The integrity of the NFL has officially been compromised by the replacement refs.
No longer can we stand idly by and watch as these guys blow call after call.
No longer can we stand idly by and watch as these guys determine the outcome of games. The sport that we love, the sport that we cheer for, cry over and celebrate is no longer being determined by the players.
THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW.
Of course, the focal point of my criticism is the horrific Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and the Packers.
Over the course of this game, the replacement refs could not control themselves. Penalties were called so constantly that neither team could gain any momentum. In the last five minutes of the game, I counted three missed calls on the Seahawks' second-to-last drive alone (aside from, obviously, the final call of the game):
1) A missed holding call on Clay Matthews.
2) The roughing-the-passer penalty on Erik Walden in which he tackled Russell Wilson outside the pocket as he threw the ball.
3) The defensive pass interference call—Sam Shields had his head turned, made a play on the ball and was pulled down by Sidney Rice. The replacement refs determined that Shields was out of line and threw the flag. While the Seahawks did not score on this drive, the course of the game was changed.
Now onto the final play.
First of all, Seattle receiver Golden Tate blatantly pushed off on Green Bay's Sam Shields in order to have a chance to make a play on the football.
Secondly, the official rule states that if a player has possession of the ball first and then another eligible player grabs part of the ball, it is not ruled simultaneous possession. M.D. Jennings controlled the football first. Golden Tate then got a hand on the ball as Jennings was bringing it back down to his chest, turning to show possession to officials standing near the pile. One ref signaled a touchdown, but a second ref came in and signaled a touchback.
In the end, the call on the field was ruled in favor of Tate and the Seahawks. After reviewing the play, the refs determined that—because the touchdown was called on the field as simultaneous possession—all they could decide was whether or not he caught it inbounds.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will not be able to “scramble” away from this terrible officiating anymore, and hopefully this will be the final straw in the referee-lockout saga.
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