Raging at the Refs
Kaitlyn Luckow - COMMENTARY
kluck791@uwsp.edu


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 week.”

“This is what the Mayans predicted.”

“Do these refs actually just work at Foot Locker?”

“Expletive Expletive refs Expletive.”

Littered Facebook and Twitter. Packers’ guard TJ Lang’s tweets became the most retweeted in all of Twitter history:

“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. 

(Belinda Hankins Miller / Wikimedia Commons)
 

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.