First off I want to say I dont have a dog in this hunt. Penalty or no penalty, it doesnt matter to me. If it was earned, then do it. If it wasnt earned, then no penalty.
I went back and rewatched the episode several times. I think we have some really funny editing going on about Fannypackgate. The Globes go up the hill with their backpacks and drop them and start the detour. We dont really see where they drop them. Christina comes up there and drops her fanny pack. Again, we dont see where she puts it. When the Globes finish, they pick up their stuff and go down the hill. Christina and Ron finish and the hunt begins for the fanny pack. Did she put it right next to the Globes backpacks, close enough that they might think it was theirs? Did she put it far enough away from the Globes backpacks, that there would be no mistaking her fanny pack for their own fannypack? We dont know this and in the past, TPTB always showed all the "action" that lead to penalties.
When Ron/Christina arrived at the mat and complain. Phil starts talking and we can see his lips moving in sync with what is being said. When he gets to the part about giving the Globes the penalty, the camera angle switches to a face shot of Ron/Christina. We do not see Phil's lips moving when he says he will give them a 30 minute penalty. Also, when he says it, there is absolutely NO reaction from Ron/Christina........just blank stares.
So personally, I think there was a lot of creative editing going on to create drama. And from judging from all the reactions, it worked. It will be interesting to see this week how/if it is all explained. If not next Sunday......then lots of good questions for people that attend TARcon18.