Dear Roger Goodell,
I am a long time football fan. I have been a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers since I moved to the United States at age seven. I have a foam cheese head. I stay up until 6 a.m. to watch games. since I live on another continent. I love everything about the NFL. Or at least I thought I did. But after my experience Monday night, I am very close to saying goodbye to the entire sport.
Mr. Goodell, I just went through the unpleasant experience of watching the worst-refereed game of any sport, amateur or professional, I have ever seen. The officials blew call after call throughout the game -- and literally blew the last call of the game, a call that every anouncer at the game not only felt should have gone the other way, but was sure would be reversed through the instant replay available to the referees. It was not.
The referees took the game from the rightful winners and handed it to the losers. They did so through a comedy of errors -- the roughing the passer call on the same play the Packers intercepted the ball, a play that should have essentially ended the game. The play only a few downs later when a terrible pass interference call gave the Seahawks near 40 yards. And the most blatant missed penalty of all, when on the final play, Golden Tate blatantly pushed a defender in the back, a clear pass interference, right in front of the referee, who moments later called a touchdown that should not have been. After this travesty of a game, I've come to the point where I feel that there is no point in watching football this season anymore. Not when there is a good chance the game will be decided by men in white and black stripes rather than the players on the field. Roger Goodell, settle with the refs. The replacement referees are ruining football. You now have the fans of your league's most storied franchise, the team with more fans outside their home city than any other team in the league, up in arms. And I'd imagine every rational football fan who saw what transpired last night falls on our side.
Thank you for ruining what should have been a fun Monday Night Football-watching experience with my father and uncle.
A very frustrated and fed up fan.