But it's high drama and people will still tune in.
fair point that
But it's high drama and people will still tune in.
Strike while the iron is hot!
The NFL loves this. Casual football fans will be tuning in at record levels just to watch the train wreck. All about the Benjamins baby!
turned a moderately entertaining game into one of the most entertaining...things...i've seen in a while. that "thing" just wasn't football
Hahaha, I completely agree. Watching the train wreck on SportsCenter after is priceless. The NFL is better than your average dramedy right now.
I like to think that "dramedy" is not what the NFL is going for.
I know that seems so clearly an interception... but don't count on change coming soon.
If you recall during the last World Cup in South Africa, the ball went across the line and was seen by about 1 billion people but wasn't called a goal, which is simpler than even this decision and yet years later, there is still no procedure in place.
The referees who are working this game - are they regular college referees? Are the usual Big Ten referees already committed? I heard on talk radio that these were from a lower tier but wondered if anyone knew.
If they ever hope to move up to the NFL don't want to be scabs.
They're not even the better D3 refs. These jobs are a career-ending move; the better small-college officials hope for eventual advancement and weren't interested.
Didn't give up 9 sacks. They were bad but so were both offenses
Why the fuck is Russell Wilson on during the highlights on ESPN? This is the least subtle job of spin control by the NFL I've ever seen. Goddell is drunk with power and is doing his best job to kill the NFL. Tonight is a perfect example of why the NFL is nothing but background noise at this point. It's just become a huge fucking joke with the owners and commissioner choking the life out of the game. It's not even fun anymore.
McCarthy is handling this admirably. I'd love to see Rex Ryan or Jim Harbaugh handle this situation.
If I got paid that much rather than blowing $10k on a watch I'd rather spend it on calling the refereeing a disgrace.
Was at the Ravens game last night and thought that was the worst group of officials ever.......then BOOM tonight happens! If Ravens were cheated like Packers were the streets of Baltimore would not be a safe place to be and that's saying a lot considering our crime rate! Packers were flat out robbed...sad couple days for the NFL.
are the real refs from d2 and d3, then imagine how bad their replacement refs are!
The Sunbelt refs from the Alamo Bowl are now....
The guy is a tyrant who only knows how to alienate people, not how to get anyone to get along. He drives a wedge between everyone--the players, the owners, the officials--and the league will suffer for it.
It is Goodell, but I think you're on the right track. He does think he's GODdell. With the recent rule changes, divisive mood, and refereeing problems, the NFL isn't smooth sailing.
I used to be able to enjoy NFL games, but the league is slowly changing into some sort of NBA-hybrid; more scoring, more superstars, more music, more explosions, more noice, more passing, more made-up drama, more strippers (I mean "cheerleaders"), less defense, less character, less tradition, less substance, less analysis, less meaning.
As the name makes clear I have a dog in this fight but I don't think I have ever seen that kind of cascade of inexplicable calls. From "roughing the passer" to OPI 1 to OPI 2 to the int/td. I almost feel bad for these guys, they are supposed to be reffing high school and they can't be expected to do this, but man, that was brutal.
I'm a bit upset that the inexplicable int/td call is getting all the press. It's important people realize that every call in the last five minutes was blown. But man, if I'm the head on the real referees union, I am feeling good right now. Goodell will be on the phone with them within the hour offering them everything they want and more.
Whoops. One post for each time the Packers got screwed on the last play.
One ref signals touchdown the other starts to indicate int by waving both hands.
As I see the replay, the ref who signals TD is looking at the other ref, thinks he's going to signal TD, and raises his own hands. No communication.
The refs are fine. Next question.
but i wish this had happened to a different team, only because mccarthy stayed way too classy.
had this been harbaugh, rex ryan, bb, or almost any other coach...the entertainment for the night would only just be starting.
if they're gonna make this a soap opera, then queme los barcos!!
This is a great point. The league is actually very lucky that this happened to a team coached by McCarthy, who seems to hold not losing his cool higher than almost any other emotion. Imagine if this was Harbaugh...
But still you have players tweeting "Fuck the NFL," creating hashtags like "#RogerGoodellSucks," and facetiously suggesting wildcat strikes. Goodell's managed to call the entire league into disrepute, and yet he'll still continue to fine and suspend players for conduct he determines to damage the NFL. He's done the worst thing a commissioner can do, he's become the story. He's going to get booed worse than Gary Bettman anytime he appears at a stadium.
Goodell has a long way to go to play as big a joke on the NFL as the Phoenix Coyotes.
2-3 more weeks, tops. If this continues, all holy hell is going to break loose in the media, and the NFL will cave. We can't be having half a dozen dumpster fires all over the league every Sunday afternoon.
Maybe ill just stream games to my cpu and hook up the HDMI cable. Take that Goodell! /s (?).
And half those posts were about the refs. Wonder if that's the attention Goodell is going for.
but i wouldn't be surprised if ratings get a boost
I guess this is the, bad press is good press idea.
the league officials union just gained more
fact this season of the show "leverage" is taking place in seattle makes this comment heeeeelarious to me. thank you!
I'm not so sure they have. People can point to blown calls and whatnot, but at the end of the day, all this is doing is raising TV viewership for the NFL. If that's a normal game, nobody's talking about it today, even though it's "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBAWWW".
But now? You've got everybody clicking on stories about it, everyone's gonna be watching future games to see what might happen, writing about it. And all of that has the good fortune of pushing concussions and Bountygate right off the Radar and away from Goodell. As long as a league is playing games, there's no such thing as bad press.
Yeah it means Goodell is a dick, and the integrity of the NFL will be watered down, but they're probably gonna make even more money, and that's all that's really important for them
Wishing injuries on someone is always the classy way to go. I'm sure you would be cool with people hoping you had an injury that threatened your ability to make a living.
Piece of overrated shit.
But the line "Wilson threw the first game winning interception in history" is classic.
And Golden Tate back to back lines "I play for God" then to the question did you push off "I don't know what you're talking about" x2. His god apparently likes liars.
He also said, he just went in the endzone and competed. After that Rick Riley said, "I guess competing is cheating."
Tate has it coming for his cheap shot on Sean Lee and bragging about it afterwards and now this.
In other news....
I'm a fan of football but have never liked the NFL, mostly because it's incredibly boring, But i hate Green Bay enough to think this is hilarious. It really couldn't have happened to a more deserving fan base.
...let's forget the refs for a sec: What happened tonight was a textbook example of why you go for the knockdown and not the interception when defending against a hailmary. If that Packers defender had done what he had been taught, these sorry excuses for refs wouldn't have had the chance to blow the call.
Just tip it in a crowd and you end up tipping it to the other team like the Lions yesterday. Or 2 days ago now.
So if you had a chance to move up in your field of employment, make some more money and maybe provide a better life for your family you wouldn't be interested?
They're the best the NFL can find. Whether they're up to standard or not is another story, but these guys are humans put into an impossible position. You can criticize the calls without being a dick about the person making the calls.