Debating Lance Easley and the Rest of the Replacement Officials in the NFL
Monday’s ending to the Week 3 game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks is a topic that is going to be popular for the rest of the 2012 NFL season. Over the first three weeks, the replacement officials have made plenty of controversial calls, but nothing compares to what happened at the end of Monday’s–especially on the end of Lance Easley.
For those of you that aren’t aware, Easley was the side judge that ruled the catch by Golden Tate a touchdown at the end of the game despite Derrick Rhone-Dunn standing right next to him with the call of an interception. It’s one thing to mess up on an important call in the game, but when two officials make two completely different calls at an important time of the game–it’s completely unacceptable.
The NFL should be ashamed for the process they use to determine which officials they lose for these games considering refs like Easley clearly aren’t qualified to be working in the big leagues. Easley may do a phenomenal job at the high school and collegiate level, but if he knew he wasn’t ready to officiate in the big leagues–why would he even consider accepting the job in the first place?
Unfortunately, the league is to blame just as much as Beasley and the rest of these replacement officials that aren’t qualified to call these games considering they were the ones that let it happen. It was only a matter of time before something controversial happened with these officials and now–the Packers are the ones that have to suffer since they were robbed of a win on Monday night.
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