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Old 09-26-2012, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by kevint13 View Post
It was the wrong call and wrong interpretation of the rule. The refs stated that they both had control of the ball at the same time, where then it is given to the offense (kinda like the tie goes to the runner in baseball). Seattle really didn't have control of the ball. Unfortunately with replay there was no way to disprove this as it is a judgement call.

I think everyone has been waiting for the replacement refs to really screw up and cost a team the game. This happened for Green Bay and it can be debated for New England on Sunday night (field goal for Baltimore went over the post). In my opinion these refs need to get more consistent and get more control over the game. There are a lot of heated instances on the field and some cheap shots happening that I think would be reduced with the real refs. I am waiting for someone to get seriously hurt because of the lack of control by these refs (What happened to Oakland's Darius Heyward-Bey is a good example).
Yeah, that was pretty scary; I wonder if he'll end up with any long-lasting effects to his brain down the road.

At least the replacement refs have the excuse of being out of their league, what excuse do the replay officials have after viewing that replay? At least some can admit they didn't win:

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch stunned at replay of controversial final play Monday night

18 hours ago

SEATTLE Several hours after the completion of one of the more memorable games in Monday Night Football history, Marshawn Lynch was sitting in a private room in the back of the Metropolitan Grill, celebrating a thrilling, last-second victory with friends and family members over big steaks and fat lobsters.

Then, with the flick of a remote control, Big Brother appeared and left a rancid taste in the Seattle Seahawks halfback's mouth.

A waitress pointed the remote at the large mirror on the wall behind Lynch, and it suddenly morphed into an enormous, high-definition television screen. Within seconds, Lynch craned his neck and joined his dining companions in viewing a replay of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson's 24-yard touchdown pass to wideout Golden Tate, giving the Seahawks a 14-12 triumph as time expired and sending 68,218 fans at CenturyLink Field into hysterics.

As Lynch watched Packers safety M.D. Jennings snatch the pass out of the sky and pull it to his chest while Tate, who had blatantly pushed off against Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields, belatedly latched on one arm at a time, the running back's eyes grew big and his jaw dropped low. The room was dead silent as the realization gripped Lynch and his companions: Like most of the viewing public, they now understood that the Seahawks had received an extraordinary gift from the replacement officials.

"We didn't win that game," someone at the table said, and nobody made a peep to challenge him.

By the time Lynch left the restaurant early Tuesday morning and, while waiting for his ride to arrive, reassured a group of Packers fans on Second Avenue almost apologetically that their team would bounce back from this bitter defeat, it was clear the league's already problematic officiating lockout had reached critical mass.

Dramatic as it may sound, it's quite possible that history will look back on Tate's illusory jump-ball touchdown as the moment the NFL jumped the shark.

The outcry over the replacement officials' game-deciding call (and the failure of the non-replacement replay officials to overturn it) crystallized the brewing anger toward NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners he represents, whose collective insistence upon securing a favorable contract with the regular officials has clearly compromised the game's integrity.
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