OCT. 3 SPORTS COLUMN — MARK SPENSLEY, CO-PUBLISHER
Boy, after last week’s game between Green Bay and Seattle, the last job I would want is that of a NFL replacement ref. And let’s face the facts; most of these guys were way over their heads when it came down to calling the professional game.
There surely was quite an uproar over the interception/touchdown call, depending on how you viewed it. My take on it, the Packers shouldn’t have put themselves in a position to let a referee decide their fate.
Of course, I didn’t like the call and complained about it a little bit but not to the point where I was ready to declare war.
Somebody mentioned to me that if the public and media could only get this passionate about something much more important, like the federal deficit, maybe things would get done in this country.
The “call” and many more like it seemed to speed up the negotiation process between the NFL and the referee’s union. It was just a few days later and a deal was signed and the good refs were back.
Of course, it didn’t take long for me to shake my head in another bonehead call that went against Green Bay Sunday.
Saints return man, Darren Sproles, appeared to fumble a kickoff, which looked to be recovered by Green Bay. The refs ruled he was down by contact and didn’t fumble. And of course, Green Bay already blew their one challenge earlier on what I thought was a wasted challenge.
Replays showed that Sproles clearly fumbled but in the NFL, unlike college football, replay calls don’t come down from the booth, except for maybe late in the game. I’m not entirely clear on the replay system.
Fortunate for Green Bay fans, the blown fumble call didn’t cost them another game. And for a few minutes I was appreciating the guys in stripes being back. That honeymoon is so over!