Well it has finally happened. Unless you have been living in a Tibetan monastery, you have heard about all of the controversy regarding the Packers/Seahawks game from Monday night football. In case you haven’t seen the thousands of replays on SportsCenter, click here to see the play in question.
Now that there’s been time to view the play and make some observations, here are my Top 9 takeaways from the controversial call:
9. The league would never, and should never, overturn a game result. It sets a bad precedent.
8. UFC president Dana White tells his fighters repeatedly, “Never leave it in the hands of the judges”, or as Hugh Douglas said on ESPN, “don’t let the refs decide the game.”
7. As stated by one of my best friends, the NFL may have just “jumped the shark”.
6. As Hugh Douglas also stated, defenders are taught to knock the ball down, not catch.
5. The amount of money that shifted on the point spread due to the final play could pay off approximately .0005% of the U.S. National debt.
4. Of the 3 officials (Head, side judge, back judge), only one spent any time officiating above Division III college football (has Big 12 conference experience). Not surprisingly, he was the one who didn’t signal “touchdown”.
3. The NFL received over 70,000 phone messages regarding Monday night’s game.
2. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch acknowledged that the Seahawks should not have won that game.
Last but not least, the number one takeaway from the Packers/Seahawks game is…
1. This will do NOTHING to speed up the negotiations with the locked-out officials.