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Packers Daily Links: Goodell on Monday's Blown Call: "That's the Beauty of Sports"

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Packers Daily Links: Goodell on Monday's Blown Call: "That's the Beauty of Sports"

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in a press conference announcing the deal the NFL came to with the officials' association, made a comment that didn't sit well with fans of the Green Bay Packers. In response to Monday night's blown call, Goodell said, "That's the beauty of sports and the beauty of officiating. There are controversial calls and people see them differently. I understand that. That's the beauty of sports (as cited in ESPN.com's NFC North blog)." When calls are blatantly missed, that's not beautiful. Goodell also said he didn't think Monday's game was a breaking point in negotiations with the referees, which came off as insincere. As a result, his apology didn't hold much water in Green Bay.

More on Roger Goodell comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Mike Vandermause in a column, JSOnline and Fox Sports.

Packers president Mark Murphy also gave a statement on Thursday regarding the NFL referees. "I wanted to just say, I decided not until this point to speak publicly really out of respect for and concern for the sensitivity of the bargaining process," Murphy is quoted as saying at JSOnline. "I didn’t want to influence that in any way. I have over the last couple of days talked to several people in the league office, including Roger (Goodell)." Murphy has been criticized not so much for what he said, but what he did not say. He did not take questions from the media and didn't adequately address or criticize Monday's blown call or the NFL, which some were looking to see from the highest-ranking person in the Packers organization.

Players also reacted to the return of the NFL officials. “I never thought I’d be at this point in my career, where I’d be looking forward to talking about referees,” defensive lineman B.J. Raji is quoted as saying by Zach Heilprin of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I think it’s a good day. I guess with what transpired last Monday, this is really the only positive way, as far as that situation, to move on. I’m excited, I guess, to get them back.”

More player reaction comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JSOnline, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Packer Report, Fox 11 and Packers official website.

Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga spoke to the media after his subpar game on Monday in which the Packers gave up eight sacks, and to his credit, didn't make any excuses. "Well, when I turned it (the tape) on, it was just frustrating to see," Bulaga is quoted as saying by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I don't even know what I was thinking. I just didn't play my game. Kind of let him dictate a few rushes and that's what happens. When you don't do your thing out there, you let them get comfortable." The Packers had a similar poor performance in 2009 in midseason at Tampa Bay, which was the impetus for their "Come to Jesus" meeting. Perhaps if there's a silver lining, maybe it's a good thing the eight-sack performance came in Week 3 and not midseason or later.

More on Bryan Bulaga and the Packers pass protection comes from the Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Packers official website, twice and Packer Report.

The shortcomings of the Packers offense are examined in an article by Tom Silverstein.

Practice reports come from PackersNews.com and ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Linebacker A.J. Hawk talks about getting a pass rush on Drew Brees with Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.

Ron Wolf, LeRoy Butler and Sterling Sharpe have been nominated for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Cedric Benson's fumble on Monday gets some attention from Pete Dougherty at PackersNews.com.

A game plan for the Packers is laid out by Bleacher Report NFC North blogger Andrew Garda.

The Packers and the Saints are in last place in their respective divisions, notes the Associated Press.

Comments made by Mike McCarthy on Thursday are provided at JSOnline.

Penalties are the focus of an article at Packer Report.

Taking a look at the Packers defense is an article published at ESPNMilwaukee.com.

Video: Larry McCarren talks about the NFL referees in a video from NBC 26 in Green Bay...

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 carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Evan's picture

This joke has been made by many people in the last few days, but the idea of Ed Hochuli coming out of the tunnel doing the Ray Lewis dance makes me laugh every time I think about it.

Tommyboy's picture

Oh man, I have not heard that one. Man, is that hilarious.

Lou's picture

My biggest surprise is not having the classiest officials from the past such as Jim Tunney call out Goodell for his ridiculous, spineless, and political statements on the debacle. Tunney was the Bart Starr and Stan Musial of officials and his words would have been considered the "final replay result".

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

I do not like the Rog. I do not like the Murph... Never have. He admitted he used to root for duh bears... Hated him ever since. He can leave.

GBP 4 LIFE

Bearmeat's picture

yep

2 share owner's picture

please explain

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

He admitted he used to root for duh bares... What don't you get?

Jamie's picture

Murphy handled this the right way. Voiced organization's opinion to the league office. Nothing to gain being a blowhard...see^^^?

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Lol, was that a dig Jamie?

Oppy's picture

Jamie, don't go being reasonable. People don't want to hear reasonable. They want the guy who represent the Packers to be a tough guy, no matter what the consequence.. Because ripping the Commish a new one in public might not do your organization any good- it might even hurt it- but it shows people you are bad ass, and that's exactly what Packers fans are- badd ass at all costs.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Lol. Go to bed Oppy.

I don't care if he's a tough guy. I just think "THE" prerequisite for the position should be: Never rooted for duh quears.

Is that so wrong? If so... Fuck off! There ya go jamy... A little blowhard for you. Lmfao

Tony's picture

Goodell's a major doucher.

PackersRS's picture

They're all playing it very, very badly. They don't know why they have what they have.

davyjones's picture

One can see "beauty" in a steaming dog turd if one looks close enough...but it still really smells bad.

Goodell continues to insult our intelligence by insisting to carry on this farce.

Jack's picture

Both Goodell and Murphy seem to be corporate types with ice water running through their veins. I've lost all respect for them.

dawg's picture

+1

Sure hope the OL shows up
on Sunday!

jack in jersey city's picture

mark murphy is spineless and tone deaf. he doesn't speak for me or any of the other packer fans that i know. this guy's not even a pimple on ron wolf's ass! and don't get me started on that asspie goodell!

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Yes.

jack in jersey city's picture

i actually meant bob harlan but y'all know what i'm saying!

Oppy's picture

I think all of the hate for Murphy is ridiculous and misplaced.

Just out of curiosity, exactly how would it be 'good' for the Packers organization to publicly lambast the NFL? What would it accomplish?

Here's a hint: not a god damned thing. Nothing good for the Packers can come from publicly attacking or nay-saying the powers that be.

I think it's great that so many people are so sure Harlan would be publicly blowing steam and spitting brimstone at the commissioner and the league while he was acting as the point man for the Packers... are you so sure? When do you remember Harlan taking jabs at the league while he was the guy?

I'm going to take plenty of heat for this, but grow up. It's not the wild west out there. It's big business. It's politics. And just because there wasn't some public display, doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of discussion and/or display of discontent in private.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

I don't like bare fans.

That. Is. All.

Oh... It would help if he had a sack though.

And possibly if he didn't look like Alfred FUCKING E. Newman, that would also be swell.

But mostly, just if he never rooted for duh bares.... That would be the bees knees.

Oppy's picture

There are probably many current Packers who used to be Bears fans (like Bryan Bulaga) and dozens of alumni that grew up Bears fans. Edgar Bennett went on to play for them, for the love of god. Lord forbid, there's probably just as many who actually rooted for the Vikings at one point in their life.

It's a silly thing in a professional sport environment to fault people for their leanings before taking their job as a professional.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Darth Vader infiltrating and leading the Jedi. That's all I'm saying... Makes perfect sense.

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