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Game-deciding blown call was what it took to spur an agreement

Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson, Charly Martin, M.D. Jennings, Golden Tate AP

From the first day of the NFL’s lockout of its officials, the conventional wisdom was that it would take a game-deciding blown call to spur the owners to get a deal done.

And the conventional wisdom was right.

However fans in Green Bay and Seattle remember the Seahawks’ game-winning touchdown on Monday night, a touchdown that came only after Seattle’s Goldent Tate got away with an offensive pass interference penalty and only after Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings caught the ball first, everyone else will remember that so-called touchdown as the reason the NFL and the referees finally got a deal done.

If the report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that a deal is imminent for the regular refs to be back on the field Sunday is correct, then there’s no way to view this agreement as anything other than a direct result of the NFL spending all day Tuesday wiping egg off its face. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may have seemed aloof during the referees lockout, but he’s not above listening to the paying customers, who were outraged by what they saw on Monday night.

Perhaps more importantly, the owners — who are ultimately Goodell’s bosses — aren’t above listening to the paying customers. And the owners listen to their employees, too, and there’s no question that NFL coaches and players were telling the owners that a deal simply has to get done.

So something good may have come from that bad call. Not that it’s much consolation to the Packers.

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123 Responses to “Game-deciding blown call was what it took to spur an agreement”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 26, 2012 12:30 PM

    Thank you so much for bringing normality back to the NFL, congrats to all fans.

  2. jgava19 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:31 PM

    All this done is lessen the amount if mistakes made and curb the delays in game. Thank Gid!

  3. jgava19 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    God

  4. jtfawver says: Sep 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    And yet some how, some way there are Seahawks fans defending the call.

    I’m a neutral fan, but that last play was horrendous.

    As for bad calls against the Hawks on Packers TD drive and “balancing out”… what about 1st and 25 when Sidney Rice mugged Shields to prevent and INT and somehow the call goes against Shields?

    NFL was made to look like fools and it serves them right.

  5. cbs1971 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    Thank you!!!!!

  6. newenglandsports11 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    NFL fans now: Thank god the old refs are coming back
    NFL fans in a week: God the refs suck. The NFL is rigged.

  7. zoxitic says: Sep 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    All this fn BS for the last 2 years. Will be great to finally be able to focus on football for once.

  8. washstnative says: Sep 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    “So something good may have come from that bad call. Not that it’s much consolation to the Packers.”

    Please, stop. The Packers are not the only team that has been screwed by the officiating. The fans seem to be the ones who have been continually screwed over by the players/owners/officials.
    What about us???

  9. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled mediocre officiating.

  10. weepingjebus says: Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    Will it include a provision for everyone to replay the first three weeks so we have legitimate standings for the rest of the season? ’cause damn.

  11. stoogy says: Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    guess the raiders will be back on top of the flags list

  12. plarkin88 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    Now we can get back to bitching about the calls the official officials make. Like it should be!!

  13. Steeley McBeam says: Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM

    Now lets all get back to bashing the regular refs!

  14. dccowboy says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    You misspelled ‘Non-Touchdown”.

  15. tialen says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    It is sure a good thing that the GB offensive line didn’t get away with any penalties in the 2nd half of the game.. neither did their DB’s.. yup, the officiating in that game was 100% up until that last “blown call”. Nice reporting guys!

  16. beef39 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    The “real” refs are just as bad. Fire them all.

  17. zoxitic says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    Thank you Green Bay for being the sacrificial lamb.

  18. donnymacjack says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    It makes ZERO diffierence when the ball was touched or who touched it first. Read the rule. It matters when the foot. elbo or other body part touches the ground. Only at that time does it become a catch (either way). So stating who touched the ball first is biased at best and untrue at worse. Don’t fuel the fire, let us all move on to better things.

  19. godofwine330 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    Can you imagine if Ozzie Guillen was an NFL coach with the replacement refs in there? Or if he was Green Bay’s coach during this?

  20. mrplow3 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    Except that the game deciding blown call was upheld by the regular officials.

    But whatever, I guess we can’t let facts get in the way of everyones tirades.

  21. psr179 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    So what are we supposed to complain about now?

  22. panamon says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    The NFL AND the regular refs both realized this week had to be the one they came to an agreement. The first major breakthrough was the NFLRA compromising with the NFL’s main want by having a type of bench of officials who will be prepped to step in allowing accountability.

    It’s funny because the Hoculi call was worse but this got tons and tons of press because of the situation (including it being the Packers losing and it being national of course which is funny because neither of those should matter). If the union refs held out for longer than this week while describing the game quality as tainted they would have no argument to hold out for so much, especially holding firm for so damn long on not allowing ANY sort of bench of officials.

  23. whatnojets says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    You mean that I just lost my Sunday part time job?!?!?

  24. vanmorrissey says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    I’m sure all these losing teams will still be bitching and moaning about calls, but not to the point it costs a game or allowing all the downfield muggings back and forth. And at least they can ADMINISTRATE the games 1000% better. Don’t blame the replacements, they really were not suitable, blame the owners who tried to get by without preparing these guys in the arena of the fastest, biggest, most intense athletes in the world. Too bad you can’t give GB the game and take it away from Seattle but I have a feeling that Green Bay will come out spitting fire. New Orleans goes down to 0-4, book it.

  25. dequan81 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:37 PM

    I love this is over, mainly because I don’t have to see another 12 articles about refs on this site. No, I am assuming that when the kings of the NFL return, we can no longer complain about refs…?

  26. londonfletcher59 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    In three weeks we’ll all be back to complaining about the refs. The regular refs, that is.

  27. tialen says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    I do have to say, Jennings has some Serious Hops..

  28. chitownmike says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Thank you replacement refs for blowing that call to get the NFL back to normal! Thank you! Couldn’t have done it without you!

  29. bennyb82 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    The owners just finally realized that this same thing could happen to them next game. Before Monday night, they were probably all willing to forget the bad officiating throughout the games, but if it is on the last play then that got their attention. Maybe South Park can make an episode with replacement police officers and see how well society runs.

  30. kabasaman says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Rodger’s spin on this… It won’t be about the blown call against the Packers, It will just the right time. B.S.

  31. btg1911 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Awesome! Now no calls will ever be missed again ever, ever!

    I’m so glad we can put this horrible episode behind us, since no team has ever been jobbed by the officials before. This was a scary situation.

  32. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Miles Austin put his hands on the ball in the exact same way after an apparent interception by Antonio Cromartie in a game last September, and the regular refs also ruled simultaneous possession, touchdown for Miles. The play is on Youtube.

    To say that the regular refs would rule differently is clearly untrue based on recent events.

  33. tedmurph says: Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Even though it’s only 3 games, this probably cost some teams a bye wk or even a playoff spot. Over what’s gonna amount to peanuts.

  34. raidernation210 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:39 PM

    I hope if the regulars officals come back they are scrutinized just as much as the back ups officals have been. Last time I checked Ed Houchli blew a game against the Chargers. And no matter how bad the call was on Monday Night it still doesn’t compare to the “tuck rule” game and that was a play off game to boot.

  35. war27 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:39 PM

    Tates left arm was in there the whole time.

    Now there will be no excuses and the NFL is going to be officiated correctly if they get this deal done????

    Yeah right, it will be as ugly as it always was…

  36. jamaltimore says: Sep 26, 2012 12:39 PM

    Good now we all go back to complaining about the terrible calls the regular officials make!

  37. chrismatthewsucks says: Sep 26, 2012 12:39 PM

    bad calls went both ways, seahawks had more points on at the end.

  38. blackfootkiller says: Sep 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    jtfawver…Go look at the still photos of that so called ‘mugging’ of Shields by Rice…
    Last time I checked, it was illegal for the DB to have a handful of the receivers jersey through the entire play…

  39. blackandbluedivision says: Sep 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Good!! Now we can go back to criticizing refs who are actually qualified to screw up.

  40. noquickreactionshere says: Sep 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Good to know there won’t be any more blown calls, no more mistakes by officials, and fans will be 100% happy with everything the refs do from now on.

    Glad to know those replacement refs that were on the field for the immaculate reception, the Tom Brady tuck rule, and the Ben Roethlisberger fumble on the goal line in Miami will no longer be NFL officials…….

  41. phillyrocks says: Sep 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Really, didn’t everybody know that the Replay official on that play was actually a real Ref?

  42. zaggs says: Sep 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    What BTG said.
    So does the next blown call that costs a team a game result in the “real” refs being fired? I just have a hard time believing that all these bad calls would not have been made with the “real” refs.

  43. gammynomnom says: Sep 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    cause thank god those old refs never blow calls.

    Things Calvin Johnson has never said.

  44. dennychimes says: Sep 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    uhhhh….. There is a game tomorrow night also. Will they be there for that?

  45. JSpicoli says: Sep 26, 2012 12:41 PM

    The regs aren’t much better.

  46. jchizzle20 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    Nobody said anything about the blown call that cost the Ravens the game in week 2. But I’m glad they got this thing done.

    Now we can concentrate on bi*#ing at the regular refs.

  47. kattykathy says: Sep 26, 2012 12:42 PM

    Locked out Refs held strong and made the greedy owners and the Dictator cry uncle.
    Goodell is humiliated and the Refs held all the leverage.

  48. scrp2 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    Great. Now the fans of the replacement refs are angry.

  49. dubzito says: Sep 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    you’re damn right its no consolation. the damage has already been done.

    your’re welcome.

  50. md228010 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:43 PM

    Thank you to the 2 refs who completely botched MNF! That clip of the official signaling TD and the other waving his arms in a frenzy will forever be embedded in our heads forever and even more so for the die hard Packers fan out there.

  51. mrplow3 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:44 PM

    “Awesome! Now no calls will ever be missed again ever, ever!

    I’m so glad we can put this horrible episode behind us, since no team has ever been jobbed by the officials before. This was a scary situation.”

    I like you

  52. faultylogic29 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:45 PM

    I really hope this report is true. Even as a Packers fan, at least I know if we get screwed over again, it will be by more capable officials.

  53. mavajo says: Sep 26, 2012 12:45 PM

    mrplow3 says:

    Except that the game deciding blown call was upheld by the regular officials.

    —————

    Except it wasn’t. Even for replays, the referee on the field makes the call.

    Tool.

  54. scrp2 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:46 PM

    Chris Mortensen? What does Jay Glazer say about this?

  55. nvpacker says: Sep 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    In defense of the NFL and Goodell, they first had to pull their heads out of their asses to wipe the egg off of their faces. So progress indeed!!

  56. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    Great News. Now we can go back to b!t@hing about the regular refs blown calls.

  57. mavajo says: Sep 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    gammynomnom says:

    cause thank god those old refs never blow calls.

    Things Calvin Johnson has never said.

    ———-

    God I hate dumb fans.

    The refs didn’t blow that call. They properly enforced the rule as it’s written.

    Your beef is with the idiotic Competition Committee which created the rule – i.e., the owners/presidents/GMs.

  58. snargi01 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:48 PM

    Great, it’s over. Now we can look forward to a few weeks of the regular refs blowing calls while they get back into game shape since they didn’t have a preseason to hone their skills.

  59. alskdh says: Sep 26, 2012 12:49 PM

    I have to believe ravens/pats had a lot to do with it as well.

  60. remjam1331 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:49 PM

    Wait….
    Seahawks 7
    Packers 6
    Officials 13

  61. nflsucker says: Sep 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    Jets offense just lost any chance of scoring touchdowns.

  62. shaunypoo says: Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    I wish you guys would quit acting like you speak for fans. I was not outraged. I have seen plenty of bad calls over the years and other than these last 3 weeks all of them were made by the regular officials. If you guts didn’t harp on it all the time it probably wouldn’t be this big of a deal.

    But please realize that since you are now part of the mainstream media you can no longer purport to represent the average fan.

  63. contra74 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    So now with the refs back the packer O line well get solid and that offense will go back to being explosive? LOL – Packers 1-2

  64. CKL says: Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    So Golden Domer Golden Tate might have been the reason for this impending agreement? TOUCHDOWN, JESUS!

  65. flanker8823 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    Can you imagine if it was Ditka out there coaching. Bring out the cart!!

  66. mavajo says: Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    btg1911 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 12:38 PM
    Awesome! Now no calls will ever be missed again ever, ever!

    I’m so glad we can put this horrible episode behind us, since no team has ever been jobbed by the officials before. This was a scary situation.

    ————–

    Dumb reasoning. Football players still gets concussions despite wearing a helmet, so I guess they should all stop wearing helmets!

    The point is, you try to mitigate mistakes. Yes, the regular guys make mistakes — because they’re human. Humanity and Accidents are inseperable.

    But the replacement guys make way more. Getting the regular guys back in there is best for everyone, and it was a joke that the NFL ever let the season start with these replacements. Every game in the NFL season is WAY too important for a team to get jobbed by sub-standard officiating.

    Would some have possibly gotten jobbed with the regular guys in there? Sure. But the NFL has a responsibility to do everything they can to mitigate that from happening. They didn’t. The put the almighty dollar first. Now because of that, some fans out there might not get to see their team in the playoffs if they miss it by one game which was screwed up by the replacements.

  67. rgledz says: Sep 26, 2012 12:54 PM

    of course a deal is getting done! The leagues beloved Packers were wronged. they had to fix it.

  68. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    mavajo says:
    Sep 26, 2012 12:45 PM
    mrplow3 says:

    Except that the game deciding blown call was upheld by the regular officials.

    —————

    Except it wasn’t. Even for replays, the referee on the field makes the call.

    Tool.

    —————-

    Except in the case of the replacement refs, the non-replacement official in the booth can inform the replacement official to make the correct call.

  69. oreo51 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    it wasn’t a blown call. The official got it right. Even Green Bay’s DB #24 Jarrett Bush can be seen signalling TD. Tate had his hand between Jennings and the ball the whole time.

  70. scrp2 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    Vegas demanded integrity be restored to the game.

  71. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 26, 2012 12:57 PM

    NFL fans after Week 1: the replacement refs are fine. The “real” refs can rot for all care.

    NFL fans after Week 3: the replacement refs are garbage – something must be done to get the “real” refs back immediately!

  72. Canned Heat says: Sep 26, 2012 12:58 PM

    tialen says:
    Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM
    It is sure a good thing that the GB offensive line didn’t get away with any penalties in the 2nd half of the game.. neither did their DB’s.. yup, the officiating in that game was 100% up until that last “blown call”. Nice reporting guys!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Dude, you apparently had a bad glass of Starbucks out there or too much brewski on Monday night. The joke of a roughing the passer call, the most unbelievable call on a defensive PI on the Pack when Rice did everything but take the DB’s wallet on that same drive and then the Inaccurate Reception….you cannot honestly think that game wasn’t a sham, and it screamed of “rigged game” for the last 3 minutes of regulation.

    Funny how you seem to avoid bringing up the jobbing and hands to the face that wasn’t called against your own O-line either. Matthews alone was held and face masked on 5 straight plays at one point….spare me. Nice omission.

    This may turn out okay. Green Bay will play pissed at the world going away and maybe get a sense of urgency going now and all the while the Hawks fans can rave about how they’re Super Bowl bound and will get completely blindsided when a dose of reality kicks in. Best of luck out there, because you will get your backsides handed to you by San Fran.

  73. mrplow3 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    “Except it wasn’t. Even for replays, the referee on the field makes the call.

    Tool.”

    All scoring plays are reviewed……

    Also, I’m guessing you missed the roughly half dozen stories on PFT talking about the regular officials blowing the replay call and even naming who exactly the official was and how he did it in the past?

    That insult you used seems oddly turned around now doesn’t it?

  74. whoisthatteam says: Sep 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    The funny part in this is when the Pack loses to the Saints on sunday, they will actually be worse off (record wise, losing to 3 NFC teams) than the saints.

  75. patsfan1213 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    Did someone mention yet that the regular officials miss calls too?

    C’mon. Sure the regular officials miss a few, but the last few weeks haven’t even been close in the number of bad calls. Phantom holding calls, real holding non-calls, letting games get out of hand, giving additional time-outs/challenges, giving the wrong yards in penalties. It’s been a complete joke.

  76. brennankm46 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    As a Bears fan, this sucks. If the NFCN and/or wildcard comes down to the wire–say, the difference is 1 win–I won’t be able to dispute that the Packers got screwed out of it.

    This alleged deal came at GB’s expense.

  77. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:01 PM

    Boooooooooooo!!!!!!!

    Keep those old blind dumb refs out the game.

  78. sodaknick says: Sep 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    The Packers lose AND the regular refs come back!? Sounds like a great one-two punch to me!

  79. tialen says: Sep 26, 2012 1:03 PM

    The Steelers, Patriots, and Packers applaud you.. “Their” refs are finally going to come back.

  80. fmwarner says: Sep 26, 2012 1:05 PM

    beef39 says: Sep 26, 2012 12:36 PM

    The “real” refs are just as bad. Fire them all.
    ——————————————————–

    And hire who, exactly?

    You fire the best guys, and then the next-best guys, and I guess the perfect guys are just sitting around waiting for the phone to ring?

  81. Kaz says: Sep 26, 2012 1:07 PM

    The real refs better be PERFECT! Or else we’ll all be wondering what all the fuss about the replacements were about. Calvin Johnson is still wondering why the national media and fans weren’t outraged by his td that was overturned (but obvious to viewers as a TD) and cost the Lions the game.

  82. oaktown49er says: Sep 26, 2012 1:07 PM

    YES! Now instead of bad replacement refs we will have bad regular refs. Whatever, I’ll take it.

  83. turfrage says: Sep 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    Goodell has no reason to be humiliated. He works FOR the league and owners. He is not an independent decision maker in this. He does as he is told and as his job description dictates. ANY person holding the title would have to do the same. People need to get off the Goodell crap. Grow up. He took the worst job in the league by choice, and has to act under the rules established by owners not himself.

  84. oaktown49er says: Sep 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    31 teams give a sigh of relief.
    Sorry Raiders, your chance at a level playing field is gone.

  85. mavajo says: Sep 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    “mrplow3 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 12:59 PM
    “Except it wasn’t. Even for replays, the referee on the field makes the call.

    Tool.”

    All scoring plays are reviewed……

    Also, I’m guessing you missed the roughly half dozen stories on PFT talking about the regular officials blowing the replay call and even naming who exactly the official was and how he did it in the past?

    That insult you used seems oddly turned around now doesn’t it?”

    ———————-

    Not even remotely. Yes, there was an official in the booth. But the guy on the FIELD still makes the call.

    The freaking NFL even explained this. They explicity said that the supervisor in the booth is NOT telling the guy on the field what to call.

    I say again — tool.

  86. vilo2012 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:11 PM

    It was not a blown call. It is the pure definition of simultaneous catch.

  87. sabatimus says: Sep 26, 2012 1:11 PM

    “Patskrieg dot com says:
    Sep 26, 2012 12:34 PM
    We now return you to your regularly scheduled mediocre officiating.”

    I’ll take mediocre officiating over utterly-absurdly-horribly-bleeped-up officiating every day of the week.

  88. bossplayer213 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:14 PM

    Oh yeah? You think so?

  89. voicefreason says: Sep 26, 2012 1:14 PM

    Yeah those regular union refs did a great job in the Vikings/Saints 2009 Conference Championship??? Lets not forget about the favoritism and non-calls for those big market teams. There is a reason they and their fans are such spoiled whiners. Just sayin’, keep it in perspective.

  90. oranjellojones says: Sep 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    There are a lot of Hochuli and “regular refs blowing calls” references on here and they all miss the point by a country mile. Yes regular refs make mistakes but two things we DON’T see from regular refs….games getting out of hands with 80K worth of fines handed out for fouls after the whistle that never saw flags in games..this hasn’t been isolated, all of the games have been completely out of control with dirty dead ball fouls

    and

    we don’t get games ending in ways that contradict set rules that reflect the fact that these refs don’t even know the rules let alone how to enforce them half the time.

  91. leroysbutler says: Sep 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    Packers fans all over the world say – You’re welcome.

  92. tsi431 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    Jarrett Bush had his hands in the air because his team won with the game ending interception, or so looked.

    The INACCCURATE RECEPTION

  93. kate773 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:17 PM

    As has already been said before, by Monday there will still be many people bitching about the regular refs. Lets face it – NO ONE who goes out there will ever be good enough. There will always be blown calls and there will always be people complaining.

    Does that mean I’m not glad the regular guys are getting back there? No, I’m happy because these guys won’t be half as bad as the replacements. I just hope that everyone realizes nothing will change except the pace of the game and MOST of the obviously horrible calls.

  94. leroysbutler says: Sep 26, 2012 1:17 PM

    At least Lance Easley can retire comfortably with his Vegas winnings.

  95. herwordskillyou says: Sep 26, 2012 1:17 PM

    Let’s be honest, who doesn’t enjoy seeing the Packers at 1-2? I know I’ll be rooting for the Saints on Sunday…

  96. tooba2026 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:20 PM

    I’m surprised the NFL didn’t try and make a reality show outta this like, “So you think you can Ref”, “Celebrity Ref”, ” The Amazing Ref’s”, “Celebrity drug rehab Refs”, ” 16 and pregnant Refs”.

  97. urcrap says: Sep 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    “So something good may have come from that bad call. Not that it’s much consolation to the Packers.”

    Ahhh. The po ol Packers got some attention. Vikes could have gotten some consolation in 2010 when the NON replacement refs blew 2 calls that got the Packers a win. Even the refs admitted they screwed up! Now, 2 seasons later when blown calls happen with replacements it matters? What a joke! Suck it up Packer whiners!

  98. osubucks1 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:25 PM

    I am a Browns fan. The refs have had nothing to do with my pain and suffering.

  99. 9nersducksgiants says: Sep 26, 2012 1:26 PM

    I just hope people don’t let the regular Ref’s off that easy. They better be on top of their game for how much they are going to be getting paid for a part time job. But, at least they weren’t fired from lingerie football and the Pac-10 and probably pee-wee football leagues for incompetence.

  100. bradshawlives says: Sep 26, 2012 1:26 PM

    Someone tell when we can stop feeling forry for the poor Packers. What’s the acceptable timeframe….1 week….2 weeks?

  101. schlitzy says: Sep 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    I hate to be that guy but I think we need to thank NFL sports writers and analysts for keeping this a hot story and fueling the fire that these replacements were inadequate. like them or not the NFL couldn’t ignore the comments made after the game by John Gruden, Trent Dilfer, and Steve Young. Man, Dilfer was outraged!! I think having the guys who call the games and do the halftime shows being so vocally opposed to what is happening on the field played a part. Not to mention every sports writer doing the same. this is one instance where I think the “media frenzy” that was created was beneficial to ending this lockout. thanks PFT for your part in getting the real zebras back.

  102. way2godogs says: Sep 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    This is NOT the deal fans really want… You do NOT want the NFL to cave! The NFL wants FULL TIME refs, and will pay more than MLB pays its full time umps (who work 160+ games per year) to the refs (who work 16). The refs unions wants pensions–for a part time job. The NFL wants FULL time refs, who they WILL give a pension, and wants the ability to bench poor performers. The union opposes this–do YOU? The NFL wants an upgrade on its refs, and I would think all of us could agree on that. Folks, this is the Chicago teachers strike with different players. I don’t know why the NFL hasn’t explained this better. They must have the worst PR department in the country.

  103. jr4real says: Sep 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    Mort is usually wrong in his predictions.

  104. ickky says: Sep 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    “Best of luck out there, because you will get your backsides handed to you by San Fran.”

    unless of course you are the Vikings.

    I wonder if there would have been this much outrage, if it was the Seahawks, who got screwed at the end.
    Would the Packer fans be protesting at Lambert?
    Would tj lang still have been so outraged on the twitter?
    would the NFL and the refs be close to a deal, if it was the Seahawks who got screwed.

    It took the NFL darlings getting the short end to get this deal done.

  105. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    And, you’re welcome.

  106. jr4real says: Sep 26, 2012 1:31 PM

    lets just know the regular refs are no good either. I think it was in 1995 the nfl wrote 3 letters to the steelers saying the refs decision directly cost you 3 games that season.

  107. melikefootball says: Sep 26, 2012 1:33 PM

    What in the world will ESPN do? They won’t have anything to talk about…no I’m sorry there is always TEBOW.

  108. capitala23 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:33 PM

    I know everyone says the regular refs blow calls too, but there is a difference in the command of the game that is the important part. The players respect them more, the coaches do and the game will be better because of that. Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. The games won’t last and hour longer either from confusion. The reg refs will still mess up we all know this, but it won’t be as bad and the overall games will be better with them there.

    I think the substitute teacher was the best analogy. The players were acting like the sub was there, no matter how capable. Now the real teacher is back, so the students will behave better. Doesn’t mean there won’t be issues but the whole attitude will be different.

    I feel for Green Bay and Seattle. Green Bay got screwed and Seattle has a play that overshadows all of the fine effort they had before that play. At least its all done now.

  109. Slackmo says: Sep 26, 2012 1:37 PM

    The Miles Austin – Antonio Cromartie play last year was nothing like the MNF play. The two players were facing each other, Austin immediately grabbed control of the ball after Cromartie caught it, and they struggled chest-to-chest as they went down onto the ground, with Austin having as good or better handle on the ball than Cromartie.

    Not even remotely comparable.

  110. Max says: Sep 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    Consumer Power…. one instance of Media and Consumer backlash that did something right!

  111. stonedolphin89 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    The regular refs miss their own fair share of calls. But that’s hardly the point you should be walking away with. Anyone that had the misfortune of watching last week’s Dolphins v Jets game understands that this deal means there won’t be any more 5 minute delays just to properly spot the ball or review a tape or assess a penalty. Anyone that watched week 2’s games will know that we won’t see any more 20 player pileups that see several players ejected and fined. Patriots fans will know that Billy won’t get fined for trying to get a ref’s attention. And Brady will get every flag in the world that he cries for.

    Yes, the regular boys make mistakes, but the integrity of your average football game will skyrocket. Favoritism or no.

  112. scrp2 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    Packers red zone execution issues solved!

  113. footballchic777 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:46 PM

    I will believe it when the ink is dry!

  114. chipwade says: Sep 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    How are the fans going to react when one of the regular officials make a really bad call that decides the outcome of a game?

    Bad calls happen all of the time in the NFL. Some even more critical than this early season call with more important games are on the line.

    I agree that the flow and pace of the games will improve drastically. But bad calls will always be a part of the game. Like it or not.

  115. shaggytoodle says: Sep 26, 2012 2:00 PM

    I hope they do figure this out, I understand that the regular refs do make calls, like near the end of the game, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the regular refs throw a flag on the “roughing the passer” because that has been one of the flags thats been going wild.

    They deffinetly don’t call Shields for PI,

    Even if they don’t call the PI on the hail mary. i believe the regular officials atleast communicate, and come to the right call on the hail mary.

  116. zappa69 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:01 PM

    Goodell works for the owners. The owner of the Packers is?

  117. Canned Heat says: Sep 26, 2012 2:15 PM

    ickky says:
    Sep 26, 2012 1:30 PM
    “Best of luck out there, because you will get your backsides handed to you by San Fran.”

    unless of course you are the Vikings.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You can’t be serious. The Vikings caught a San Fran team that overlooked the Vikes from the opening whistle.

    Your boys in dark pink will be back to humility when a pissed off Detroit team knocks them around like a bunch of rag dolls at Noon on Sunday. Fret not.

    One freak win and the Twink fans think they’re a front runner for the Lombardi again. Undoubtedly, “ickky” is likely the same guy that will be calling for Frazier’s head come Monday morning after this week’s pounding. You guys crack me up.

  118. jason9696 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:17 PM

    I kind of enjoyed the mayhem of the replacement refs. You really didn’t know what was going to happen next.

  119. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:41 PM

    Golden *Tate is not going to be happy about this.

  120. wrm1230 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:04 PM

    So 31 teams and their fans can rejoice that the regular oafs will soon return, while one team and their fans can only sit there and stew over the worst call in the last ten years? Sounds fair.

  121. p1nch3dloaf says: Sep 26, 2012 5:05 PM

    “Don’t know what all the fuss was about, the replacement officials were doing just fine.”

    —Paul Allen—

  122. hpfreddy says: Sep 26, 2012 6:42 PM

    Yeah, the blown call, that’s what got them to settle. Jesus, you media guys are so full of yourslves. You just throw crap against the wall and see if it sticks. If it doesn’t, oh well, you write a new story tomorrow and see if that one sticks. Who cares, no one’s keeping score.

    Lucky for you.

    What kills me is if you do it long enough, twenty years from now they’ll be giving you awards and having dinners in your honor.

    Nice scam.

    Before the season, “conventional” wisdom, or insider wisdom all said the lock out would last 4-6 weeks. And that was because that was how long the owners wanted it to last. They have the actuarials figuring what is in their best interest.

    Hey, guess how many weeks its been.

    But, you are right, it must have been the blown call.

  123. trimaster1 says: Oct 3, 2012 4:51 PM

    The moral of the story is this:

    Not everyone can PLAY football at the NFL level;

    Not everyone can REFEREE football at the NFL level.

    The end.

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