The Green Bay Packers are currently embroiled in a controversy regarding how their Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks ended and they are taking to social media to voice their frustration and displeasure. Even NFL analyst extraordinaire Adam Schefter is getting in the mix.
The play in question was an incredibly contentious call on the last play of the game, during which the Seahawks QB Russell Wilson heaved a Hail Mary pass that was, for all intents and purposes, intercepted by M.D. Jennings of the Packers but ruled to be “dual possession” and a Seahawks touchdown on the field. One official signaled touchdown, while the other official, standing just feet away, ruled the play to be dead and a touchback. The referee ultimately sided with the touchdown call, even though the replay clearly indicated that Jennings had possession first and Golden Tate reached in afterwards to supposedly establish dual possession.
The frustration on the part of Packers players is palpable and they are using Twitter and other social media outlets to let everyone know it. It was even reported that Clay Matthews posted the phone number of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on his Facebook page. It turns out, however, that it was a fan page and not one run directly by Matthews.
One of the more tame quotes by Packers lineman T.J. Lang can be found below. If you want to really see how he feels, visit his Twitter page to find other expletive-laden Tweets that I couldn’t post here.
Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
As I mentioned, Adam Schefter is getting in on the act, asking his followers for a clever name for the play while adding his own suggestions.
So what do we call last night’s game? The Inaccurate Reception? The Fail Mary? Any ideas…?
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2012
Tom Crabtree compared the situation to a beautiful work being defecated upon. Nice imagery.
Imagine you make a painting. It isn’t perfect by others’ standards, but it’s your painting. You are proud. Then someone takes a [crap] on it.
— Tom Crabtree (@TCrabtree83) September 25, 2012
Even the normally mild-mannered Greg Jennings voiced his displeasure, although much more diplomatically than most others.
— Greg Jennings (@GregJennings) September 25, 2012
If I were any of these players, I’d be sure to put a hefty chunk of my game check back to pay the fines that are surely going to be imposed by the league.
It’s clear that the replacement officials blew this call and cost the Packers a victory. Many experts have said they don’t anticipate the regular refs coming back until the scabs have blown a call the directly costs a team a game. Was this the breaking point? What are your thoughts?