This is getting ridiculous. The replacement referees have struck again, this time affecting the outcome of a game (and affecting probably the hundreds of thousands of people that bet on the Packers, who were 3.5 point favorites). At the end of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks game on Monday Night Football, the Seahawks threw a desperation heave in to the end zone. They were down by five points.
M.D. Jennings appeared to come up with the interception, though Golden Tate stuck his arm in there, and eventually got both arms in to what the refs (or at least one of them) called a simultaneous catch. The rule clearly states that if a defensive player gains control while an offensive player has one arm on the ball, it is not a simultaneous catch. Well, here you go.
Clear evidence that Jennings had the ball with two hands while Tate only had one on it. Let’s not even talk about the fact that Tate gives a full arm extension shove to Sam Shields before going up for the hail mary. I would get too angry, and I’m not even a fan.
But a Packers player brought up something that, while it will not happen, is an interesting topic of debate. Would the NFL players actually go on strike because of these refs? I seriously doubt it.
The players went on strike in 1987, but that was a very different time. There was still some fallout from the 60s and 70s going against “the man” culture, plus the players make a lot more money now, and not receiving those game checks would hurt. Don’t tell that to Packers lineman Josh Sitton, who suggested he and his fellow NFL-ers should stop playing.
“That was (expletive). This is getting ridiculous! The NFL needs to get the refs back bfr we strike and they make no money”
That would certainly send a message to the NFL front office, but good luck getting the rest of the players to feel the same. And I doubt the NFLPA would sign off on something like this. It would be bad for everyone, except maybe the Packers who would get some gratification out of sending a big screw you to Roger Goodell.
Don’t fret NFL fans, I do not see a strike in the NFL’s future.