Replacement refs skewered by players, President Obama

Replacement refs skewered by players, President Obama

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on September 25, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 5:01 PM

DALLAS — Everyone was waiting for replacement officials to be involved in a huge controversial call and it finally happened on Monday Night Football.

Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate got credit for a touchdown catch as safety M.D. Jennings was also clinging to the ball. League rules say that under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to the offensive player.

"I played through, for God one, and for my team," Tate said. When asked if he pushed off, Tate replied, "I don't know what you're talking about."

"You ask Tate to take a lie detector test and ask him did he catch that ball or did MD call that ball," Jennings said. "MD caught that ball."

On his Tuesday radio show, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he did not even see the play. Jones was asked if he feels the anger from the fans as he supports replacement officials.

"I don't know the idea of support here, we're very much working to get this resolved and will continue to work to get it resolved," Jones said.

“Jerry Jones' reaction saying, 'well I didn't even see it' and you think about the league backing the decision, we can all see was ridiculous," says Mike Greenberg from ESPN's Mike and Mike Show. "It really goes to show you that these are people who do not embarrass easily."

The NFL backed the replacement officials with the following statement:

"Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of the touchdown stood.

The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review. The result of the game is final."

"What you basically have is a crew of seven rookies," says former NFL official Gerry Austin. "The NFL would never put seven rookies on a crew with a regular official."

On Twitter. former Cowboys quarterback and analyst Troy Aikman said, "These games are a joke."

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III even posted Roger Goodell's office phone number.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said "I would love to see what my reaction would be if a Mavs game ended like #MNF."

The president of the United States even weighed in by saying "NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon," signed BO.

The owners and the locked out officials reportedly continued their negotiations Tuesday.

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