May 21, 2013
NFL Replacement Ref Outrage Grows After Botched Call Leads to Seahawks Win
Posted on Sep 25, 2012
The Seattle Seahawks should send the NFL replacement referees officiating Monday night’s game a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates for the disputed call that gave the team a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
In case you missed it, here’s video of the play in question:
On Tuesday, with the Internet all abuzz with outrage from the previous night’s game, the league released a statement admitting the officiating error but said the touchdown by Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate would stand.
This is the third week the league has been without its regular refs, who are embroiled in a labor dispute with the league. Following the botched call, the NFL addressed where it was in its negotiations with the league’s regular officials.
“There is broad agreement that the quality and consistency of officiating can and should be improved. How to accomplish that is a critical issue separating the two sides in this negotiation,” the NFL said in a statement. “While the officials’ union would like to turn this into purely an economic dispute, we have told the union and the federal mediator that we are prepared to make reasonable economic compromises and that we will invest more money in officiating as long as it assures long term improvement.”
Still, it’s not just the sports world that is weighing in on the replacement officials; the controversy surrounding the Packers-Seahawks game has also made its way into the political arena.
President Obama tweeted on Tuesday:
On this matter, union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker actually agrees with the president and wants the union refs back. Walker tweeted:
Meanwhile, Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsinite Paul Ryan used the occasion to once again slam the president, comparing Obama to the replacement refs that blew the call.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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