Seahawks win, NFL loses, Twitter explodes

If the best sports officials are the ones you never notice, then the zebras who worked the Green Bay versus Seattle football game last night will live in infamy. With the National Football League at a labor impasse with their regular on-field officials, the league has been using replacement refs so far this season — to less than stellar reviews. Last night, though, things hit rock bottom, as the fill-ins made a mockery of the rules, were openly derided by the ESPN announcing crew, and handed the game to Seattle by ruling a touchdown on the last play of the game. Confusion erupted in Seattle after one referee credited Seattle’s Golden Tate with the game-winning catch — despite the fact that he clearly shoved a defender in the back and didn’t really have sole possession. Another referee seemed poised to call the play an interception, but after reviewing the play on instant replay, the officials double-downed on their error and ruled touchdown, giving Seattle a 14-12 victory.

Twitter immediately exploded, and not just from the sports world. (ESPN reports that the bad call impacted at least $150 million in bets — the Packers were favored by 3.5.)

Watch the play below and read some choice tweets:

Damon Lindelof: “Enrico Palazzo would have made a better call than that.”

Bill Maher: “So the NFL with replacement refs is now like a card game with Jokers included as wild cards — every 10 plays or so it just makes no sense.”

Rob Lowe: “The owners and Roger Goodelll should be ashamed of the mockery the #NFL is becoming. Greedy shame. Bring back the refs #MondayNightFootball.

Seth Meyers: “Until the regular referees come back they should just decide the game based on the opening coin flip.”

Taran Killam: “YOU’RE KIDDING ME?!?! FIRE THOSE REFS!!!!!”

Adam McKay: “Lock out air traffic controllers or teachers… Yawn. Mess with a football game, America: F—ingAarghh!!!”

Chuck Todd: “The announcers are openly mocking the refs. If Goodell has any integrity for the game, he’ll award the Packers this win. Admit the mistake … There is bipartisan outrage on my feed. So the replacement refs have brought some folks together!”

Norm Macdonald: “Upon further review, my tv is broken and so is my hand.”

Albert Brooks: “Just spoke to the NFL commissioner. He said if I can save them money the Super Bowl can be played at my house … People are asking me why I’m tweeting so much about this NFL mess tonight. I LOST $400.”

The Daily Show‘s Tim Carvell: “‘There’s nothing in the rulebook that says a golden retriever *can’t* referee a football game…’ — scene from my new Air Bud spec script.”

Joel Stein: “This is the very first time I’ve ever wished I liked football. Also, all of high school.”

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