You've seen the reactions of various NFL players to last night's refereeing disaster in Seattle, but the reaction I most looked forward to hearing was the Packers radio call. It's safe to say no NFL team has ever lost a game in more bizarre circumstances. Thankfully, we have the full audio of last night's final play, review, and fallout from Packers broadcasters Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren. It's as amazed, disgusted, astonished, and dumbfounded as you would imagine.
Before the review, things seem somewhat normal considering the frantic nature of the play and the initial call. Where Larrivee and McCarren really lose it is after the call is held up via instant replay. They rightfully call it a disgrace and say the NFL should be ashamed. Actually, considering what transpired in Seattle and the extreme nature of this screw job, I'd say the extended call is actually fairly reserved... especially when ESPN's Jon Gruden was threatening to jump out of the booth before the game ending Hail Mary!
@awfulannouncing imagine how awesome it would've been if that was baseball and Hawk was making the call. #dagumit
Here's my take on "That Call" as it'll apparently go down.
It was a horrible call, however...we've seen the "real" refs make the same types of horrible calls in games in the past. And we will see them again when they inevitably return. And aside from this call, I'm concerned that people are starting to also center on a bad pass interference call that was/wasn't made. As if pass interfence isn't already poorly handled by regular officials.
The kinds of blown calls that concern me aren't poorly handled judgement calls (or blown reviews, something again that Hochuli and Co. are quite guilty of as well) it's the lack of fundamental football knowledge that these replacements have demonstrated.
These guys have been running games since the preseason, where we saw them give teams the wrong number of timeouts, forget how many men are allowed on the field, announce the wrong team...every single time, as well as walk off incorrect yardage on penalties.
Screw botching a confusing interception/reception call. I've seen that before. How about forgetting to blow the whistle on a dead play, leading to an offensive player taking an unneccesary hit? How about walking off an extra 10 yards on a penalty, drastically impacting a drive. Or how about the debacle from the Vikings/Niners game when they forgot how many timeouts the Niners had?
So while we can gnash our teeth all day long about That Call last night, can we at least not pretend that THIS is the reason the real officials need to come back?
@JThurnshow @awfulannouncing: Audio: Listen to the Packers radio call as last night's insane MNF ending transpired. http://t.co/qOceo1oh