With the regular officials about to return to action Thursday night, the griping and debate over the replacements should be coming to an end. With that, I bring you one last article over the Monday Night Football debacle, or the “Seattle Screwjob” for you wrestling fans out there.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder recently did an interview where he was asked his opinions on the replacement refs and a few related topics. Here’s what he had to say:
On the replacement refs:
“The thing is, the replacement guys have been put in such a tough situation. They’re doing the best they can and you can’t blame them for anything. They’re busting their butts to do it. Even when the regular guys come back, they’re going to make mistakes as well.”
” So I feel bad for them. They’re doing a lot of hard work. I appreciate what they’re doing.”
On the controversial ending to MNF:
“It was a tough call. When you’re out there, it’s so hard to see things in split seconds with things going so fast. It was a tough call. If I stuck myself out there, I don’t know what I would have called.”
And finally, does he feel bad for the Green Bay Packers?
“No. No, I don’t.”
Overall if you’re a Vikings fan, you’d have to agree with these comments. As a Packers fan, I could see where you might be a little upset, but what’s he supposed to say? The Vikings shouldn’t care about the Packers, just as the Packers shouldn’t about the Vikings.
I applaud Ponder’s honesty and loyalty to his team here. Even though he may feel that the Packers got screwed, that’s just something he can’t say. He knows it’s not his place to say anything bad about the league and the Packers question was just answered honestly. I would have been worried if he did feel bad for them. After all, the Vikings need as much help as they can get in the NFC North.