, NFL officiating... ♂️ pic.twitter.com/Y1WRk4rKfx
Now on to those links...
Seahawks-49ers coin toss controversy: Pete Carroll, Geno Smith add to the confusion about what was called (John Breech, CBS Sports)
49ers Locker Room ‘Excited to Get Another Chance’ Following ‘MNF’ Overtime Loss (Video, 49ers.com)
49ers’ answer to first loss? ‘We’ll be absolutely fine’ (Nick Wagoner, ESPN)
Joe Montana Statue Vandalized at Levi’s Stadium During 49ers Game: Police (NBC Bay Area)
The 49ers Are a New Take on a Classic Team (Robert Klemko, Sports Illustrated)
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan remains confident in Kendrick Bourne’s hands (Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports)
Transcript: Kyle Shanahan discusses 49ers’ injuries, Emmanuel Sanders, Richie James, Colin Kaepernick workout, previews Cardinals (49ers Webzone)
Fantasy Alert: 49ers’ George Kittle Ruled out vs. Cardinals with Knee Injury (Tim Daniels, Bleacher Report)
49ers backtrack, say George Kittle not yet ruled out for Week 11 rematch with Cardinals (Cody Benjamin, CBS Sports)
6 silver linings from the 49ers’ heartbreaking loss to Seahawks (Kyle Madson, Niners Wire)
ESPN anchor criticized for ‘moment too big’ comment after 49ers kicker missed field goal (Ryan Gaydos, Fox News)
49ers Sign DL Damontre Moore; Place DL Ronald Blair III on Injured Reserve (49ers.com)