This picture will iive on in infamy. This is the final call of the phantom touch down in last nights NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. You will notice that the two officials have given two rules. The one on the right signalling a touchdown and the one on the left ruling a interception and a touchback.
The call was reviewed and ruled a touchdown. The broadcasters, ESPN, and quite frankly most of the NFL clearly disagreed. First, and what was not noted in this photo is that there was an offensive pass interference call that was missed. Second, although at first glance it looks like a simultaneous catch, the defensive back has the actual ball.
Just to be clear, I’m a Seahawks fan. So I’m happy for the win. However I can sympathize with the Packers fans and players. Yes, they were angry on Twitter. Why can I sympathize?
Well I’m a Calgary Flames fan. I bring you to this. June 4, 2004. We were getting together to watch Game 6 on the Stanley Cup Final. We were about to win the Stanley Cup, when this non goal was called.
We did not win the Stanley Cup. Yes, we were angry. The officials made the wrong call.
So there has been much discussion on how bad the replacements referees have done in the NFL. But, the reality is what it really shows is how tough it is to be a referee. If you don’t believe me, ask a minor hockey one and what some have gone through with parents.
What about you? Can you be a referee?