We Need NFL Referee Mike Carey Back Right Now
If you know (or work with) an NFL Football fan, then you've heard the bellyaching over last night's Seattle Seahawks - Green Bay Packers game - or as I like to refer to it, "Callmaggedon". After a series of horrendous calls, the game hinged, in its last few seconds, on what some players are labeling the worst call in NFL history.
In my opinion, 22-year veteran NFL Referee Mike Carey would never have let this happen to my season...
Last night, Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson lobbed a monster of a Hail Mary pass deep into the endzone, in a last-ditched effort to turn around a 12-7 deficit. Seahawks Wide Receiver Golden Tate first shoved a Green Bay defender away from the gathering scrum, then jumped in an attempt to catch the ball.
Unfortunately for Tate, the seconds he took to blatantly foul the defense cost him first dibs on the ball, as he was beat in the air by Green Bay Safety M.D. Jennings. Jennings first grabbed the ball, pulled it in to his chest with both hands, and landed with it in full possession. Tate fell with Jennings, managing to only get one hand on the ball in a failed attempt to pull it free.
Two replacement refs, both standing equally close to the angry, tangled scrum, saw Jennings break free from the group, ball tightly pulled to chest. One ref (oddly) immediately reacted by calling a touchdown in the Seahawks' favor, while another (correctly) called an interception. The crowd at Seattle's CenturyLink Stadium roared in applause, the commentators couldn't believe the call, and social media positively blew up all night and this morning.
Over 70,000 voice messages came into the NFL's offices since last night, according to an ESPN article today.
The NFL has upheld last night's controversial ruling, with some (incorrectly) pointing to Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 5 regarding simultaneous possession:
"If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers. It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control."
Again, Jennings clearly had control first, while Tate moved in thereafter - and only with a single hand (hardly fulfilling the rule for proper possession). So how in the Hell did the NFL get to this point? Ask Ref Mike Carey, and he'll likely tell you to call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for an answer.
The NFL brings in almost 9 billion dollars each year, enjoying the benefits of having a large, loyal fan base and a solid merchandising stronghold. An enormous chunk of those profits go to the owners, who then dole out sometimes astronomical salaries to those scrambling on the gridiron.Continued on the next page