Posted September 27, 2012

TMZ: Replacement official says he got Green Bay-Seattle catch call right

NFL

Replacement official Lance Easley said he got call right. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

The NFL replacement official — side judge Lance Easley — who made the controversial touchdown call on Golden Tate’s simultaneous catch in Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks game told TMZ he got the call right.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Easley said.

He says strongly … the Packers player who allegedly intercepted the ball never had singular possession because, “You have to not only have the ball but have either 2 feet or a body part on the ground, and that never happened.”

Easley says this was clearly a case of simultaneous possession — meaning the catch goes to the offensive player –  adding, “Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call.”

According to the Santa Maria Times, Easley normally officiated “high school and (junior college) games” (both football and basketball) in California’s Central Coast area prior to what will likely be the last game of his short and infamous NFL career.


244 comments
its419
its419

Except he's wrong. The NFL didn't address the catch, because it should have been offensive pass interference before any attempt to catch the ball was made. The NFL didn't have to go any further in their review, but the rules are extremely clear in this case.

 

MD Jennings had sole control of the football before Tate got one of his hands on it. It's not possible to "subsequently" achieve joint possession. Ultimately, it doesn't matter how many hands end up on the football, if you are the first one to touch it, and you land with control, you possessed the football.

 

There's a reason Easley is unemployed this week, and it's because he missed a clear interception.

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

If only Steve Sabol were still with us.  i can see the nfl films Worst Officiating show...the tuck rule, the 5th down in college...jim joyce calling a runner safe costing armando galarraga a perfect game in mlb (of course he saw that he made a really bad call and apologized...)  yes these aren't nfl examples, but all relative to the conversation...

therednorth1
therednorth1

Given that Seattle experienced the Seahawks-Steelers Super Bowl, when Seattle was robbed by poor officiating and everyone called them a bunch of whiners, I don't think Seattle really cares that they won this relatively meaningless game through poor officiating.

Dave26
Dave26

WOW ! This guy really believes he made the right call ?? Would you hire this dummy to ref anything ?? Can't believe no one knocked his ass out in that game .

RCH
RCH

Well he's a hero in Seattle - sounds like a movie - so he has gotten his 15 minutes. Can any other replacement official say that!?

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

I don't know how you can rule that both had it when the offensive guy was behind the interceptor with one hand on the ball but it's over, neither team is my team, and everyone thinks their right. :)

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

Honestly, this whole conversation is why i love this game.  Doesn't get much better than this in my book...of course, it doesn't really take much to make me happy...  

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

when the raiders and patriots were playing in the afc championship game some years ago...in a blizzard...brady was hit, and he fumbled.  the raiders recovered the ball.  turns out that the officials said that his arm was somehow moving forward, therefore making it an incomplete pass.  that was a bad call by these so called "good" referees, in a situation that not only decided the outcome of the game, but decided which team would win the conference and represent the afc in the superbowl.  bad calls are a part of the game.  some perceive that the correct call was made in that instance, some don't...same as now.  i can't say it enough...if you let the outcome of the game rest on the last play of the game, and it comes to this, it's your own fault.  

Michael39
Michael39

He has been unfairly criticized.  ESPN was out of control with their ranting that night.  They had an agenda and smeared this man to accomplish it.

 

It was a judgment call that, despite their hindsight denials, the regular officials might easily have made.  At real speed, from his angle, it looks like simultaneous possession.  Why was it not overturned?  That is the real question that got buried in ESPN's agenda driven coverage.

 

The booth officials were not scabs.  They are the same guys who will be reviewing plays this weekend.  They upheld the call and ESPN had managed to keep anyone from talking about that fact.  If they couldn't review it, that is a rule problem.  If they reviewed it with the benefit of slow motion and ruled it correct and deemed it the correct call, why is Easley the only one gettint his name dragged through the mud?

 

ESPN's reaction was as bad as the overall quality of officiating from the replacements. 

BillyReeves
BillyReeves

Did he make the right call??? The lockout ended around 48 hours after he made that call!!! Enough said!!

larry.naeyaert
larry.naeyaert

Of course he insists that he made the right call.  I would be surprised if he thought otherwise.  That doesn't mean he's right. Tate never had *any* possession much less simultaneous possession.  

 

Go back to Foot Locker where you belong.

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

funny though, that if the packers end up missing the playoffs by one game, they'll blame it on this one.  not one of the other losses they'll accumulate through the course of the season.  say, if they lose a game to chicago by 35-10, for example, that won't be the mistake.  they'll blame the monday night game from the 3rd week of the season.  every team this year is going to lose a game.  whether it was "handed" to them or not.  they shouldn't have let it go down to the last play.  the packers should have been able to handle the seahawks, but they were a little over confident, and obviously didn't practice hard enough through the week.  accept your own mistakes which were made numerously throughout the game, learn from them and don't let it come down to a "win and you're in" scenario.  i saw a catch, others saw an interception.  we're humans, like the referees.  "Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing...the result." -Vince Lombardi.  goes for the players on the o-line who gave up 8 sacks in the first half, goes for the dropped passes, all of the penalties, and also for the referees.  time to move on and not let it go to the last play of the game.  jennings should have knocked it down anyways.

ah64driver41
ah64driver41

Except the guy standing next to you who waved it off as an interception and touchback.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

OK where do we start with this numb nuts. The NFL said he missed Tate's pass Interference which would have nullified any TD call even if Tate and the guy he pushed out of the scene were alone. This Yahoo couldn't have seen in real time what millions saw in slo-mo, that is that the GB defender had posession with two hands, Tate didn't touch the pigskin until that man came back to earth wherein Tate placed one arm on the ball in secure posession of the GB defender. This jerko was evaluated by a former NFL ref (Richans?) running a Salt Lake City based refereeing school who stated: 1) Lance baby was not ready to be working at the Div 1 level the game was too fast for Lancey. 2) He would advised Lance-baby to refuse an y offer for a one time only work in the NFL, as he would invariably fail. 3) Lanass made a mistake on the call according to this former NFL ref and owner of an NFL recognized ref school having the mistaken Idea that a catch by an offensive player and a defensive player would be given to the offensive player. The NFL doesn't have such a rule. No one has described this as a simultaneous catch by the two players. 4) this BOA blind banker, has thank heaven screwed himself out of working above the high school level by claiming to have made the correct call when anyone with ref'ing experience, the NFL, Ref school operators who know him stated definitely that Lancoo made a bad call and had not the ability to work college, let alone NFL games.

sanjosedave
sanjosedave

What an idiot. After he committed pass interference, the receiver wrapped his arms around the defender, who had the ball held to his chest,...one hand at a time. Simultaneous catch my arse. Your story might be plausible if it wasn't filmed and watched by tens of millions. BTW... why are you still here talking? Buh-Bye. Terrible call, but thank you ex-Zebra for helping to fix my football. I might be pissed later if the Seahawks win the West because of the game that you awarded them, but for now...you can relish in the fact that your total incompetence led to an important resolution...Now take your fifteen minutes of fame and go climb under a rock. Referees aren't supposed to be noticed and talked about. 

DouglasClevenger
DouglasClevenger

I should add it was clearly offensive pass interference on the play. But, if you are hanging your hopes on an offensive pass interference call on a Hail Mary pass as time expires, your problems are much deeper than the replacement refs. When is the last time a regular ref made such a call?

DeanCaudill
DeanCaudill

If the refs had flagged Tate for pass interference, shoving a defensive player out of the way then establishing his position, all of this arguing, endless replaying would be unnecessary. It's a mute point after the infraction.  The Packers should of won on that point alone.  

DouglasClevenger
DouglasClevenger

In their haste to accomplish their objective of getting the regular refs back in the game, many sports commentators and journalists seized upon the final play of the Packers-Seahawks game as an example of how compromised the integrity of the game had become. Good objective, bad example. The replacement ref got it right. And, even though those calling the telecast and those doing the post-game analysis put the rule regarding "simultaneous" vs. "prior" "possession" and "control", not one of the journalists/commentators endeavored to define these terms they way the NFL rulebook defines them. In the end, what was most clear to those familiar with the rules, was that the journalists/commentators didn't know enough to support the "reporting" they were doing. You can't establilsh prior possession while you are airborne, however firm and exclusive your grip may be on the ball. By the time the defender could establish possession, the offensive player had also established it. The replacement ref got it right. It seems little to ask all of the journalists/commentators who thought and said otherwise to do some homework and admit it. Regular refs with ignorant commentators doesn't cut it either.  

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

i would highly recommend that you scroll down to gino_arcaro's link below and give it a look.  kind of biased toward md jennings, but still a pretty insightful read.  i personally don't agree with some of the contents, but that's the beauty of it all.  

RCH
RCH

I should add that he's also a villain in GB but so what he's still (in)famous there.

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @Jed Jeddak yep.  being a bengals fan for the last 30 or so odd years, i know all about disappointments and crappy calls.  many a game has been lost on the last posession, or on a bad call...kind of became accustomed to it.  

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @nathanlax93

 I'd love the game more if they'd go back to leather helmets and limited protection..... :)

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @nathanlax93

 So anything goes if the game is close at the end and a ref makes a bad call. Dumb team should of been farther ahead! :)

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @Michael39

 Espy covered that point to death as well. I know because I was bored enough at the time to set there and watch most of the day.

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @BillyReeves but, but...according to the referees association and the nfl, that call didn't have anything to do with them ending the lockout!  wtf ever...  personally, it would have been controversial either way it was called...the proverbial "catch 22"  if you will.  i believe it was a catch...don't like either team, just like football.  it it were overturned, they would have been criticized by some for that...it was a no win situation for these referees...

TS
TS

I have to agree with Packer fans. This loss may affect their playoff hopes....along with the other 9 or 10 losses to come. At least they have a built in excuse. Hey, they've won more championship games than any, er ......

Let's move on.

Michael39
Michael39

 @ah64driver41

 You mean the guy who couldn't even see Tate because of the Packer defenders between him and the play?

 

It was a judgment call and it could easily have happened with regular refs.  The replacements were just awful, but this particular call was blown out of proportion by an ESPN crew with an agenda.

DouglasClevenger
DouglasClevenger

 @Cougarblue

 While we're critiquing the ref ad nauseum, why does Jennings get off scott free? From pop warner on up...at every level of play, a DB is taught to do what in that scenario? KNOCK THE BALL STRAIGHT DOWN. Had he just done that, the game is over!!! Why try to pad the stats with a meaningless interception? My Chargers lost a trip to the super-bowl when a DB intercepted Brady near the end of the game and instead of taking a knew so they could run out the clock, he tried to run it back and fumbled. Pats recovered and scored to win the game. Stupid...

DeanCaudill
DeanCaudill

 @DouglasClevenger You're right on that.  I should of stated: If the refs had the balls........an infraction is an infraction no matter when it's committed. There was gonna be chaos no matter which way it went.  Too bad the replacement refs incompetence ended up costing a team a win.  

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

@DouglasClevenger That makes two of you, I know a good eye guy that will do the eye tests for a flat $25, if you get the RX for glasses filled at his location. You and Lancey know better than the NFL and the retired NFL ref who said Lance-booboo was incapable of working at the Div 1 level, let's not even mention the NFL. But you know better ah corumba

rg3overrated
rg3overrated

 @nathanlax93  @Jed Jeddak You can play should-have's, could-have's all day, but the reality is, that if the players would have stepped up and played better then you wouldn't have to rely on one 'so-called' bad call. There are no excuses to losing and winning, just bad playing.

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @nathanlax93

Same for us Chiefs fans. Thank heavens for Hank Stram and the Chiefs in superbowl 4. (I'm a bit dazed today trying to think back that far even if I remember the game like it was yesterday). :)

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @Jed Jeddak if you're the packers?  absolutely.  all of the missed opportunities to blow this thing up before the 3rd quarter...of course, then there wouldn't be anything to talk about.  

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @TS

 Packers haven't been the same since my Chiefs gave them their only loss last year and showed the rest of the nfl their weaknesses.

dominictarabochia
dominictarabochia

Wait why was the ball even in the seahawks hands?  Didn't Green Bay have the ball with under 2 min on the clock? Why didn't they just get a first down and run out the clock? 

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

@DeanCaudill @DouglasClevenger It's exciting, cool, adding a sense of romanticism to the game of football, BUT the highest standard of assurity should be given a "sucessful" Hail Mary/Heil Lancee pass at any level of football. No question. Mr. Magoo

DouglasClevenger
DouglasClevenger

 @Cougarblue  @DouglasClevenger

 Regarding the retired refs comments...don't you think there is at least the possibiity that the politics of the labor dispute is playing into this a bit? Yes, I could see the difference between the regulars and the replacements. But, I think the case was a bit overblown. Remember the Holy Roller? Regular refs blow calls regularly too. What do you expect the retired refs to say about the replacements? "Hey, they doing pretty good"?????

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @Gino_Arcaro  @Jed Jeddak very good point...but i have had these examples actually happen to me, and even though i was innocent, i had to pay the fines...  reeeeaaallly sucked...big time...  Bad calls, missed calls, oversights...whatever you want to call them, happens every week, in every game.  i would appreciate if anybody can give me a link to a "perfectly" officiated game.  have a funny feeling that it's gonna take a while for this research.  but still...loved the link.  i would recommend that a lot of people on this thread read it.  whichever opinion they might have.

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @nathanlax93

 I'll take your word for it. I didn't see that game but I've seen the final touchdown a couple of thousand times. :)

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @Jed Jeddak and if barney bussey had intercepted that darn ball in superbowl 23 instead of letting joe montana have another shot at it...darn 49ers anyway...  sigh....

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @Gino_Arcaro  @Jed Jeddak read it...like it.  but it's something that we all have to just sit back and accept.  and the players are making millions, by the way...i just have to buy a bottle of tums each time i watch a game...

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @nathanlax93

 Well second guessing is a popular sport regulated by replacement guessers. :)

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @Jed Jeddak or blame it on somebody else when they lose...by all means, don't accept responsibility for blowing you assignments...blame the quarterback for not throwing the ball away when your assignment was to stop the person who just hammered him.  or for throwing the ball a little behind you, even though you get both hands on the ball.....and it was dropped.  that's all i'm saying.  

Jed Jeddak
Jed Jeddak

 @nathanlax93

 True. I just get tired of that saying. It's like no matter how well you play two evenly matched teams tend to play a close game and it all goes out the window due to a fluke and someone says it's their fault for not being farther ahead.

nathanlax93
nathanlax93

 @DouglasClevenger  @Cougarblue i'm not fit to be the ceo of the business at which i currently work, but if they're gonna give me the pay, and the opportunity, i'm going to take it.  you can't fault a division III referee for wanting to take the opportunity.  the fault lies with the referees association and the nfl for letting it get to this point.  and it's all about $$$.  tell you something that people forget...the players still get paid if they lose.  yeah.  they want to win the superbowl, but if a team loses all 16 games like the lions did a few years ago, their bank account still gets nice and fat.