It was the longest five minutes in NFL history. The Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks was over. The clock had run out. And we were waiting…to see who won.
Rookie Quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary with seconds left on the clock and both Seahawks Wide Receiver Golden Tate and Packers defender M.D. Jennings appeared to come down with the ball. One official ruled it a touchdown. The other, an interception. After reviewing the play, the replacement officials went with the touchdown. Touchdown it was. Only…it wasn’t.
Upon further review, it looks like Tate not only didn’t have control of the ball, but may have taken both hands off of it at one point. It’s history now. The Green Bay Packers were victims of the worst call in NFL history and Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson became the first quarterback to ever throw a game winning interception.
Fans were left stunned, outraged, and disappointed. The NFL replacement officials may make for bad football, but they make for damn good Twitter:
Twitter's never been this fun. I hope the real refs never come back. This is a blast.
— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) September 25, 2012
— The Sports Junkie (@TheSportsJunky1) September 25, 2012
The players chimed in as well.
13th man beat us tonight.
— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) September 25, 2012
Got fucked by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
Yes, Lang will probably get fined for his tweet. But maybe the officials will pay it for him with the raises they are now sure to get.
Golden Tate says he knows he had the ball. Packers Receiver Greg Jennings says he doesn’t think Tate’s claim would pass a lie detector test. Well, that would be one way around paying the refs. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to that.
It is time to end the lockout with the NFL officials. For the record, I am not in favor of paying part time employees of the NFL a pension when pensions don’t exist for full time employees. Pensions don’t really exist at all in real life. Not anymore. But there is a compromise. And they need to find it.
I leave you with this: