GTFOHWTBS: Seattle Seahawks Steal Victory; Coach Claims Victory Legitimate
If you stayed up to watch the conclusion of Monday Night Football last night, call the police. You witnessed a robbery. In what is hands down the worst call of the season by the NFL replacement officials, turned what should have been a game ending interception or (at worst) an incomplete pass, into a touchdown, giving the Seattle Seahawks a controversial victory over the Green Bay Packers. For those who missed the action, it went a little like this:
[Seahawks quarterback] Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to [Seahawks wide receiver]Golden Tate on the final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when both teams were brought back on the field for the extra point.
Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It was ruled on the field as a touchdown and, after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott came out from under the hood and announced, “The ruling on the field stands,” and CenturyLink Field erupted in celebration.
Now obviously, the result of the game was a crock of sh*t and the discussion about how bad the replacement officials have been this season will continue. At the start of the season, I felt that the referees were getting a bad rap and should be given more time to prove themselves. Unfortunately, they have gotten worse, not better, as the season has moved along. At this point, there is no questioning that they are in over their heads. The referees have not performed well and the call last night was horrible. Okay, now that we’re done with that, lets move on.
Perhaps what has become lost in the discussion about the referees is the manner in which two individuals on the Seahawks side of things behaved at the end of the game. Those individuals are Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and the man involved in the controversial play, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate. Both acted as if 1) they had won the SuperBowl and 2) the touchdown was legitimate. At the conclusion of the game, Tate was seen running to the stands and screaming to the Seahawks fans that he “did it for them.” At the post-game press conference, Carroll had the gall to say the following: “From what I understood from the officials, it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call.”
GTFOHWTBS!! Someone please inform Tate and Carroll that they STOLE THE GAME! Someone please inform these two jokers that Tate not only didn’t have possession of the ball, he even ADMITTED it when asked about it in the postgame. Obviously, Carroll will take a victory anyway he can get it, but to stand up and act like his team legitimately won the game is an absolute joke and it makes Carroll a joke as well. Tate was actually involved in the play and for him to behave as though he legitimately caught a touchdown is just plain laughable. It appears that there’s no high road being taken by this coach and player, but you know what they say…what goes around comes around. Enjoy your “victory”, Coach Carroll.