Who all watched last night's Seahawks-Packers game? How 'bout 'dem referees!?
If you missed it, let me fill you in. Both teams fought tooth-and-nail the entire game, with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers getting sacked 8 times and neither team getting the upper hand.
With his team trailing 12-7 in the waning seconds of the game, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw up a hail mary to the end zone where wide receiver Golden Tate and defender M.D. Jennings were waiting. Both players leapt for the ball at the same time and came crashing back down in a heap with the pigskin caught somewhere between them.
Initially, it was difficult to tell who had possession of the ball, but after several replays it was clear that Jennings had made the interception. However, the officials ruled that the pass was caught and therefore a touchdown. Even after watching the replay, the referees never over-turned the call and the Seahawks won 14 to 12.
The call was just one in a long list of blunders made by referees this season, and it's apparent that the NFL's replacement refs are in over their heads. Granted, everyone makes mistakes, but reffing in the NFL is a college subject and it's now being taken by a bunch of runny-nosed 5th graders.
Ever since Roger Goodell took the reigns as commissioner, it seems there is always some kind of controversy going on in the NFL. From Spy-gate to the player hold-out, to bounty-gate and now the referee hold-out, it's beginning to turn into a never-ending cycle.
Hopefully, after last night's debacle, Goodel and the league's owners will give-in to the regular referee's demands and we can put this all behind us. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry, and if it asks for only the best players, why not for the best officials?
And where did these replacement refs come from anyways, the Big 12?
Just for fun, here's a great one of an un-biased Big 12 ref.
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