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NFL Replacement Refs Feel the Wrath of Twitter

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Published on Sep 25, 2012

NFL replacement referees are being called out again for incompetence after Monday night's Seahawks/Packers game. Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation last-second touchdown pass that clearly looked like an interception. One ref ruled it a touchdown, one did not, and the touchdown was upheld after a lengthy review in a decisive play that former NFL coach Jon Gruden called both "tragic" and "comical." He wasn't alone. Twitter exploded in a sea of outrage against the refs, summed up by Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman who tweeted: "These games are a joke."

The first three weeks of the NFL season have been marred by bad calls, as the NFL continues to lock out its regular refs in a labor dispute. The Associated Press notes that many see the chaos on the field as "substitute teacher syndrome": See how much you can get away with before the real thing returns.

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adjuster57
Simultaneous catch goes to the offense. Doesn't matter if the defender has 95% control and the receiver only 5%, it's a touchdown! The ONLY reason this is being blown WAY out of proportion is because the UNION refs were not doing the game. Well guess what? If the regular refs had been there, it would have still been ruled a touchdown. 
ghost rider
after further review the runner did not touch 2nd base TOUCHDOWN CELTICS. LMAO
zeldatrek
Yes it's a double post but it is that important.
zeldatrek
It is time for the players to move on not the fans. We need to speak up and act against the replacement refs to put pressure against the 31 owners and Commissioner Goodell. If these bad calls continue it WILL lead to an even worse situation. Have you not noticed these games all around the league are getting out of control. These games are increasing in malice and bad behavior and no team is innocent of said statement. That is it going to take people like U 2 realize that. Paralyzation/DEATH?
WILLIAM HADLEY
I SAY, NO REAL REFS....NO FOOTBALL...PERIOD !!! 
Emanny Russell
Touchdown Celtics? Isn't that a NBA team.
ant sz
Boohoo yada yada, get ready for the next game. Also if the Packers had scored more points there would be no controversy
CO2Junkie
Touchdown Celtics!
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