Rant and Rise: Braves Clinch Playoff Berth, Tigers and White Sox Tied in AL Central, Lance Easley's Past

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for September 26, 2012:

Atlanta Braves Clinch Playoff Spot

After last season’s devastating collapse, the Braves feel much better at the end of September this year after clinching a playoff berth on Tuesday thanks to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. Chipper Jones will get one final shot at another World Series before he retires at the end of the season and with one week left in the regular season–they’re only four games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East.

Either way, the important thing is Atlanta will be playing in the postseason no matter what.

Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox Tied For First in AL Central

At this time last week, the Tigers trailed the White Sox by three games in the division–making it seem like a long shot to overcome at this point in the regular season. Thanks to a recent slump by Chicago, Detroit is back in first place with their division rivals thanks to Tuesday’s games.

After the White Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians in the afternoon, the Tigers finally took advantage of the opportunity to get back into first and came through with a 2-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

More Criticism For NFL Replacement Refs and Lance Easley

As if Monday’s ending between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks wasn’t frustrating enough, the NFL is receiving more criticism for their process of finding these replacement officials.

Lance Easley, the official who signaled Golden Tate’s catch a touchdown on Monday, had four years of experience and never officiated higher than the Division III level before this season–making it seem like just about anyone is qualified to be an NFL official. Hopefully, this disaster comes to an end soon considering Monday’s game has taken this issue to a whole new level.

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