A night that was supposed to go down in history as one of the greatest regular season finshes ever has been clouded in drama and controversy. Everywhere you turned on Tuesday morning was a debate over the final play of last night’s thrilling victory (or is it, say the so-called experts) over Green Bay. It was inescapable; even non-sports fans didn’t hear the end of it. And there we are as Seahawks fans in the middle of it, not sure whether we should be proud of that victory last night. After hearing all the national criticism and people saying we shouldn’t be proud being 2-1, I’m here to say that I fully disagree and I think you as Seahawk fans should too. There are three things I’ve heard in particular that have continued to bug me (I’m sure you too). Here is what they said, and why they are wrong.
- “The replacement officials were to blame for the Green Bay’s loss.”
The rage goes on about how the real NFL officials need to replace their replacements; that I strongly agree with. What disgusts me is the argument that the final call was “bad” purely because it was made by replacement officials. Who is to say that the call would have been correct had those officials been the regular NFL ones? There is no way anyone can say that, and those who do are likely in the wrong. How many times in previous seasons do you as fans jump up and scream at the TV on a Sunday afternoon, clamoring at a bad call made during the game? I’m willing to bet plenty of times. Bad calls are part of the game, and many times the Seahawks are on the tail-end of the call. Super Bowl 40, anyone? Take this fortunate call and run with it (although in my opinion, it’s arguable that it was fair to begin with!).
My point is that you can’t put the blame about the outcome of the game solely on the replacement officials. You win a game by playing out the entire 60 minutes, not just 59 minutes and 48 seconds of it. I’m not going to sit here and argue whether it was a catch or not either; that debate would be endless. What I will say, is that it was a hard call to make in real-time. Sure, everyone can sit back on their TV’s or laptops and dissect the play to see what was correct. But in real-time? It’s a totally different ballgame. That catch happened so quickly that anyone could have gotten the call wrong, professional or not. Even if it was a bad call, mistakes happen and it’s football. Time to move on, it’s a big-boy sport is it not?
- “Seattle was handed a victory by the Packers and the referees.”
The conversation about who caught the ball was controversial. The quote about us being “handed” the win is not; it’s dead wrong. On a night where the hawks played their hearts out in front of a national audience, nothing was just given to them. Garnering 8 sacks in one half is not a “gift” they were given, they earned it! Holding Green Bay’s offense, one of the most potent ones in the league, to just 12 points? That’s not something that was “handed” to them (not to mention it might have been under 12 if there was no blatant pass-interference call on Kam Chancellor on their lone touchdown drive, but that’s besides the point). The final call itself was not “handed” to us either. We put ourselves in position for that call to happen. We kept the game close enough for a game-winning drive, drove down the field on that drive to set up that final throw, and Golden Tate fought for the ball and put the officials in position to have to make the call. Any of those components missing, and we’d have a completely different conversation. We put ourselves in position to win that game; no one else did that for us. The predicament the officials were in at the end was just a result of what we did to put them in that situation. The final play is not necessarily something we should be overjoyed about, but the team that we saw on the field last night? Impressive, be happy that you have them.
- “Golden Tate is full of ** too. Saying he should have caught that is embarrassing! ** jokers!” –Josh Sitton, Packers Guard
I just find this quote funny. Coming from a tough offensive lineman makes it hilarious. Imagine you are Golden Tate for a moment. The game is on the line, you leap for a jump ball, and then you come down with it simultaneously with another player. You both have possession (yes, they BOTH did indeed have some possession when they hit the ground), although the other guy might have just a bit more. You have two options: Hold onto the ball and try to win possession, or let go of the ball and tell the official “Oh darn, he had a bit more of the ball than me. He won fair and square.” Which would you choose? THE FIRST ONE, OF COURSE! What kind of competitor, teammate, and athlete would you be if you chose the second?! I find it funny that Sitton would even tweet about something like this. Would Sitton have done the same as Tate if he were in the same predicament? Heck yeah he would have. I find it astonishing.
My point here is that we should be proud of the team we saw out there last night, as well as their victory. They competed, they played through the whistle, and they deserved to win. Both teams did, but we were in the right position at the right time. There is nothing shameful in finishing with 8 sacks and holding THE Green Bay Packers and their MVP quarterback to 12 points. I hope you agree with me; but whether you do or not, the fact of the matter is the Seahawks are 2-1 and they hope to improve to 3-1 this Sunday. It is time to move on, go Seahawks.
What kills me is that our local media is staying saying it was a bad call and it should have been an interception. I am talking about the guys on KJR. I saw the still shots and slo-mo video from the back of the end zone that shows Tate actually had more possesion when hitting the ground. The still shot shows Tate with both hands on the ball with both feet on the ground while Jennings feet were both still in the air. That is possession for the receiver, PERIOD! What the ref saw was two players come down with the ball. The receiver was on his back with the ball against his chest while the defender was ferociously trying to tear the ball away from him. Why would he not call that a catch? The country cannot accept the fact that the Seahawks are a force and that the darling Packers got their asses kicked for 60 minutes.
I gotta say though, the funniest rhetoric is definately the shit coming out of the mouths of Green Bays O-line. Those sorry bitches should really keep their mouths shut or people might start to question them about sacrificing their quarterback to the Seahawks sack gods!
@marshall21 Good that you took time to reply and express your observations. I have watched that final play several times myself. You've certainly have a point! And as far as the Seahawks being or not being a "force to be reckoned with": yes, some folks overlook them, but several sports analysts have picked them as "a force to be reckoned with." They were a great team–the better team that night, and for me, i hope they continue on the road to success. They deserved the win that night. Why? For me as i pointed out, Jennings of the Packers blew it big time. He should have never tried to intercept the ball; he most definitely should have tried to knock or bat the ball away. Which as i also pointed out, is a defensive football fundamental. Jennings goofed, and Tate took advantage of that gaffe. Kudos to Tate and the Seahawks. For me, it was their win; I like them!
With the arousal that the play caused around the nation, especially amongst Packer fans, the catch should be called the Ejaculate Reception (when spoken the name should rime with immaculate reception). The story did reach a state of full climax in the national sports media. I was afraid a couple of reporters were going to ejaculate right on camera. I guess they finally had something controversial to report, and the call went against the Packers.
If the situation was reversed, and the Packers got the call, there would be little fanfare.
Well... here's where I stand. I think that last call could go either way. No doubt that there was P.I. before the jump ball and that the D had 'more possession" but they were both wrapped up on it by the time they hit the ground. It would have been a really hard call in real time... maybe impossible. Hell, it's tough when you watch it in slo-mo.
The seahawks fought like hell yesterday and I'm proud of the defense... don't know where the hell the offense was!?
That being said the entire game was one of the worst officiated before that last call. I'd love to see a bad call (and non-call) montage of that game....
Anyway, we're 2-1, I can say I was at one of the most contested MNF games ever... and I'm really excited for the rams game! GO Hawks!