If you were anywhere around
social media on Monday night, it doesn’t matter if you watched the Packer game:
You knew what was going on.
Posts such as:
“Helen Keller to ref next
“This is what the Mayans
“Do these refs actually just
work at Foot Locker?”
“Expletive Expletive refs
Littered Facebook and Twitter.
Packers’ guard TJ Lang’s tweets became the most retweeted in all of Twitter
“Got F-ed by the refs…
Embarrasing. Thanks nfl.”
“F- it NFL. Fine me and use
the money to pay the regular ref.s”
Even President Obama himself
tweeted about the situation:
“NFL fans on both sides of the
aisle hope that refs’ lockout is settled soon-bo”
For those of you who don’t
know what went down Monday night, here’s a brief summary:
This year, the NFL had to bring in replacement
referees because the regular referees are on strike.
The replacement refs were
brought in from places such as high school football and junior colleges. So, as
to be expected, they’re not of the highest caliber. Their aptitude has shown
through this whole season, but it really came to a head Monday night when the
Packers played the Seahawks.
The controversial call? It was the last second of
the game and Seahawks’ quarterback, Russel Wilson, threw a hail mary up into
the end zone. While the ball was in the air, Seahawks’ wide receiver Golden
Tate shoved Packers’ cornerback Sam Sheilds to the ground (a pass interference,
which would automatically undo the play). Packers’ safety M.D. Jennings came down
with the ball. However, one official called it a touchdown while the other
official deemed it an interception. The final decision was that Tate caught the
ball, causing the Seahawks to win by two points following an extra point.
The NFL rulebook states in Rule 8, Section 1,
Article 3, Item 5 states:
“Simulaneous Cathc. If a pass is caught
simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball
belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains
control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.”
From watching the replay, it’s clear that Jennings
had possession of the ball first and Tate had possession of Jennings.
So, here’s the deal: everyone’s pissed. And of
course I am too, because I’m an avid Packer and football fan, and clearly,
clearly it was an interception. And yes, we were robbed of the game.
But let’s be real, friends. Let’s not forget how
bad the game was before the call. Aaron Rodgers was sacked 8 times and our
defense was non-existent. The game shouldn’t have come down to just a touchdown
to begin with. We should have never been in that situation.
Putting that aside, the referee situation still
stands. How can the NFL retain its integrity when their refs aren’t even
playing by their own rules?
A deal has been made as of
10:00 p.m. Wednesday night with the refs. The details have not yet been
released but a professional crew is expected to work Thurday’s game.