Ah, replacement referees. Remember those first few weeks of the
2012 NFL season? When rules were confused, calls were botched, and
coaches looked absolutely fed up with the NFL because the league’s
regular referees were demanding a raise?
Arguably the most controversial call made during the brief but
impactful Replacement Ref Era was The Immaculate Touchception that
gave Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks a game-winning touchdown
over the Green Bay Packers that looked suspiciously like, well, an
The play was the NFL’s worst nightmare, as it appeared on Monday
Night Football and the backlash against replacement referees was
already reaching absurd levels.
Just about the only people that weren’t upset about the call
were the Seahawks players and fans. Golden Tate, in particular,
benefited from the call, as he came away with a Hail Mary touchdown
that will be shown on NFL Network for years.
So when Seahawks CB Richard Sherman put on a Celebrity Softball
Tournament, who did he hire to officiate the game? Replacement
referee Lance Easley, who famously called Tate’s “catch” against
the Packers a touchdown.
Lawyer Milloy, who most recently played for the Seahawks, posted
the above picture of Tate and Easley on his Instagram with the
caption “Golden Tate standing with the #replacementref that still
says TD! #nfl #seattle #seahawks.”
It’s nice that the Seahawks can have fun about this now, but I
doubt any Packers players will be hiring Easley for anything