Originally written September 25, 2012 on Raw Sports:
The NFL replacement refs have taken quite a bit of criticism after repeatedly showing just how “in over their heads” they are. I personally don’t blame them, they’re doing the best they can. But I do blame the NFL and Roger Goodell for believing that they could just move on with replacement refs without missing a beat. That is pure arrogance in my opinion. The worst of the replacement ref experiment may have taken place at the end of the Monday Night Football game last night as the Seattle Seahawks were attempting a game winning pass against the Green Bay Packers. Russell Wilson essentially threw up a jump ball in the end zone with the Seahawks down 7-12 late in the 4th quarter. A Packers defender caught the ball, had both hands around the ball and fell down, with possession on Seattle WR, Golden Tate. Tate did not have his hands on the ball, let alone control or possession. Somehow, even after review, the refs ruled a “simultaneous catch” which gives the possession to the offense. It was one of the most egregious calls i’ve ever seen. Packers offensive Lineman, TJ Lang, agrees and he did not hold back on his Twitter account: While I agree with him, and appreciate his candor… he’s going to be significantly lighter in the wallet….
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