NFL replacement referee controversy upsets local fansFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It was enough to make even Viking fans feel sorry for Green Bay. What looked like a Green Bay win over the Seattle Seahawks, was snatched away by another "suspect" call by replacement NFL officials.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It was enough to make even Viking fans feel sorry for Green Bay. What looked like a Green Bay win over the Seattle Seahawks, was snatched away by another "suspect" call by replacement NFL officials.
"The games final play, is a Wilson loft to the endzone "
It was a game ending Seattle hail Mary pass that looked to be an interception.
"who has it? Who'd they give it to? Touchdown!!"
Hunstad: "it was a tough night, It was a tough way to end the night"
David Hunstad has the feeling of many Packer Fans
Hunstad: "I was so cranked up I didn't sleep very well"
It's another questionable call be replacement refs in still young NFL season.
To have it be the refs fault of all things and then the booth, you know all of those factors just make it a terrible loss.
Rob Kyeneman: "I was Shocked when I saw the touchdown signal go up from one of the officials."
Rob Kyeneman has been a highs school ref for 22 years and organizes referees in the area and understands how difficult the replacements have it.
Kyeneman: "The problem is they haven't been to that level for that long, it's a different game, for one the speed of the game is astronomically fast which they are probably not used too."
Currently NFL official make about $150,000 a year and for many of them it's just a second part time job. The main labor dispute right now stems over retirement plans, the league would like to change them to more of a 401-K style plan form there current pension plan
Kyeneman: "The best ones in the world are locked out right now and they need to be getting back to work."
And if more controversial calls continue this packer fan may have a growing sentiment.
Hunstad: "I'm trying to organize a little boycott of the NFL until we get the real refs back."
Local high School referees make between 50 and 60 dollars per game, and have to buy there own equipment.