NFL fans are up in arms after replacement referees -- filling in during the NFL's labor dispute with regular officials -- made a controversial call on the final play of Monday night's Seattle Seahawks victory over the Green Bay Packers, following weeks of criticism that the new refs were too inexperienced to officiate professional football.
After Monday night's referees credited Seattle quarterback's hail-mary pass with a touchdown -- though it looked like an interception Packers' M.D. Jennings -- furious fans, players and football analysts took to Twitter to express their frustrations with the NFL and it's new officials [WARNING: Expletives ahead].
Packers guard T.J. Lang weighed in with a comment that got more than 77,000 retweets:
Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
Here's what Packers tight end Brandon Bostick had to say:
No Comment— Brandon Bostick (@Bostick11) September 25, 2012
Prolific Olympics commentator and actor Samuel L. Jackson:
Okay, TOTALLY TIME for theCheap Assed Owners to PONY UP!! These refs are in Over their heads!!! OBVIOUSLY!!!— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 25, 2012
I simply just LOVE the NFL to much to see these mistakes. I'm sick like I just played for the Packers— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 25, 2012
Hey, Roger Goodell: Bring back the zebras and send out the clowns espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/s…— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) September 25, 2012
Naturally, web parodies mocking the replacement refs' incompetence have begun to emerge.
Via sports entertainment channel, The NOC, the following take on Flo Rida's hit "Whistle" calls the replacement refs "scabs," and hits them with lines like "My last real job was as a line cook, for a Division III high school."
Here's the chorus:
I just bought a whistle baby, whistle baby, let me ref Girl I don't know the rules except they tell me how to dress I just wave my arms around and then I throw my flag I just bought a whistle baby, whistle baby... I'm a scab
Though you probably spent your summer watching countless "Call Me Maybe" parodies, this one has a relevant news peg. Minneapolis radio station KFAN FM 100.3 first aired this spin on the replacement ref scandal.
Written and performed by Seth Haake, the parody takes the point of view of one of the unfortunate newbie refs:
"Hey I just met you, that play was crazy. What's his number, I'll call it maybe," Haake sings.
Here's video of the actual play and resulting chaos: