NFL Replacement Referees, Roger Goodell and the Myth of Sports Fans’ Power

September 26, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

To quote Ron Burgundy, “That escalated quickly!”  This in reference to the increasingly louder complaints by coaches, players, pundits and fans alike after last night’s “catch” by Golden Tate resulted in a victory for his Seattle Seahawks—one that undoubtedly should have been claimed by the opposing Green Bay Packers.
Now, I’ll do my best to not beat a dead horse as by now pretty much everyone in the sporting community (or anyone with access to ESPN, at least) has seen the egregious error in judgment by the referees in last night’s Seahawks-Packers bout in not giving Green Bay’s defensive back M.D. Jennings an interception as time expired.  Such a pick would have given the Pack their second win of the season.  Instead, one official called time (signaling an interception—the right call) and another signaled touchdown for the Seahawks’ Tate, who had about as much grip on the ball as I do our county&rsqu...

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