10 Controversial Calls in Sports History

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Detroit Lions (1998)

In the 1998 NFL Thanksgiving Day game, Pittsburgh Steelers' running back Jerome Bettis claimed he called "tails" and was outraged when the toss was declared in favor of the Lions. Referee Phil Luckett later told reporters he heard Bettis say "heads-tails" and went with "heads" as the player's first answer. 

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