As most of us have seen on Twitter, Facebook, ESPN, and the like, there is a lot of outrage over an apparent blown call that may have cost the Green Bay Packers a game. There has been a lot of talk in Wisconsin about protests and the "integrity of the game."
I have to say I agree with the sentiment, it is frustrating when you cannot depend on the officials to make a correct call to ensure that victory stays with who rightly deserves the win. After the jump, I will support this argument further.
I know this will shock some people, but this is not the first time an apparent blown call has cost a team a victory they may have had with a proper ruling.
I present examples from two past games where officials handed a victory to a team that had not earned it:
Vikings vs. Packers - October 25, 2010. The link explains in greater detail, but Packers TE Andrew Quarless was awarded a touchdown he should not have had, and Visanthe Shiancoe had a touchdown taken away that he should have had, both of these after booth reviews. If correctly ruled, this game becomes a 10 point victory for the Vikings over the Packers.
Vikings vs. Packers - December 8, 2002. The link mentions repeated failures of officials to make the correct calls. In this game, officials made NINE incorrect calls against the Vikings, which happened to coincide with the Packers erasing a double digit fourth quarter deficit.
For some reason, I can't recall hearing about the outrage, protests, profanity-laced tirades from Players on Twitter, and talk about "integrity of the game" from the Packers faithful after these two games. For the life of me, I can't figure out why this is. They have shown such great concern for the integrity of the game and for officials making the right calls, but after these two games, the silence you heard was Lambeau Field.
Maybe this is a simple understanding. Maybe I just missed the protests in Lambeau after these two games. Is anyone out there able to offer some sort of enlightenment on this issue?