Just when we had moved on to the 2013 NFL season and were inching further away from the disaster that was dubbed “Fail Mary” last season, shock waves hit Twitter this past weekend. OK, maybe shock waves is a bit of an exaggeration-unless you’re a Green Bay Packers fan.
It was announced that NFL replacement referee Lance Easley, who infamously awarded a game-winning touchdown to Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate at the end of last year’s Monday Night Football contest against the Packers, has written a book entitled “Making the Call” and it goes on sale starting August 1st.
While Easley’s blown call was what ultimately led to the end of the NFL’s lockout of the regular refs, it obviously came at a cost to both the Packers and the NFL. Who knows what would have become of Green Bay’s 2012 season had the right call been made and had the Packers left Seattle with the win.
As we know, Easley had no previous experience as a professional referee prior to that game. He had done some high school and lower division college games and no one knew who he was. That all changed in the blink of an eye and apparently Easley intends to ride the wave of that fame (infamy, really) all the way to the bank. Ironically, his day job is as an Executive with Bank of America. I’m sure many are hoping that he won’t have the luxury of quitting that job and living off of the royalties from the sale of his book.
The book has caused some blood-boiling, judging by the reaction on Twitter from fans and media alike. While there is uproar among Packers fans and around the NFL, it seems to be another story in Seattle. A while back, there were rumors that Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had invited Easley to be a guest at his celebrity softball game, which took place this past Sunday. Those rumors were proven true when images of Easley posing with Seahawks players surfaced after the event. Here is one in particular that ESPN tweeted:
Seahawks WR Golden Tate reunites with “Fail Mary” referee Lance Easley at celebrity softball game » pic.twitter.com/slkuuC6TYq
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 8, 2013