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.)
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