Last night ‘s Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks NFL football game ended with a Hail Mary pass by former University of Wisconsin and current Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson calling the wrong play in the huddle before scrambling to heave a near perfect 40-yard ball into the corner of the end zone…to be caught by…..
…..who cares. It didn’t matter who caught the ball because former Golden Domer, Golden Tate shoves the defender in the back with such force he sends him sprawling. Offensive Pass Interference, Easy Call, Game Over….or is it?
The ball flies into the end zone and Green Bay Packers defensive back, Jennings rises high to grab the ball, pull it into his chest along with Golden Tate’s arms, and comes down in the end zone, Interception, Easy Call, Game Over….or is it?
Heck no, the replacement referees can’t figure out what the call is and after missing the obvious pass interference call, decide it is simultaneous possession and award the ball and the touchdown to….Golden Tate. Game over! For real, well sort of, as they had to kick the PAT.
The press has gone wild, the fans and players are incensed and all I could think of was keeping these high school referees in the NFL is pure genius. Record numbers of fans and viewers are watching these games. So what if it isn’t to watch the football? The bottom line is that ratings are surging and the money is flowing in! Advertisers are thrilled! The NFL will be rolling in dough and didn’t have to pay extra to so called professional referees to do it. Brilliant!
This season is football’s reality TV equivalent of Snookie and The Situation and Honey Boo Boo. Even though you know you’re going to see something completely ridiculous and embarrassing, you have to tune in and watch, and that means more money for the league. The outcomes when the perennial best of the NFL plays the perennial doormats are completely in question because with these referees ANYTHING can happen. And people love to watch the unexpected.
So before you jump up screaming about how you want the professional refs to return, think about how boring it will be to see the Patriots, the Packers and Saints winning all of their games again. Everything Roger Goodell has done from the player lockout, to Bounty Gate to the replacement referees has been pure genius. He has done what Al Davis never could, established parity in the league where the outcome is always in questions and the fan is engaged for all 60 minutes…