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12:14AM

A deep embarrassment for the NFL

That was the worst thing I've ever seen in NFL history, and I've been a fan since 1968.  

Goodell has made this season a farce.

He should be ashamed for ripping off the fans and forcing so many good people to lie on the NFL's behalf.

Almost painful to watch an honorable guy, Russell Wilson, have to explain his game-winning interception toss.

Classy move by Packers to send 11 back out for PAT.  My team is bigger than that awful game.

Reader Comments (4)

Well I have been a fan since the 1958 Colts-Giants Championship game and I have never seen anything like this. It is very obvious that the Commissioner and the owners have decided that we are all a bunch of dopes and that we will keep watching no matter what. After all, we sit through the same stupid beer commercials all Sunday afternoon and never complain. I have nightmares about pickup trucks and fast food and those are products I can remember after all the mind numbing advertisements that expand a 60 minute game into 3 hours of potential brain damage.

We fans are having our noses rubbed in the dirt that the owners scrub off their shoes when they enter the sky boxes. We are being insulted and "punked."

And this is after I have had time to cool down. It's a damn disgrace.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTed O'Connor

As a fellow Packers fan I share your pain

I can't say I was surprised it was called that way


The strike must end


or the NFL must own its decisions and go to full scale booth officiating

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

As a Packer fan and a football fan I cannot believe this was allowed to happen. Unfortunately this will go down in history as just a "bad decision" and no matter how angry we may be all
football fans will continue to buy tickets for games and continue to watch them on TV.
Goodell and the NFL know this. There is no integrity within this system. The honorable sport
has been reduced to a wrestling match. Sylvia

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia O'Malley

I'm no Packers fan, but have been a fan of football from high school to college to the NFL, since I was in high school. What I witnessed Monday night was a disgrace to the game of football in all its iterations. I've seen numerous games this season turn on bad calls, atrocious calls, multiple atrocious calls in a single game, but this was definitely the worst, the most egregious.

An obvious interception in the end zone by a defender, that was then called a touchdown for the opposing team. As unconscionable in the NFL as it would have been unconscionable in peewee league football.

From what I understand, the impasse hinges primarily upon the NFL's insistence that the officials accept a 401(k) plan which will replace their guaranteed pension plans that call for a specific amount of contribution from the league, and this will take effect retroactively for all those who are about to retire and those who are already retired. So instead of their pensions being untouchable and supported, they will now be subject to the whims of market forces. And as all of those who have 401(k)s that have lost half their value or more in the last economic downturn, that doesn't have much appeal for the elderly who are retired or are about to retire, or anybody who works for a living as far as I can tell. Since anyone in this position could easily find themselves with virtually nothing in their retirement account, should someone make some bad investment decisions on their behalf. It also allows those in control of pension funds to gamble with that money, and then profit off those gambles, while the retirees bear the preponderance of the risk.

From what I understand, the referees have already offered a concession that would basically provide 401(k)s for newly hired referees, and the guaranteed pension plan would only extend to current retirees and those current employees that would be grandfathered in. That sounds more than reasonable to me, yet the league will not budge.

Someone correct me if I don't have the facts straight here.

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAaron B. Brown

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