“Get It Right, Roger!” Campaign

“The Inaccurate Reception” or “Fail Mary”?

No matter how you label it: On Monday Night Football, playing against the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers were robbed.

It is difficult to imagine more indisputable evidence that it was the Green Bay Packers, not the Seattle Seahawks, who had possession of the football in the end zone on the final play of the Week 3 Monday Night Football game.

It is difficult to imagine more indisputable evidence that it was the Green Bay Packers, not the Seattle Seahawks, who had possession of the football in the end zone on the final play of the Week 3 Monday Night Football game.

As time expired, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a desperation pass into a crowded end zone. A cluster of players went up for the ball and Packers safety M.D. Jennings got his hands on it. In what is arguably one of the worst calls in the history of the NFL, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, who managed to get a single arm between Jennings and the ball, was awarded simultaneous possession — and with it, the a game-winning touchdown — despite indisputable visual evidence showing that in fact the Packers had in fact intercepted the ball.

The storm of outrage, not just from Packers fans but from fans around the league, was instantaneous. Fans, reporters, and athletes alike took to social media sites, press conferences, and radio and television interviews to blast the decision, calling for an end to the replacement officials. Several days later, the NFL came out with a tersely worded statement in which the league backed up the call on the field and said no further action would be taken.

Moral imperative

How can we sit idly by and allow the NFL to foist upon us the blatant injustice that was this primetime debacle?How can we let this catastrophe become just another game that will live in infamy? How can we relegate this flagrant assault on the integrity of the game be reduced to a mere footnote in history?

Should the decision by replacement officials to gift the Seahawks with seven points and an unearned victory be allowed to stand?

The wisdom of the ages responds with a resounding no!

This will not stand, Man.–Jeff Lebowski

You’ve got to confront ignorance and stupidity anywhere and everywhere you find it . . . otherwise,”they” start thinking it’s “OK.” – Gallagher

Ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. — 2 Corinthians 11:19

To begin each show, I like to do one thing that is impossible . . . so, now I’m going to suck this piano into my lungs. – Steve Martin

Give me a place to stand [a fulcrum, and a lever long enough] and I will move the world. – Archimedes

You get three ants together, they can’t do dick. You get 300 million of them, they can build a cathedral. – Annie Savoy

Do or do not. There is no try. – Yoda

For our part, we will not go quietly into the night or gladly suffer the fools who perpetrated, enabled, and then whitewashed the result in the Seahawks win over the Packers. We are of the conviction that Val Kilmer’s character in Real Genius was right:

“It’s a moral imperative” . . .

. . . that we do something. Anything. Now.

Let’s begin with a few self-evident truths no longer subject to intelligent debate:

  1. The replacement officials committed a serious of staggeringly bad errors in the last 8 or 9 minutes of The Game.
  2. Regardless of what happened before, the last play of The Game irrevocably determined the outcome.
  3. The last play of The Game was botched in at least two ways:
    1. Replay demonstrated, and the NFL itself has admitted, that wide receiver Golden Tate committed offensive pass interference in an effort to gain competitive advantage and that it should have been flagged. This infraction should have ended the game with a Packers win. Tate recently admitted this, himself.
    2. Reply demonstrated, and Tate has admitted, the catch was not simultaneous and that, therefore, the ruling should have been interception.

What then shall we do?

So what, if anything, should be done?

The NFL has issued a statement regarding the finality of the game. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, among others, has analyzed this official response and concluded it is nothing more than a classic whitewash with little basis in reality. A copout. Period.

Former coach Steve Mariucci has on NFL Network and concluded that the call was utterly wrong.

How, then, can it be over?

In the immortal words of Bluto Blutarsky: “Nothing is over until we say it’s over.”

We believe it is a moral imperative that we do anything and everything we can to right the grievous wrong foisted upon football fans everywhere by the NFL, Roger Goodell, the replacement officials, and the NFL Whitewash Department (aka the officials who reviewed the last play of “The Game” on instant replay and the officials who whitewashed the review of the instant replay review).

Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 states, in part:

The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which he deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game [emphasis added].

In other words, Roger Goodell has the power to overturn the decisions of the game officials, the reviewing officials, and the clowns who issued the NFL’s ridiculous statement effectively whitewashing the whole disastrous affair.

We believe the time has come to assail this injustice through any means available to us: snail mail, email, Twitter, Facebook, radio, television, and even this website. Social media affords us the opportunity to get our message out there faster than ever before. Within hours of this debacle, the obscenity-laden tirades of Green Bay Packers offensive linemen T.J. Lang netted him almost 90,000 new members. If one man could do so much, what could all of us working together in concert with these celebrities accomplish?

Now we could [fight these bastards] . . . with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires . . . [sports fans everywhere to speak with one voice]. – Otter in Animal House (adapted)

Through the wonders of modern communication, we can harness the power of likeminded fans, sympathetic NFL executives, sports journalists, former NFL players, active NFL players, and every element of the social media available to bring heavy public pressure to bear on the NFL, the Commissioner, and the owners to overturn the results of The Game.

Quixotic quest

We’re doomed. It’ll never work. – Eeyore

We are, of course, realists and are inclined to agree with the pessimistic donkey that the odds are stacked against us. We understand this could well be a futile quest.

But that is no reason not to try.

The benefits that will accrue from launching this campaign are legion. Here are just a few that occur us:

  • We will have lots of fun. Talk about an adrenaline rush!
  • We will be doing our part to raise awareness of fundamental, pervasive problems besetting the league and force the NFL to repair and protect the integrity of the sport.
  • We will be doing our duty to confront ignorance and stupidity.
  • We will satisfy our thirst for vengeance upon the Seahawks, their head coach, Russell Wilson (who blithely accepted the unjust result and repeatedly thanked God for it), and Golden Tate, who cheated, initially denied committing offensive pass interference, and later admitted the outcome was screwed up.

And the list goes on and on.

 

Master plan

Here are just a few ways can help overturn the grotesque miscarriage of justice that was the Seahawks/Packers game.

  1. Draft a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL, the NFL Referees Association, your favorite team, and anyone else you can think of. Express your outrage, laying out your case, and demand the Commissioner overturn the result in The Game. If you need some help getting started, download one of the sample letters from this site. Sign it verbatim or make it your own. Lick a stamp and send it by snail mail. Send it by email too while you’re at it. Here is an example of a formal complaint letter (click here to download in Microsoft Word format) you could send. Here is an example of a profane, obscene screed (click here for Word format) you might want to dash off. It might seem over the top and in-your-face offensive, but that’s the whole point. So was this call.
  2. Like our “Get It Right, Roger!” Campaign Facebook page, share it on your Timeline, and invite your friends to join. While you’re at it, Like the page too.
  3. Follow on Twitter. Retweet our updates. Follow too.
  4. Share links to this page with all your friends on Twitter. Be sure to use the #GetItRightRoger hashtag with every one of your tweets to help get this campaign trending on the front page. Don’t forget to target any athletes, commentators, reporters, and politicians you follow!
  5. Email your favorite sports reporters, local or national, to let them know what we’re doing. Write a letter to the editor. The more press we can get, the better.
  6. Send a letter or email to your state and federal legislators, your governor, even President Obama himself.
  7. Do anything else you can think of to make this go viral. Upload a YouTube rant referencing the campaign with a link to this site and the Facebook page.

Here is the personal contact information for Commissioner Roger Goodell:

Roger Goodell
Office of the Commissioner
NFL Enterprises, LLC
345 Park Ave
New York, NY 10154


212.450.2000

Go forth!

The very fact this is unprecedented should be all the more reason for us to press forward with this. If T.J. Lang could get tens of thousands of followers from a simple tweet, how much more could all of us working together get done?

Now you know what needs to be done. Let’s do it.