The replacement referees made one of the worst calls in the history of the NFL Monday night after they awarded the Seattle Seahawks a victory over the Green Bay Packers that they rightfully did not deserve. It was obvious the officials were blind and a Green Bay eye doctor is willing to fix that free of charge.
Dr. Christopher Smith is offering free Lasik surgery to each replacement referee who was on the field for Monday night’s debacle.
“Yeah, the referees obviously they had some vision issues,” Smith said. “So we decided that we could help them with that.”
While the replacement officials are getting their eyes fixed, they will also be schooled on decision-making and how to interpret the rules of football. Basically, this is a win-win for the referees, as they will no longer have a difficulty seeing or understanding the correct call in the heat of a game.
The one official Dr. Smith is really hoping will take him up on the offer is Lance Easley, who is the referee that made the boneheaded call signaling touchdown at the end of the game. According to Karl Richins and other Division I college officials, Easley was not deemed good enough to become a Division I referee this past summer.
“He’s a very polite, good Christian gentleman, a good father to his son, Daniel, who was at my academy as well.” Richins said. “But was Lance ready to work at the NFL level? Absolutely not.”
Easley was not ready to officiate Division I games but apparently the NFL thought he could handle the speed of a professional matchup, considering that makes plenty of sense. Easley may have made the wrong call by ruling a touchdown, but he missed an even more obvious penalty that would have ended the game on the spot.
“The receiver was clearly pushing off,” said Richins, a retired referee. “It was clearly offensive pass interference.”
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