You know the game has reached epic proportions when the President of the United States weighs in. "It took the team that Vince Lombardi built, playing in a 'Monday Night Football' headliner, to put the NFL's latest labor headache — locked-out officials and their struggling, under-fire replacements — front and center for the nation," according to the Associated Press. "Even President Barack Obama, a Bears fan slogging through a re-election campaign, weighed in Tuesday, saying, 'We've got to get our refs back.'" The pressure is on the NFL to come to an agreement with the referees' union, but what effect will it have? That's anyone's guess.
More on Barack Obama comes from Packer Report.
The NFL upheld the ruling made on the field from Monday Night's game. "The NFL on Tuesday stood by its beleaguered replacement refs and their decision to award Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate the winning touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers in front of a disbelieving national television audience," writes Bob Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An official statement released by the NFL said that the result of the game was final. It is unrealistic to expect the NFL to overturn the outcome of the game, but most fans would probably be happy if the NFL came to an agreement with the referees instead.
On his weekly radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee, quarterback Aaron Rodgers apologized to fans and took a dig at the NFL. “First of all, I’ve got to do something that the NFL is not going to do, and I have to apologize to the fans," Rodgers is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "Our sport is generated, the multi-billion machine, is generated by people who pay good money to come watch us play. And the product on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control." Rodgers got his point across very clearly and handled the situation about as well as could be expected given the circumstances.
More on Aaron Rodgers comes from the Associated Press.
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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