I watched the game Monday night, and yes, the Packers got screwed by that last call....
...but how is it any different than any other game, in any other year?
Remember the 2002 Vikings-Packers game that Walt Coleman (a REAL Ref) screwed us on NINE blown calls in that game - as ADMITTED by the NFL?
How about the 2009 NFC Championship game when New Orleans raped our QB on the field? Or the BS pass interference call that kept the Cheaters.... I mean the "Saints"....in the game? Those weren't "Replacement Refs"...
In short, how is what is happening NOW any more embarrassing for the league, or any more detrimental for the league than what has ALWAYS been going on?
The difference is, you now have Drew "Whiney Ass" Brees making statements blaming the Refs for his teams inability to play worth a piss, and you have the Packers pissed because they weren't the recipient of the blown call....
So, from where I sit, the level of officiating hasn't really dropped off all that much. We're just quicker to point the blame finger because these guys are "replacement" refs. The NFL is right. The refs aren't the game. But the pundits are now going to try and make them the game.
As I read somewhere else, the owners are the people locking out the regular refereeing crews. Since Green Bay is 'owned' by the fans then they actually managed to screw themselves over... so they should all be pointing the finger at each other for allowing this situation to arise :D
Some aspects of the replacement refs are refreshing, but overall, I think their ability to call a game is pretty poor. They really are lost out there and put a high level of unpredictability in the game. These are guys that couldn't hold jobs as officials in college. They don't know how to control the game, they are not garnering respect and it will continue to degrade the game. Whether it's right or not is irrelevant, players and coaches have deemed them idiots and it will continue to snowball.
Perception has now taken over that these guys suck, I don't think there's any coming back from it. Whether it's all deserved or not.
The owner's will probably concede on more issues at this point, but they won't be happy about it and will try to make it up in the long run. Be careful refs for using too much leverage against the guys who control the league.
I have to agree with Caine here. The regular refs blew their fair share of calls too. Don't get me wrong, I think the replacement refs have been bad, and I was pissed at what was going on at the end of our game, but I think it seems much worse than it is because there's a huge spotlight on them and every call they make is being put under extra scrutiny. Plus people just love themselves some drama.
The frequency of mistakes is higher, but what do you expect, they're "replacements". They're all rookies, if that, and look how long it takes rookie players to adjust to the speed of the game. Look at the '09 NFCC game, how long had those refs been in the league and look how terribly officiated that games was. Plus it was a championship game, so it was supposedly the best of the best too yet.
As far as the bias goes, you have to admit, it does seem different. I don't think there's necessarily more or less bias going on, but teams that had it before (Packers) don't seem to have it now. You feel it every game. The Packers absolutely got screwed last night and it was one of the worst calls I've seen in a long time, but I LOVED IT! I just wish it took place in Lamebeau. Call it karma for all the undeserved calls that have gone their way over the years. And I must admit, I'm going to enjoy all the crying, booing, and drama coming from cheeseland this week.
But the only mistake made on that call was the original call on the field. How many times have the Vikings been screwed by the "original call on the field" BS the past few years alone? The original call on the field prevents an overturn without conclusive evidence, even Jerry Austin (former official) said that last night. They can't overturn a possession call so it had to stand as a TD. If they had called it an INT on the field they couldn't have overturned it to a TD either.
The only thing I'm not sure about is if they could have called a push-off on Tate after the review. They say everything about a play is under review when they go under the hood, so perhaps they could've come back and called PI on Tate? But blame the rule. I'm sure the ref knew it was an INT too when he was looking at it under the hood, but by rule, he couldn't overturn it.
Agreed. I seem to remember a couple of non-calls for high low hits on a QB and then a phantom Pass Interference call significantly affecting the outcome of the NFC Championship game... but I don't remember seeing any Green Bay fans protesting outside Lambeau field after that.
The Vikings and Packers both got screwed by the refs on Sunday. The difference was the Vikings did enough earlier in the game to overcome the refs and the Packers didn't.
Every team knows that if you leave it in the hands of the officials you might get ass raped.
Of course nobody mentions the shot that Mathews laid on Russell after he released the ball that could have easily been roughing the passer that would have negated the INT and given the hawks another shot 15 yards closer.