Replacement referees blow deciding call in Monday Night Football

The replacement ref speaks! 10 explanations for what happened last night.

9/25/12 in NFL   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

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Hello, I'm the replacement referee who threw his hands up signalling for a TD last night, and it's become apparent to me, through being near my cell phone, surfing the internet, walking around in America, and seeing the way the sun rose so angrily this morning, that people are upset about that call. Please, let me explain, and if you don't like one explanation, just move down the list until you see one that seems suitable enough.

1. By throwing up two opposite signals in the aftermath of the play, the other ref and I were not disagreeing with each other, but instead playing a new version of rock-paper-scissors known as TD-INT-WTF. In TD-INT-WTF, TD beats INT. FYI, WTF beats everything, which is why you've been seeing that call made all season.

2. Up until the final play, we had made a total of 19 terrible calls. It was simply Green Bay's turn. Fair's fair.

3. One could plainly see that Jennings possessed that ball when it came down. What people don't realize is that when Russell Wilson released the pass he did not yell "500," but threw Green Bay for a loop by tossing a "bankrupt" out there instead. A veteran move from a rookie, if you ask me.

4. If you look at #24 in the photo above, he's also signalling TD. So, yeah, go yell at that guy.

5. The "rulebook" they gave us that I haven't quite gotten around to yet clearly states that if a player catches the player who catches the ball, then it is a reception/touchdown/go Seahawks.

6. Hey, what would you do if you were hired for a job way above your qualifications? I'm wingin' it! Don't hate the player...

7. What? I wasn't signaling for a TD! I thought hands in the air was the international signal for "I'm having a good time!" People are so uptight. Go Hawks.

8. I'm lonely.

9. While I have neither Golden Tate or the Green Bay defense on my fantasy team, thoughts of my fantasy team entered my mind, I panicked, and don't remember much after that.

10. Come on, figure it out for yourself, I'm a Seahawks fan. 

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9/25/12   |   hummus   |   320 respect

haha,. awesome. i would add "as part of our agreement with the NFL we can do whatever we want and Roger Goodell will back us. It's really a win win." or "I have those discount double check commercials, they had it coming to them."  or "Cmon man I got caught up in the moment of 60,000 screaming fans celebrating a game winning TD as time expired! First and foremost I am a fan."

9/25/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Jeff_P wrote:
ITS A GAME FOLKS.........A FRICKING GAME.....GET OVER IT....REALLY.....THERE ARE WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE.........GO VISIT A DYING PERSON........GO SEE A VETERAN IN THE HOSPITAL......GEEEEEEEEEEZ...REALLY...OOOOOOOOMG THE PACKERS GOT SCREWED AND LOST A FRICKING FOOTBALL GAME..............GET A LIFE FOLKS.................

i actually felt reason #2 was somewhat legitimate. I was only able to watch the 2nd half of the game, but the first blown call that I saw was the defensive pass interference called on the Seahawks' safety when he timed his move perrrrfectly to break up a slant on 3rd down. Packers should have been punting, instead they continued the drive to eventually take the lead.

The entire game is thrown out of wack when you have one bad call leading up to another, and so to say unequivocally that the Packers were robbed of a win isn't valid.

9/25/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19776 respect

ITS A GAME FOLKS.........A FRICKING GAME.....GET OVER IT....REALLY.....THERE ARE WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE.........GO VISIT A DYING PERSON........GO SEE A VETERAN IN THE HOSPITAL......GEEEEEEEEEEZ...REALLY...OOOOOOOOMG THE PACKERS GOT SCREWED AND LOST A FRICKING FOOTBALL GAME..............GET A LIFE FOLKS.................