Packers vs. Seahawks: As the shock of seeing two referees standing in front of each other signaling opposite calls wore off… As the shock of seeing the wrong call get accepted wore off… As the shock of a replay review confirming the wrong call wore off… We got to witness insult being added to injury.
Pete Carroll prancing around the field like a silly schoolgirl (apologies to schoolgirls everywhere). Russell Wilson spouting off about what a great win they had just “earned.” Golden Tate playing dumb. They’re all weasels.
I was kind of surprised that watching these guys show no class (or spine) bothered me more than even how the game ended.
Every NFL team has gotten screwed by the officials at some point. It happens. Of course, that’s why we have replay, right? To avoid those situations. But there are still humans watching the replay.
This is why I really try hard not to complain about referees. I never want to come off like a crybaby, I want to show more class than that. Conversely, if my team is given a gift from the referees, I try to be humble about it and have no problem admitting it or being apologetic to the other team’s fans. that doesn’t make me a great person, just a mature one, I guess. In the old days we would have called that “being a man,” but I’m enlightened enough now to know that’s sexist and unfair to women to categorize such behavior by sex. But I digress…
My real point here is I want to present to you the opposite of that phrase, namely “being a weasel.” Pete Carroll, Brandon Tate and Russel Wilson are weasels. Or at the very least, they acted like weasels last night:
“It’s a great moment for everybody. Thrilled for our kids, for our fans, what a great night for Monday Night football.
“For Him (Wilson) to make that play, for Golden to make that play, it’s kind of beyond words.” It’s a great moment for us.
“From what I understood from the officials it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call,”
We all know Pete Carroll. We all know what he did at USC, cheating and then bailing on his team before the crap hit the fan. So Carroll and his smirkiness after the game is no surprise. We really can’t expect him to be contrite. He is what he is.
“It feels great, obviously. The ultimate goal is to win. That’s all we care about.”
Great win and way to finish!
Once a Wisconsin favorite son, the bloom has come off the rose on this guy. Watching him on TV after the game repeatedly pretending (in a very unconvincing manner) that he and the Seahawks had just accomplished something great, was nauseating. There were a lot of things he could have said, lots of cliches he could have used to soften the blow of what he knew was an egregious decision and a fiasco of an ending to that game. He didn’t. He went with the “great win” story and is sticking to it. No spine – a newly found weasel.
” I just competed.”
When asked if he pushed off, “I don’t know what you’re talking about… I don’t know what your talking about.” (Twice for emphasis)
“We both had possession of it. I don’t even know the rule but I guess the tie goes to the receiver.”
Golden Tate just comes off as a punk. Nothing more, nothing less. Plus, he’s an NFL wide receiver and he doesn’t know that rule?
And yes, it seems TJ Lang agrees with me:
Speaking of spineless, where is Roger Goodell? The local sports radio station in NY is running a sarcastic contest today. Spot Roger Goodell and you win a prize. I mention Roger Goodell only because quite surprisingly, he actually has the authority to do something about last night. That’s not to say that it will ever happen, and at this point, I don’t even want it to happen. What’s done is done.
But it’s still rather interesting. This was tweeted last night by Alex Tallitsch, PR agent for Tom Crabtree. It actually says the Commissioner can investigate any unfair act that has a major effect on the result of the game, AND he has the authority to reverse the result. Read on:
The Commissioner has sole authority to investigate and to take appropriate disciplinary or corrective measures if any club action, nonparticipant interference, or emergency occurs in an NFL game which he deems so unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of a game.
Penalties for Unfair Acts
The Commissioner’s powers under this section (UNFAIR ACTS) include the imposition of monetary fines and draft choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred. In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the procedures specified above (“Procedures for Starting and Resuming Games” under EMERGENCIES). In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game videotape, and any other procedures he deems appropriate.
Again, I expect nothing to be done and am not looking for anything to be done about the result. Seahawks win, Packers lose. We move on to play the Saints.
The only thing I’d like to see is one of these guys above to come out today and say, “We caught a break at the end.” That’s all. That’s not asking for much, that’s not conceding defeat, not admitting you didn’t deserve it. Just, we got a bit lucky at the end.
Have a spine. Say it. Go ahead, I’m waiting…
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.