It was the perfect storm. Maybe even one in a million.
The first Monday Night Football game to have a winning touchdown occur as time expires? Check.
An outrageously bad call on a nationally televised game at the height of an already much criticized referee lockout. Of course!
One of the most ambiguous calls and reviews followed by 15 minutes of awkward post game coverage although the game wasn't technically over? Sure why not!
All under the watchful scowl/eye of one of the most notorious critics of bad officiating who just so happened to be announcing the game? Hard to believe, but yes!
All of this occurring in the 1 out of 16 games ESPN actually airs and one of the largest audience lead-ins to SportsCenter they have all year? You betcha!
As Monday Night Football wrapped, SportsCenter was like a well oiled relay team passing the baton from personality to personality, each of whom sprinted to add their personal flavor of context, bewilderment, and outrage. Apologies to anyone who worked on other highlights for that episode, as the entire show was wiped in favor of whatever crafty nickname we come up with for this incident? I'm throwing out the Seattle Screw Job but I'm not married to it.
SportsCenter did a pretty marvelous job throughout dealing with the fallout of what has to be one of the most flat out awful ends to a football game in NFL history. Watching it unfold in real time, I found myself in stitches watching the body language of those who had the tough task of articulating the outrage at what transpired under the shadow of an owner initiated referee lockout, while not going completely off the deep end. Below is a look at some of the funnier moments right after MNF.