Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Referee Ed Hochuli has been the talk of the NFL this week after his blown call last Sunday cost the San Diego Chargers a victory against the Broncos in Denver. Late in the game, Hochuli blew his whistle during a fumble by Denver QB Jay Cutler that was recovered by San Diego. Because Hochuli’s inadvertent whistle stopped the play dead in its tracks, Denver kept the ball, and then scored the winning touchdown and two-point conversion.
Since last Sunday, Hochuli has taken a lot of heat, including tons of hate mail. That’s unfortunate. Hochuli doesn’t deserve hate mail, but he certainly has heavy criticism coming his way. There are those who feel sorry for Hochuli, including Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports columnist Greg Bedard. In his Saturday column, Bedard writes that because San Diego couldn’t stop Denver, Hochuli warrants a break:
“The Chargers still had ample opportunity to recover from the call. They were the ones who gave up the touchdown and the two-point conversion. How about a stop? How about a pass deflection? Anything?”
HELLO!!!!!! If Hochuli doesn’t blow an easy call, San Diego gets the ball and Denver never gets the chance to score the touchdown and convert the two-point conversion. San Diego would not have been put in the position of making the game saving plays on defense, if not for Hochuli’s blatant blunder.
Hochuli doesn’t deserve a break. Here’s hoping no NFL referee screws anybody else today.