Week 3 of the NFL regular season certainly exposes how awful the replacement referees have been for professional football. In their defense, a referee has never been perfect, yet the men who work the sidelines for the NFL earn a living being spot on. Essentially, the advantage the professionals have over the replacements comes down to experience—the ability to handle the pressure and understand the game at blazing speed.
In the matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers, after being depleted of timeouts, the refs allowed the 49ers to challenge two plays in question. In the Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree slipped on the ref’s hat! Several other games have been plagued by poor calls, yet none other than the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers’ Monday Night Football matchup.
The Replacement Referees Strike Again!
If you have not seen or at least heard how the final play for the Seahawks rolled out, Seattle’s Russell Wilson essentially threw a game-winning interception that resulted into a touchdown. Watch the clip here for further insight.
Unfortunately, the game ended in a horrible call that resulted in even more justified hatred for the NFL replacement referees. Two things can be learned from the atrocious game-altering referees: 1) Unions are bad and cause problems, time to jump on board and work business Roger Goodell 2) Never, NEVER, ever allow your team to be under the referee’s control.
The controversy could have all been avoided by the Green Bay Packers themselves. Referees are never perfect, no matter who they are, but you never allow an outside force to control your destiny. Were the Packers robbed of a victory on Monday Night Football? No question, but the Packers certainly had the opportunity to win.
Where was the Packers’ offense? Aaron Rodgers failed to show up in the fourth quarter and was sacked nine times throughout the game. Credit the blazing Seattle defense for sending the heat on Rodgers, but Green Bay did not play like 15-1 team they were last season and allowed the rookie-led Seahawks to maintain the upper hand.
The Green Bay Packers should have won tonight, though you must remember one thing: if you want to win, then outright win! Never leave the fate of a victory in the hands of anyone else!