I was willing to deal with replacement refs for this season, until tonight. Now I freely admit that I am a die hard Packer Fan. But after the game tonight in which the replacement referees decided that Seattle would win the game I'm now boycotting the NFL till the an agreement is made with the regular refs and they are back on the field. I will continue to play fantasy football but only because that's a commitment I made to our league.
The killing drive started off with a roughing the passer penalty that called back a Green Bay interception. I'm still trying to figure out how in the world that hit, with both players falling to the ground could in any way be called roughing the passer. At the very least the Packers would have kicked a field goal which would have made this a two score game. This drive included a "defensive pass interference" call in which the offensive player literally climbed over the defending Packer, including a face mask to get to the ball. The Packers held and got the ball on downs, but had to punt the ball away after a couple of major screw ups.
Packers are holding and the game ends with a Hail Mary pass that is intercepted in the end zone and yet the Seahawks are awarded the game winning touchdown. Some how one offensive hand on the ball cradled against the defender's chest with two hands is a tie ball. Of course the offensive pass interference is not called when the same receiver (Tate) pushes the Packer in front of him down.
Feel free to respond, I'm sure that everyone saw this a bit differently but the announcers are definitely on my side on this one.
So that's it I'm done watching football till the refs are back. The NFL has the commodity and bad refs yet everyone is watching anyway. Quite frankly as Steve Young pointed out last week, the NFL does not care about the product on the field this season, The stadiums are still full and they are making their money. This is the only thing that I can do, granted it won't make a bit of difference but it makes me feel a little better.
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