Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/7/13
Ah, replacement referees. Remember those first few weeks of the 2012 NFL season? When rules were confused, calls were botched, and coaches looked absolutely fed up with the NFL because the league's regular referees were demanding a raise? Arguably the most controversial call made during the brief but impactful Replacement Ref Era was The Immaculate Touchception that gave Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks a game-winning touchdown over the Green Bay Packers that looked suspiciously like, well, an interception: The play was the NFL's worst nightmare, as it appeared on Monday Night Football and the backlash against replacement referees was already reaching absurd levels. Just about the only people that weren't upset about the call were the Seahawks players and fans. Golden Tate, in particular, benefited from the call, as he came away with a Hail Mary touchdown that will be shown on NFL Network for years. So when Seahawks CB Richard Sherman put on a Celebrity Softball Tournament, w...
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