Replacement RefereesSeptember 26th, 2012 at 12:10 am by Mike Cleff under Sports 18
Tuesday, September 25,
I was able to watch the end of the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks after anchoring the 11 p.m. sportscast on WLFI. I can truly say that it’s the most bizzarre ending to a pro football game that I’ve ever seen. Of course, it’s been well-documented that what appeared to be an interception by the Packers’ M.D. Jennings on the last play of the game was ruled a TD catch by Seahawks’ wide receiver and former Notre Dame standout Golden Tate.
To date, it’s BY FAR the biggest of many gaffes by the replacement referees, who are filling in for the regular NFL referees because of a labor dispute between the refs and the NFL.
I’m not going to continue the “dumping” on the replacement refs, who are trying their hardest but also are clearly in over their heads. I will be surprised if this doesn’t speed up the negotiations between the two sides toward a settlement. But, at the same time, a number of people think that the NFL will hold firm in its stance against the regular refs, due to the fact that the NFL is the country’s most popular sport in several areas, primarily in the television market.
I just know that I’m still stunned what I saw on the final play of Monday night’s game.
Blog to you soon,