Category Archives: Referees

26

September

Packers vs. Seattle: Moving on from Monday Night: It. Is. Time.

Green Bay Packers huddle

Green Bay Packers will unite at Lambeau Field this Sunday

By now, you’ve all probably read everyone’s take on last night’s embarrassing showing by the NFL.  I’m a bit late to the party but I have the benefit of some extra time to digest what took place and having read it all too.  I don’t have it figured out, probably never will.  But I do know that I feel very disappointed.

I’m not going to break down the numbers, re-hash the stats or talk about the “shoulda, woulda, coulda”.  So what am I going to do?  I’m just going to shoot straight from the hip.  I’m going add this one to the list of disappointments in recent Packer history:

- The Terrell Owens TD catch in the end zone to beat the Pack during the 1998 season playoffs.  A loss that ironically was affected by another bad call by a referee as an obvious Jerry Rice fumble was ruled down by contact.  Back then there was no instant replay and the call stood.  9ers drove down and. . . .

- 1st playoff loss at Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons (a dome team) during 2002 season playoffs

- 4th and 26 a year later

- The embarrassing playoff loss to the Vikings during the 2004 season playoffs

- The entire 2005 season

- The gut-wrenching NFCCG loss to the Giants during the 2007 playoffs that would be Brett Favre’s last game in a Packer uniform

-The 2008 offseason and eventual trade of Favre to the Jets and the drama that it brought with it

-Last year’s playoff loss, again to the Giants, after a 15-1 regular season

You’re probably all saying “well most of those are playoff games.  Of course they’re disappointing!”.  No, last night’s Packers vs. Seahawks matchup wasn’t a playoff game, but it sure felt like it, didn’t it?  As I’m sitting here watching the replay of the game’s final play for about the 50th time and over 24 hours later, it feels as though the Packers lost much more than a single football game.  Over the past day, not a single side bar on ESPN’s network is without at least one topic related to yesterday’s contest.  When was the last time a regular season game, especially this early in the season, got this much play?

25

September

Video: NFL Replacement Refs Music Parody: Flo Rida Whistle

Not specifically Packers vs. Seahawks related, but  certainly timely give the events of last night.  Maybe we could all use  a little something to lighten the mood…  Enjoy!  (or at least try)

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25

September

Newspaper Covers and Headlines around the Country: Packers vs. Seahawks

Here’s a collection of Newspaper covers and headlines commenting on the events of last night’s Packers vs. Seahawks Monday Night Fiasco:

 

Seattle Times cover Packers vs. Seahawks

Seattle Times cover

 

NY Daily News Cover - Packers vs. Seahawks

NY Daily News Cover

 

Washington News Tribune - Packers vs. Seahawks

Washington News Tribune Cover

 

New York Post Cover - Packers vs. Seahawks

New York Post Cover -

 

Oshkosh Northwestern Cover - Packers vs. Seahawks

Oshkosh Northwestern Cover

 

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25

September

Screwed in Seattle Turns into Spineless in Seattle: Packers vs. Seahawks

Packers Seahawks Brandon Tate MD Jennings TD INT

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Packers vs. Seahawks: As the shock of seeing two referees standing in front of each other signaling opposite calls wore off… As the shock of seeing the wrong call get accepted wore off… As the shock of a replay review confirming the wrong call wore off… We got to witness insult being added to injury.

Pete Carroll prancing around the field like a silly schoolgirl (apologies to schoolgirls everywhere). Russell Wilson spouting off about what a great win they had just “earned.”  Golden Tate playing dumb. They’re all weasels.

I was kind of surprised that watching these guys show no class (or spine) bothered me more than even how the game ended.

Every NFL team has gotten screwed by the officials at some point. It happens. Of course, that’s why we have replay, right? To avoid those situations. But there are still humans watching the replay.

This is why I really try hard not to complain about referees. I never want to come off like a crybaby, I want to show more class than that. Conversely, if my team is given a gift from the referees, I try to be humble about it and have no problem admitting it or being apologetic to the other team’s fans. that doesn’t make me a great person, just a mature one, I guess. In the old days we would have called that “being a man,” but I’m enlightened enough now to know that’s sexist and unfair to women to categorize such behavior by sex. But I digress…

My real point here is I want to present to you the opposite of that phrase, namely “being a weasel.” Pete Carroll, Brandon Tate and Russel Wilson are weasels. Or at the very least, they acted like weasels last night:

Pete Carroll:

 ”It’s a great moment for everybody. Thrilled for our kids, for our fans, what a great night for Monday Night football.

“For Him (Wilson) to make that play, for Golden to make that play, it’s kind of beyond words.” It’s a great moment for us.

“From what I understood from the officials it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call,”