In the aftermath of the controversial touchdown call in last night’s Packers-Seahawks game that gave Seattle the win, a handful of Packers fans protested today outside Lambeau Field. They joined a growing chorus of fans around the country who are sick and tired of the NFL’s failure to reach an agreement with its regular officials.
“I’m disappointed with the integrity of the game,” Tyler Detke, 22, of Green Bay told the Green Bay Press Gazette as he held green and yellow signs along Lombardi Avenue in front of the stadium.
Detke, as well as millions of other fans, believes a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game was actually intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings and not caught by Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. But the officials called a touchdown, and after a long replay review, the on-field call was upheld.
Per the Press Gazette, Detke said he was upset with the way the game ended and went to a store to buy about 20 poster boards with family and friends. The group of four came to the stadium just after midnight with signs that read ‘WE WERE ROBBED IN SEATTLE’ and ‘Speechless IN Seattle.’
Several cars passing along Lombardi Avenue blared horns in support of the protestors.
“We’re trying to get the (original) refs back. With the refs that we have now, they’re not qualified to do the job like the other refs are. They’re high school and college officials,” said Seth Wagnitz, 24, of Green Bay, told the paper. “We really need the refs back because now it has cost us a game and that shouldn’t be happening.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted “These games are a joke,” while NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted “I simply just LOVE the NFL to much to see these mistakes. I’m sick like I just played for the Packers.”
Even Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has waged a bitter campaign against unions in his state, called for an end to the lockout. “After catch a few hours of sleep,” he tweeted, “the #Packers game is still just as painful.#Returntherealrefs.