Alright Sunday’s game with New England was bad all the way around. We can all agree on that. The refs blew a few calls here and there but in the end it did not change the game too much. It came down to a field goal. I for one still do not know if the kick was good or not. That was a bad game for all who had to watch or play in it. However, that game paled in comparison to last nights Monday Night Football game on ESPN was ridicules. The NFL after just getting over the labor strike and still dealing with the New Orleans bounty fiasco; can not afford these bad replacement refs.
Week 3 in the NFL seemed like every game had bad calls, especially Monday night. The replacement officials handed over a win to Seattle. That’s right I said handed over because they did not beat Green Bay. That last desperation pass was clearly an interception. The Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown. Again I use the words “awarded”, “given” and “given” because it was not earned. What made the call so bad was that it was really clear to everyone watching that it was an interception. The refs watched the same reply as everyone else and still came back with the same call of touchdown. How is that possible? No one that saw the play can understand because the Packers safety M.D. Jennings had the ball against his body, with the Seahawks Tate getting his arm around the ball. The Replacements also missed the clear shove to cornerback Sam Shields who ended up on the ground.
There is not much that one can do after or during the game. The NFL is going to turn a blind eye to the calls and try to shut down the people it had control over. The Broncos coach John Fox was fined $30,000 on Monday and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 for verbal abuse of the officials during a Monday night game against Atlanta on Sept. 17. We are sure Belichick and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will have to pay up as well.
Former NFL coach Jon Gruden, working the game for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” called “tragic” and “comical.”
“Very hard to swallow,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I have never seen anything like that in my time in football.”
“These games are a joke,” Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted.
Packers guard T.J. Lang was more emphatic, tweeting that the Packers were robbed “by the refs. Thanks NFL.”
“Nature says for us that we’re going to go out there and push the limit regardless,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said.
“We said, ‘You’re enforcing it from the wrong spot.’ He was adamant that they weren’t doing so,” Coach Schwartz said. “At that point, we just needed to play.” (said after the refs clearly placed the ball in the wrong spot)
“I don’t feel any guilt,” Munchak said. “For us, really the obvious answer is there’s nothing we can do about who’s officiating games. It’s the same for everybody, so go out and don’t get caught up in all that.” (said after his team won because of a bad call)
Browns kicker Phil Dawson said. “You have to have so many car wrecks before they deem that intersection to be dangerous enough — and we’re heading that way. Someone’s going to lose a game, if it hasn’t already happened, to get both sides to a pressure point to get a deal done. It’s sad.”
“Don’t ask me a question about the officials,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in football.”
T.J. Lang said “fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted “These games are a joke”
NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted “I simply just LOVE the NFL to much to see these mistakes. I’m sick like I just played for the Packers”
Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach tweeted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office phone number, saying in a separate tweet that if the ending Monday did not spark an end to the lockout “this season will be a joke.”