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Goodell: “We’re sorry to have to put our fans through that”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell emphasized in a conference call with the national media Thursday that the short-term pain of replacement officials was worth the long-term gain of an eight-year deal with the NFLRA, while noting: “We’re sorry to have to put our fans through that.”

While Goodell wouldn’t go so far as to admit the final crew of replacements blew a game-deciding call in Seattle Monday night, he acknowledged that the attention that game received may have nudged them closer to a deal.

“This has gotten a lot of attention. It hasn’t been positive,” Goodell said. “We had to work through it to get to an eight-year agreement.”

For the most part, Goodell stuck with the league’s established talking points, that it was about more than economics, that establishing a bench of officials was important for accountability, and that getting to that point required the use of replacement officials.

“We weren’t going to shut down football,” he said. “It is painful in the process.”

No more so than in Green Bay, where the Packers lost a game on a blown call, one which could end up making a significant difference in their season. Asked about their concerns specifically, Goodell said he’s been in touch with some of their players, but made several references to mistakes being “just part of sports.”

Goodell also took on a primary talking point of players, saying: “I do not believe this put any greater risk to player health and safety, there is no data to back that up.”

He also saluted the replacement refs for dealing with a difficult situation, saying they were under “unprecedented scrutiny, … they kept the game going.”

And if that’s not the equivalent of giving a D student the perfect attendance award, I don’t know what is.

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  1. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    We are sorry you’re the commissioner.

  2. honkeyt says: Sep 27, 2012 12:49 PM

    How about apologizing to the Packers and to the fans for saying that Tate’s “catch” was the right call.

  3. pitt9 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:49 PM

    “And if that’s not the equivalent of giving a D student the perfect attendance award, I don’t know what is.”

    So what? At least they tried….like he said, they were under intense scrutiny. Blame the league.

  4. nfldtw says: Sep 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    Apology accepted and let us never speak of this dark time in football again…

  5. clickablecontent says: Sep 27, 2012 12:53 PM

    I wish Goodell had come out and said this sooner. As a negotiator, I understand keeping a tight lip during talks but fans needed to hear that it was about more than economics. I’ve been trying to convince friends that, for the NFL front office, this is about the long-term quality of officiating. I grew tired of bloggers not giving enough credit to that. Ah well – let’s watch some football.

  6. sumthingobvious says: Sep 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    There was a chant I heard Sunday night that seems to be so fitting right now….

  7. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Sep 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    oh, yah then that makes it all better! how about reversing that seahawks win, and all will be made right.

  8. cali49er707 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    They are not sorry at all!!! If it weren’t for that debacle monday night, you can bet the replacements would still be in place officiating the games.

    Scoreboard

    Original Reffs- 1

    League/ Owners – 0

  9. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:56 PM

    There’s no data that shows talking on ur cell phone and driving causes any more accidents than eating a hamburger or drinking hot coffee does while driving, but somehow a law was passed that makes one illegal vs the other……

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:56 PM

    I predict that the regular refs will horrendously blow multiple calls in their first weekend back

  11. westclaims says: Sep 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    Am I the only one who finds a bit ironic that regardless of how it all went down, we are now all so happy to have the regular officials back?

    And, it was clearly the vegas betting money issue that got this done, noting else.

  12. jagsfan1 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    You’re not sorry Roger…..and on top of that – noone likes you.

  13. jaxbeachjagfan says: Sep 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    I hope the NFL gave the replacements a nice severance package ’cause I have a feeling those guys will never get hired above DIII again. I’m sure crossing the picket lines will not be forgotten.

  14. paloduro00 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    Roger’s done a good job in the main, but his management of this issue denigrates his previous efforts. I can’t wait until Peter King or another league reporter gets the inside story detailing whether Goodell or the owners principally obstructed a settlement.

  15. mazblast says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    We’re sorry you resorted to a lockout, that you wouldn’t negotiate to avoid the lockout, that you spent so much time extolling the non-existent virtues of the replacement refs, that it took three weeks of this sh** to get you to the table, that you actually get paid for the lousy job you do, and that you exist.

  16. rpiotr01 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    Are you sure there isn’t one particular fan base you’d like to apologize to specifically, Roger….?

  17. daaabears says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    More sorry that you had to give some precious money away.
    I will never forgive this guy for taking MNF off of free TV.

  18. kingmj4891 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:01 PM

    I really hope the refs screw up big time tonight.

  19. xpensivewinos says: Sep 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Sorry folks, but anyone who thinks this is Goodell’s fault is an idiot.

    Goodell is paid handsomely to be the owner’s bitch and he enforces their will.

    Ultimate rock and a hard place position he’s in.

  20. ninerdynasty says: Sep 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Pete Carroll didnt mind it at all.. he got free timeouts, PI calls and W’s.. whats to complain. lol

  21. biggestsaintsfanever says: Sep 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    Now he can focus on dropping saints suspensions,(including coaches) and the world will be normal again

  22. glac1 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    Now… let’s compensate the Green Bay Packers, Inc. by giving them an additional two high draft choices or letting the team pick one player on their roster and not having to count his salary against the cap as long as he is with the organization.

  23. hendawg21 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    Well the difference between the real refs and the replacements is like a person who hasn’t showered in 2 weeks and a person who hasn’t showered in 2 weeks and still sprays themself with cologne or perfume to try and hide their stinch…they both stink just one tries to cover it up better…

  24. naldoron says: Sep 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    What at steaming pile of b.s. Yes, the regular offcials make mistakes but the level of incompetence of the replacement was almost unbelievable. I have the Sunday Ticket and watch a lot of the games and yes player safety was being jeapordized — defenders were taking liberties and cheap shots more often because they knew they could get away with it.

  25. kabasaman says: Sep 27, 2012 1:06 PM

    I knew that was coming…

  26. clu1perceiver says: Sep 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Keep your apology, change your behavior.

  27. jbraider says: Sep 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Personally I blame the officials more than the league. Their desire to avoid accountability for poor performance was one of the twomain issues in the dispute.

    Now I can’t wait to see how surprised everyone will be when the “real” refs come back and make some of the same bone-headed bad calls that the replacement refs did

  28. steelwheeler says: Sep 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    “And if that’s not the equivalent of giving a D student the perfect attendance award, I don’t know what is.”

    No, actually the D student got kicked out of school…

  29. commonsensedude says: Sep 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    Hey, Roger – glad to see you finally came out of hiding.

    If you really want to show you’re sorry, why don’t you go show up personally at the NEW ORLEANS at GREEN BAY game this weekend and apologize to those fans in person?

  30. snaponrules says: Sep 27, 2012 1:10 PM

    gallaghedj311 says:
    Sep 27, 2012 12:56 PM
    There’s no data that shows talking on ur cell phone and driving causes any more accidents than eating a hamburger or drinking hot coffee does while driving, but somehow a law was passed that makes one illegal vs the other……

    ————————————————————————————————————————————–
    If you look at the data of how many people are killed or maimed for life because of cell phones/driving and compare it to the number of people killed or maimed from eating a hamburger and driving you will see why one is illegal.

    There is no data to show players were hurt by blown calls anymore this year then last.

  31. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:12 PM

    You are indeed sorry.

  32. stealersfannot says: Sep 27, 2012 1:12 PM

    For all of those fans who keep making the “real refs make mistakes and bad calls too,” or “great, now they can start complaining against the real refs” argument. NO ONE has ever said real refs don’t make mistakes.

    You’re argument is akin to saying a DIV III QB makes mistakes just like Tom Brady sometimes does, therefore it makes no difference if the DIV III QB is the QB of the Patriots.

    Yes, the real refs make mistakes. But they’ve honed their skills and perception over years and years of officiating the game at its highest levels.

    Real refs screw up questionable and vaguely defined verbiage in the rule book.

    Replacement refs couldn’t spot the friggin’ ball correctly, or spot blatant PI. or spot basic false starts, or get in the middle of a scrum and pull guys off of each other, or, or, or ad nauseum…

    Let’s start using our brains a little bit here!

  33. saintsfan26 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:13 PM

    rpiotr01 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    Are you sure there isn’t one particular fan base you’d like to apologize to specifically, Roger….?

    ——

    Must be a packer fan. Give it a rest dude. Everybody got screwed with bad calls. Try going the whole season without your head coach.

  34. buckyhamm says: Sep 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    I think everyone forgets how many bad calls the regular refs make every game/year. However they do control players and the flow of the game, so it will be nice to have them back.

  35. bigbadal21 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    You keep saying the Packer game ended on a blown call. I have no dog in this fight because I am not a fan of either team and both teams are in a different conference than my team.
    The problem is not as clear as you would like it to be. The problem is what the NFL considers a catch. According to the rulebook they made the correct call. Both players were attempting to catch the ball. Even though the defensive player appeared to be doing a better job than the offensive player they were still both in the process of trying to catch the ball. The process of catching the ball was not complete until the ball was considered a catch or not. This cannot happen until the player or players are on the ground since they were going to the ground after the catch.This is where the problems arise. Blame the NFL for their convoluted procedures needed for a completed catch but don’t blame the officials for following the rulebook.

  36. tooba2026 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    I really would like Goodell to explain his reason for not changing the the way that game ended, if he’s that sorry it’s pretty obvious he knew they got it wrong.

  37. dryzzt23 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:18 PM

    You ppl who take the side of the union refs and players are fools. Do you not realize that when overhead increases, in this case refs and player costs to the NFL, that those costs will cause ticket prices to go up?
    If the refs and players weren’t so greedy then ticket prices would decrease.

  38. cali49er707 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:19 PM

    Anybody who believes Roger. I would like to offer you a lavish 5 bed and 3 bath home with beautiful ocean views in N.Dakota!!

  39. packerscanada says: Sep 27, 2012 1:19 PM

    What happens if Seattle and GB end up in Wildcard spots and the head to head tie breaker is used? The NFL must be praying that does not happen.

  40. magnuminsp says: Sep 27, 2012 1:20 PM

    Since the final agreement turned out to be reasonable for both sides, and everyone knew that the lockout was coming, all of this could have been avoided.

    If you really cared about the “integrity of the game”, this whole situation could have been avoided. The apology is half-hearted at best.

    Now, back to your regular scheduled programming…………………………………

  41. chicagobtech says: Sep 27, 2012 1:28 PM

    “I will never forgive this guy for taking MNF off of free TV.”

    ABC and the NFL announced the partnership would end in April of 2005. Roger Goodell assumed the Commissioner role in September of 2006. You want to blame somebody? Blame ABC/ESPN/Disney. ABC lost money on NFL games, but ESPN allows Disney to bring in money not only from commercials but from subscription fees from cable/satellite providers.

  42. usher716 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    Bad call or not GB would have won if that DB wouldve just batted the ball down like he’s supposed to do.

  43. mathomp3 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    ninerdynasty says:
    Sep 27, 2012 1:03 PM
    Pete Carroll didnt mind it at all.. he got free timeouts, PI calls and W’s.. whats to complain. lol

    —————————————————
    And your beloved Harbaugh got 2 extra challenges when he was out of time outs…

  44. rpiotr01 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    saintsfan26 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:13 PM

    Must be a packer fan. Give it a rest dude. Everybody got screwed with bad calls. Try going the whole season without your head coach.

    ——

    Of course I am! I’m not saying overturn the result. Once it’s final, it’s final. But he should at least acknowledge – privately if not publicly – how much the owners little power trip screwed the Packers.

    And FWIW, I feel far worse for the Saints than I did when the bounty thing first broke. I imagine players on both sidelines this weekend will have a lot to talk about and agree upon.

  45. ambitoos says: Sep 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    You didn’t have to put us through it. You chose to put us through it.

  46. godofwine330 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:34 PM

    Hey Roger,

    2Q + 2Q = 4Q

    - From NFL Fans Everywhere.

  47. racksie says: Sep 27, 2012 1:34 PM

    So, lets just say the Seahawks were equally hosed, and lost the game, would there be similar outrage? Highly unlikely. Good work cheesenecks.

  48. wst888 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:35 PM

    Don’t apologize, just improve…. see you at the draft Roger.

  49. autumnwind999 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:38 PM

    Replacement refs undoubtedly blew the Green Bay game, but this weekend is going to be a cold dose of reality for fans who forgot how many horrible missed calls and phantom calls the regular officials are guilty of.

    And the game is also going to return to being a soft, two-hand touch affair. If I could buy stock in weak, paddy-cake NFL penalties, I’d invest every dime I have because they’re about to take off.

    As a Raiders fan, I can tell you that the last three games was the only consecutive three game stretch in my decades-long history as a Raiders fan where I can say the officials were fair to Oakland. I fear that the regulars will bring back that anti-Raider bias and we’ll go from being one of the least-penalized teams in the league so far this year, back to our more familiar position as the most penalized team in the league with about half of those calls being of the bogus variety.

  50. gbpshareholder says: Sep 27, 2012 1:38 PM

    “Must be a packer fan. Give it a rest dude. Everybody got screwed with bad calls. Try going the whole season without your head coach.”

    Yes, every team endured bad calls… but, how many wins did it cost teams?

    only one team got jobbed out of a win man!!

  51. westclaims says: Sep 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    As a Cards fan, I am glad the regular refs weren’t at the Cards – Patriots game. Do you honestly believe, that the regular refs would have ALLOWED the Patriots to lose to the Cards at home? I don’t. Nice to have a fair shot at it for once.

  52. shemberry says: Sep 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    Pete Carroll didnt mind it at all.. he got free timeouts, PI calls and W’s.. whats to complain. lol

    -And had several calls go against his team. I just wish the refs had not made the terrible PI call against Kam Chancellor; then all of this would have been avoided. Seahawks win 7-6 and all you “experts” could find something else to gripe about.

  53. adventistgroup says: Sep 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    what, the SEA/GB game going to be mentioned every time the ref issue comes up?? enough already, errors are made all the time.

  54. tommysaint1 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:47 PM

    “This has gotten a lot of attention. It hasn’t been positive,” Goodell said.

    —The NFL as a whole has been getting a lot of attention and through your tenure, It hasn’t been very positive.

    Under Goodell’s reign, the NFL organization has become more untrusted then ever in the past. It’s no good.

  55. autumnwind999 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:48 PM

    stealersfannot says:Sep 27, 2012 1:12 PM

    For all of those fans who keep making the “real refs make mistakes and bad calls too,” or “great, now they can start complaining against the real refs” argument. NO ONE has ever said real refs don’t make mistakes.

    You’re argument is akin to saying a DIV III QB makes mistakes just like Tom Brady sometimes does, therefore it makes no difference if the DIV III QB is the QB of the Patriots.

    Yes, the real refs make mistakes. But they’ve honed their skills and perception over years and years of officiating the game at its highest levels.

    Real refs screw up questionable and vaguely defined verbiage in the rule book.

    Replacement refs couldn’t spot the friggin’ ball correctly, or spot blatant PI. or spot basic false starts, or get in the middle of a scrum and pull guys off of each other, or, or, or ad nauseum…

    Let’s start using our brains a little bit here!

    —————————————

    Very true.

    If left in place, the replacement refs might have done something silly, like, I don’t know:

    - Called an erroneous illegal man downfield against say the NY Giants on the wild, botched FG try final play of a playoff game in San Fran while simultaneously missing a likely game-deciding pass interference call on the same play.

    - Reviewed an obvious, say Tom Brady, fumble for 10 minutes on a snowy New England night in the playoffs and somehow come to the conclusion that two hands on the ball in front of your chest is a forward pass. Costing, let’s just say the Raiders, a chance to play for the conference title while launching the Patriots to a Super Bowl title and the start of a dynasty.

    Good thing we got the true professionals back.

  56. claymath52 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:52 PM

    The Absurdity of how the NFL handled this whole situation from start to finish truly made me think more about how they handled bouty-gate. A total fail in both cases, IMO…

  57. marzxyz says: Sep 27, 2012 1:54 PM

    In trying to replace its professional referees with unqualified dilettantes, the NFL made it clear what it thinks about the millions of loyal fans. If I were a season ticket holder, I would feel like a real sucker.

  58. krishnasherchan says: Sep 27, 2012 1:59 PM

    Goodell should come out for the coin toss between GB and the Saints! Lol.

    Seriously, Rodger – why don’t you at least thank Packers fans and players for forcing your hand? It was us that got you to do the right thing. 70K calls to Roger’s office, I love it.

  59. ez0682 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:02 PM

    Best thing for u to do is to step down ur straight useless u havent done nothing right scince u been comish. Oh n also with that non scence u pul
    led on the boys n skins.

  60. 86chawk says: Sep 27, 2012 2:06 PM

    I don’t know who is more sorry…..the commish or those damn whiney Packers fans!!

  61. roysmeck says: Sep 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    I’m tired the comments that Rodgers was sacked 8 times in the first half in justification that the Pack had it coming and deserved the loss. How about the second half? The Hawks had -1 total offense before three terrible calls. Roughing he passer was the first play of the drive which nulified the interception. That should have been the end of the drive and at least an easy field goal. Defensive pass interference (PI) actually offensive PI, a 32 yard gain. That extended the same drive on a third down. Lastly, The last play of the game w/ offensive PI before the non catch. Pete Carroll is truly a classless act. Facts are facts the film doesn’t lie. GB had great defense the 2nd half and those terrible calls nulified any recognition of that.

  62. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:10 PM

    i’ll never be able to get over my suffering. i need to file for post traumatic stress because I only have football in my life to comfort me. This daunting experience of bad calls will scar me forever. my fingers are worn out from typing so vengefully on my keyboard. I need knew fingers, roger. Are you happy?

  63. unionsblow1 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    I say KUDOS to the NFL owners/commisioner for standingup to ridiculous union demands. If only our local, state, and federal government would do the same, we as taxpayers would be much better off. That is all.

  64. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Sep 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    OK cool! Now that the Players Union is on board for the next 10 years and the ref’s are on board for the next 8 years, what about that new drug testing agreement that has completely and mysteriously dissapeared completely?

    I want clean football and I want it now!

  65. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    “And if that’s not the equivalent of giving a D student the perfect attendance award, I don’t know what is.”

    wait I thought this was about football and not obama…

  66. mp4pack says: Sep 27, 2012 2:13 PM

    Yeah saintsfan, because recieved a deserved albeit harsh punishment for trying to injure players is pretty much the same as having a W taken away by incompetent officiating. It seems to me Saints fans were pretty confident that losing the HC wouldn’t be catastrophic before the season started, what’s changed?

  67. goindy2006 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:18 PM

    I used to like you Roger… now not so much.

  68. jdsj691 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:22 PM

    It’s official, Goodell is an idiot. We don’t need a referee for that decision….

  69. tackleberries says: Sep 27, 2012 2:24 PM

    I have never criticized Goodell before, but this is patronizing BS. Shove your apology up your arse.

  70. wherezwaldo says: Sep 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is not impressed.

  71. mp4pack says: Sep 27, 2012 2:28 PM

    Big props to the refs union, standing up to greedy billionaires, demanding their fair piece of the pie, and getting it. If everyday workers across America would stand up for their rights and stop allowing themselves to be bled dry by corporate greed, average hard-working Americans everywhere would be better off. That is all.

  72. Pastor Howard says: Sep 27, 2012 2:30 PM

    They’re not sorry about the impact on the fans. All the owners care about is how much $$$ they’re making. Look, I’m a capitalist and I love a healthy profit margin as much as anyone but they need to stop this nonsense about caring about the fans. They’re faux ‘concern’ about the fans insults our intelligence. Enough already. When’s the last time this league did ANYTHING that screams ‘we care about the fans’? Thought so…

  73. nashwaakkidd says: Sep 27, 2012 2:35 PM

    this game was actually decided , imo, on the gimp roughing the passer call that negated the GB Int.and yes the hawks were handed the “W”. probably the greatest travesty since the tuck rule game.these guys were clearly in over their heads , but the booth guy should be let go as well for not correcting the bonehead call on the field.

  74. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:36 PM

    cheese head fans get over it. we were robbed and so on time to man up and move on. a bunch of cry babies .

  75. indybob160 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    Sorry Roger there is no I am sorry in that lame statement… Go to Green Bay on Sunday and tell them how sorry you are….

    man up little boy…..

  76. jlynch617 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:44 PM

    As bad as the replacement refs were, the review was done upstairs by the NFL representative. The biggest sin lies squarly with the NFL for not reversing this, not with the refs that were not qualified to be in the correct position to make the proper call.

    I don’t know the qualifications of anyone here to make the correct call, but I am very comfortable with the former coachs and players who have critisized it.

  77. oomglick says: Sep 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    It’s interesting that the owners and the refs settled so quickly considering that Vegas lost about 300 million on the Packers-Seahawks. Maybe the odds makers were taking action on how many owners have IOU’s that could’ve be called in…or leaked to the press.

  78. bamboozle99 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:56 PM

    Sorry for what? Didn’t the office just approve that last call on Monday night?

  79. nofunleague says: Sep 27, 2012 3:03 PM

    So in 8 years after the season has started again, we will start negotiations on the next contract. We have kept the phone numbers of all of the scabs and incompetents, so that in 8 years we can do this again. Roger you thnk you are the man but you are a fool for hiring such incompetent people to do a job. You should be fired.

  80. saintsfan26 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:05 PM

    Prove we tried to injure other players.

  81. gowhitten says: Sep 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    How about apologizing for Super Bowl XL while you are at it? I do not think the replacement refs made any more bad calls than to “real” refs do.; just fans looking for excuses why their team is not winning. The replacement refs are probably not as prejudiced the regular refs.

  82. commonsense4allofus says: Sep 27, 2012 3:15 PM

    Roger, your the definition of fake. You twist and turn things so that they suit you and the league. You say you care about the fans, but your actions speak far louder than words. You say you care about player safety, but your actions speak far louder than words. You, the league and the owners care ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY. Sure sometimes a victim of cancer gets free sideline passes or an opportunity to meet an NFL idol, but you know what, you only do that for the public relations, you only care about the money fans have, not the actual fans. The NFL is only out to maximize profit no matter what the cost, just as most big businesses are. Too bad you all sold your souls for the almightly dollar. I hope when your on your deathbed you look bad on your life and have no regrets, but I’m sure you will.

  83. puntonfirstdown says: Sep 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    Resign, you moron. Idiot. Jerk. Weasel. You don’t even have the balls to admit your NFL screwed up. You’ll admit to everything but that. Not one ounce of integrity. Stay out of Green Bay for the rest of your worthless life.

  84. ladyraestewart says: Sep 27, 2012 3:28 PM

    An apology is hollow and meaningless without justifying the wrong. I’m not a GB fan but to make this right the NFL needs to take away the win from Seattle and give it to Green Bay. The Seattle coaching staff and owners should also be fined for not doing the right thing after reviewing the game tape and telling the NFL it wasn’t their win. But silly me, thinking anyone does what is right voluntarily.

  85. frankiemontana says: Sep 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    And if “the game” had not received that much attention the replacements would still be in.protect the shield..Roger

  86. cbs1971 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    You’re sorry huh? Well, how about free NFL Sunday Ticket for all of the fans?

    Just saying……

  87. mullman76 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    I love how Rog referenced the Tuck Rule when talking about historically bad calls, comparing it to the MNF debacle.

    The Tuck Rule is the worst call in the history of the NFL. Brady knew it was a fumble. But, in reality, there was no way the “RAIDERS” were going to travel to and defeat the “PATRIOTS” in the wake of 9/11.

    That call squashed the RAIDERS for more than a decade and launched a false dynasty. The MNF call pales in comparison.

    Week 3 regular season does not compare to the playoffs… not even close.

  88. docshrinker says: Sep 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    Amazes me that people complain about the final call of the game as if it was the only mistake of that game. There were so many calls missed or incorrectly called prior that the entire game was a toss up. The refs made large mistakes on the final two touchdown drives that had significant impacts to the outcome of the game.
    Wash the last two mistake ridden (ref influenced) touchdown scoring drives off the board and the Seahawks win 7-6

  89. psousa1 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:50 PM

    Hey, it got me out of a traffic ticket. I thought I made the yellow light, got pulled over and the cop said to me “Do you know why I pulled you over?” and I jokingly said “Sorry, its just these damn replacement officials and I couldn’t concentrate!”. He then went into a rant that he didn’t start Golden Tate on his fantasy team and got beat by 2.

  90. jason9696 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:53 PM

    I wonder if Lance Easley will be ready to officiate again in 8 years time?

  91. jjackwagon says: Sep 27, 2012 3:53 PM

    If you are really sorry then refund everyone’s ticket moeny from the last three weeks.
    Actions speak louder than words.

  92. ibreathefootball says: Sep 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    There was over a billion dollars won or lost in betting that night for the Packers/Seahawks game. This isn’t rocket science guys, there is shiesty business going on here if I’ve ever seen it. The NBA is used to fudging points, but never thought I’d see it so blatantly clear in the NFL.

  93. ms72lbc says: Sep 27, 2012 4:13 PM

    The only reason this deal got done so quickly is that Green Bay plays at home this Sunday and the league knew they couldn’t send the replacement refs to Lambeau! If the Pack was on the road, this would have drug out at least another week.

  94. severinsmith says: Sep 27, 2012 4:52 PM

    @mullman76 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    “But, in reality, there was no way the “RAIDERS” were going to travel to and defeat the “PATRIOTS” in the wake of 9/11.”
    —-
    Wait, wait, wait… outside of whether or not the tuck rule was ruled correctly on the field, that game was decided because of the team’s NAME and September 11?

    Hold on… i have to process this. The Patriots were escotred to the Superbowl, because of their name, and the fact that September 11 had occurred the previous Fall….

    Wow. That is a whole new level of crazy.

  95. stanstanbloch says: Sep 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    Get real! If the refs would have called that game right Green Bay would not have scored their touchdown due to the blown interference call on the third down of their TD drive. Look at thre films, that was a blown call!
    It goes both ways.

  96. maddbearfan says: Sep 27, 2012 5:39 PM

    I watched that replay tape of the catch a whole bunch and according to the “Completed Catch Rule”…By the time Jennings got his left foot down he was no longer in complete control of the ball, there were 2 other hands on it so from the ref’s point of view it was a simultaneous catch. So he called it as close as he could. And even after the review it couldn’t be over turned.
    So Green Bay..suck it up..it’s early in the season…next time score more points.

  97. nofunleague says: Sep 27, 2012 6:11 PM

    All of this is the very reason that this old man doesn’t bet on any sports game. All it takes in one bad call, or a few in one game, and you just lost your bet. I’m glad these clowns are gone, but look at the real refs new shirts with the horizontal stripes and the 5 numbers on the front of their shirts. $180,000. for a part time job plus retirement. Are you kidding me. I hope you season ticket holders are happy paying for this.

  98. laserw says: Sep 27, 2012 6:11 PM

    Dear Commissy Goodhell,

    You truly are sorry.

    You care what you put your fans through. Oh, joy! We feel all better now. Really. You don’t even offer to kiss our boo boos?

    How about apologizing to the players who have had their careers threatened when the dirty teams like the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and New England Patriots took full advantage of “no see, no foul” approach. These teams sought to and often injured players because they knew there was no penalty going to be called. You can add the Cincinnati Bengals as one of the dirty teams – that fat chick with the long, ethnic island hair was like an enforcer with the mob trying to take out knees of opposing players. He should be kicked out of football for life for being a disgusting, unprofessional player.

    Seriously, nothing short of your resignation will begin to heal this mess. America knows that the professional referees are greedy bastards wanting full time pay for part time work, but we can handle them in due time – via the internet – and when Hoculi starts making up calls like he did last year, I’ll be all over him like a two dollar hoe on a john.

    Resign now, idiot!

    Signed Joe American

  99. twoody50 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:26 PM

    bigbadal sounds like a bozo trying to quote the rule book and has no clue what he is saying.

  100. suckmyhawk2012 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:23 PM

    Why should Roger apologize to the Packers? He didn’t make the call, nor was this all his doing. The greedy owners didn’t wanna pony up and he took most of the heat for it.. Nobody should apologize to the pack, except the people that made the call and upheld it.

  101. bozorocks says: Sep 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    Personally I think the entire season should be re-played at Roger Goodells expense. Also, he should be used as the football in every game. I would love to see anyone of those games played where only the kickers come on the field.
    I realize that only 3 games have been played but every game counts. The games played so far, the officiating was 3rd grade level and should not even count.

  102. leroy36 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:41 PM

    Just for giggles, I would like to hear how the Commish and owners thought that hiring refs fired by the Lingerie League would be a good idea.

  103. ksctychiefs says: Sep 27, 2012 9:00 PM

    for one thing it took alot of COURAGE for the replacement guys to step on the field, to go down in the pit,into the arena of life and do battle,unlike the oafs in the stands,or nation sports talk radio,who can only level criticism…..and without the replacement guys there would have been NO football…..and didnt the Pack get sacked like 8 times in the first half alone,with any one of those plays being blocked right, could have been a TD…..so any outcome of any game never comes down to a single officiating call,but the um total of the plays even out over the course of the game…..you always have enough opportunity in play over the course of a game,and not any one officiating call……..and the honeymoon for the regular guys is going to last all of 5 minutes before the oaks in the stands get on them too…..hats off to the replacement guys for climbing down into the pit of life and doing battle!!!……

  104. deejer says: Sep 27, 2012 10:10 PM

    He’s sorry?!?!? HE’S sorry!!!! Hey, a$$whole; how’d you like to be us — the poor schlubs on whom you visited this crap. Or perhaps be the Green Bay Packers.

    He’s sorry. What a pitiful excuse for a human being.

  105. 88ibis says: Sep 27, 2012 10:44 PM

    Okay, the headline I clicked on to get here reads: “NFL’s Goodell: I’m sorry for replacement referee fiasco”. There’s no quote with him saying anything close to that. Nice journalistic integrity NBC and PFT! Being biased is one thing, but come on…

  106. kiefs85 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:52 PM

    What gets old is the complaint about the Packers getting all of the calls. How about the Jerry Rice fumble that wasn’t called in ’98? How about the facemask that wasn’t called in ’09 vs. Arizona? These were both botched calls(among others) in playoff games that ended the Packers season. I have heard alot about the Giants game last year and the 49ers game this year as being poorly officiated. Didn’t both of those teams beat the Packers pretty handily? Did the poor calls in those games effect the outcome? No and No. This argument is a reach at best. Get a life jealous haters—the Packers will be the league’s worst nightmare the rest of the season.

  107. txnative61 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:04 AM

    The replacement debacle that ended dramatically Monday night also served to work in the league’s favor in underscoring the importance of accountability. The league has long suffered bad calls that unduly affected games and negatively impacted fair competition, but had little power to cull poor officials. If we now see improved officiating, it was worth the turmoil. I also am glad to see them receive better pay for their professionalism.

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