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The Seahawks are going to make the playoffs as the final wild card team (by owning the tiebreaker over the Packers) and then win Super Bowl XLVII. The entire sports world will call us undeserving and hate our team. It will be awesome.
Posted by DOUG. on September 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM · Report this
Didn't the NFL backup that final call (possession is not established until the player's feet hit the ground, and by the time they hit the ground, it was simultaneous possession), and anyway wasn't that call reinforced by the non-scab replay referee?
Posted by madcap on September 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM · Report this
Fnarf 4
Oh, that's just fucking great. Now these replacement refs will be back ruining the Lingerie League for me.
Posted by Fnarf on September 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 5
Bad refs are like rain...affects both teams equally.

OT: I'm watching this show called "Revenge". Every Netflix review has 5 stars and says its the best thing since Lost.

So far it watches like a soap opera. Anyone?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http:// on September 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM · Report this
@5: You should be watching Cinderella Liberty
Posted by Merchant Seaman on September 26, 2012 at 11:50 PM · Report this
LEE. 7

I'll bite since DOUG wrapped up this thread in the first comment. The show is apparently based on The Count of Monte Cristo, which...I guess? Personally, I can't stand to watch another show about wealthy white people in the Hamptons anymore than I can watch a show about somewhat-well-off white people trying to make it in Manhatten. Actually, fuck New York in general.
Posted by LEE. on September 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM · Report this
The Packers are the moral compass of the NFL. Which to be fair is not great, but by the standards of professional sports, they're fucking angels.
Posted by Tyler Pierce on September 27, 2012 at 2:04 AM · Report this
Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown. 10
Goldy, you are a scab yourself. When are you going to call Darryl down at the Guild and organize this scab rag?
Posted by Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown. on September 27, 2012 at 5:20 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 11
the total amount in dispute was less than a third of Goddell's yearly salary.
Posted by Max Solomon on September 27, 2012 at 6:18 AM · Report this
Post_Mortem 12
Matt Schaub lost part of his ear due to an illlegal hit some contended would not have taken place had the games not gotten so out of control under the scab refs, so someone actually did get maimed.
Posted by Post_Mortem on September 27, 2012 at 6:21 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 13
Do the refs get to keep their pension? That was the sticking point. They were too smart to settle for a stupid 401k
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on September 27, 2012 at 7:06 AM · Report this
@3 The NFL only held up the call so they didn't completely ruin the league's credibility and give the real officials an even bigger piece of leverage.

A league will almost never overturn an on-field call after the fact. See Galaraga's ruined perfecto in 2010 for more.
Posted by ultrasuedecushion on September 27, 2012 at 7:24 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 15
Wrong, @12. That hit was completely legal. Did you even watch the game?

Nope, didn't think so.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on September 27, 2012 at 7:37 AM · Report this
Big Matt G 16
@15) I am a Broncos fan. I did watch the game. The hit was dirty and the NFL aggrees with me:…
Posted by Big Matt G on September 27, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
danewood 17
Come on Goldy, that call--while bad--didn't set a new record. That record has been firmly held by the refs who called a touchdown from Vinny Testaverde running his helmet into the end zone to seal the game for the Jets (a game against the Seahawks, I might add, that kept them out of the playoffs).
Posted by danewood on September 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 18
Have to agree with #17 here...Testaverde's phantom touchdown was a much worse call than this, as there was absolutely no subjectivity/rule interpretation involved.

The ball simply did not cross the plane, which anybody could plainly see (ba-dum tish).
Posted by Theodore Gorath on September 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM · Report this
@13 Pensions are grandfathered. New officials will get the 401k package. They are still going to add some extra officials to have in reserve if one of the regulars sucks too much, but they're not diluting the compensation pool with these spare zebras.
Posted by Sir Vic on September 27, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 20
FINALLY! Finally our agonizing war in Afghanistan is over and the troops can come back home! It's been far too long and so many have lost their lives. We should all... what?

Oh, nevermind. I see we're discussing something important here.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on September 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Report this
Hey Goldy, scroll up a little and read the morning news item about Jim McMahon. Then come back and tell me what a difference the refs make in players getting maimed. (For a bonus, go to YouTube and do a search on "Joe Theisman".)

It's inherent. To a point, it's why people watch. The master of intelligent snark, Merle Kessler (aka Ian Shoales), summed it up perfectly decades ago: "Football players, like prostitutes, are in the business of ruining their bodies for the pleasure of strangers." (No pun intended in this case.)

Which is what's made it very difficult for many of us to care about this whole flap, and particularly not for that excuse.
Posted by DonServo on September 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this

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