The most glaring consequence of the three week circus we just witnessed would be Seattle being 2-1 and Green Bay being 1-2. I mean come on a blown call doesn’t get much more obvious. Alright, Jim Joyce’s call that robbed Armando Galarraga of a perfect game was pretty, okay, glaringly obvious, but the officials in the Monday night game had multiple chances to make the right call. First of all the two of them were standing over the pile on the ground and several camera shots clearly showed that M.D. Jennings had secured the ball against his chest and should have been credited with the game ending interception. You can also see that Golden Tate only had one arm around the Jennings, not the ball, so what possessed the one referee to signal touchdown is beyond me. Also, why neither of those two refs were in that corner of the end zone when the ball came down is equally perplexing. Also, that was ridiculously blatant offensive pass interference. Finally, how they couldn’t get the call right even after seeing the replay (I could have made the right call from my grainy, possibly legal, internet stream) still makes my brain hurt more than Organic Chemistry. Okay, maybe not that much, but close. While this is the most obvious example of the damage done by the lockout, I think there is more that will show as the season goes on.
These three weeks have made us severely question the replacement officials and their ruling. I am wondering with the NFL analysts about how this might carry over to the regular officials. I definitely think we will be more skeptical now. How much more skeptical I don’t know, but then again I already have a severe distrust of officials anyways. However, I do think fans, players, and coaches, will be watching the calls very carefully as a result of several weeks of mistrust. One way or the other it will definitely be better having the real refs back.
My final question for all of you is do you think the NFL should have overturned the result of the Seattle-Green Bay game? Vote in the poll below.
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