In case you haven’t heard, last night’s football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks ended on a call that was, at the very least, dubious. And the tainted result has fans across the U.S. (not to mention high rollers in Vegas) seeing red.
On watching and re-watching the video, we can see quite clearly that the Hawks’ receiver not only shoved one of the defenders out of the way before making his “catch”; he never even had proper possession of the football.
To make things worse, the two refs couldn’t even agree on the call! The one who was closest to the action ruled the play a game-ending touchback but appeared to succumb to peer pressure (or something other unspoken force) and turn it into a touchdown. We’re still a little shocked that a call this bad was made by people who get paid to make calls—even if they are replacements.
One thing that even the (very lucky) winning coach can agree on: the NFL’s labor impasse needs to end.
Here are some quotes that NFL officials should read—from people with the experience to know: