Twitter lit up last night after NFL replacement officials jobbed the Packers in a 14-12 victory. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel chronicles many of them here. Packer's lineman T.J. Lang is generating a lot of discussion with this:
(expletive) it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
The Seahawks went along with the charade and pretended they won. But that's the point. Not only do they know they didn't, the players, coaches and perhaps most importantly, the owners of the other 30 teams sitting home watching also now know the replacement refs are perfectly capable; capable of handing a game to the loser.
A couple of points not getting much attention:
1) Mike McCarthy showed class in getting his team back on the field for a meaningless extra point, even if you could lip read what he said on the way back.
2) On the interception that was ruled a touchdown, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports this series of events upstairs:
In the press box, Packers President Mark Murphy quietly watched the television replays alongside general manager Ted Thompson.
After Slavin's ruling confirmed the call by Easley, Murphy approached Mike Kensil, the NFL observer who was seated just a few seats down from him. Murphy asked about the replay process, and Kensil reminded him that Slavin was not a replacement.
Murphy declined comment.
So, Slavin, a full time NFL emploiyee, who is not a replacement, upheld this disgrace???