NFL Supports Blown MNF Call: Is It Time for a Boycott of the NFL?

Benjamin MottCorrespondent IIISeptember 25, 2012

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Replacement referee Robert Dalton (22) talks with back judge Bobby Jackson (56) and side judge Jeff Garvin (38) for a penalty flag during the game with the Dallas Cowboys against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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The replacement referees have been awful so far this season.

NFL officials and owners still believe that they are fine and are doing a good job.

After the events that took place Monday night, it's obvious that is very much false. However, the NFL has announced that they support the decision to not overturn Golden Tate's controversial touchdown "catch" in the Monday night game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. Tate's catch won the Seahawks the game, 14-12.

Obviously, the complaints of fans, players and coaches alike are being ignored by the NFL front office. The regular referees are still currently locked out, and with no further meetings between the owners and referees, we could be stuck with the replacement refs for a long time to come.

At this point in time, the only possible way for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to finally get the message is a boycott of NFL games.

While it sounds very radical, this may be the only way to finally get it to register that these referees truly are a problem.

Up to this point, the replacement refs had made many bad calls, but none that majorly affected games.

This time, it did.

According to the NFL rulebook, if both a receiver and defender simultaneously have control of the football, possession is given to the receiver.

However, in this situation, Packers safety M.D. Jennings clearly had possession of the football, while Tate only seemed to have one hand on the ball, which would have meant the ball should have gone to Jennings.

For the NFL to support the call on the field is a complete slap in the face to not only the Packers and their fans, but to NFL fans everywhere.

Regardless of what happened throughout the rest of the game, the Packers had a game stolen from them by the replacement referees, and the NFL did nothing to stop it. Obviously, the NFL can't change the result after the game has already ended, but for it to support the referees decision is absolutely ridiculous.

If the replacements mess up a play like that, who knows what else they could mess up? It's time for the real referees to come back, and until they do, the fans will not stop complaining.

A boycott may be the only thing that gets it through the heads of NFL officials that these replacement referees just are not working.


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