On Monday night, arguably the worst call in NFL history was made when the replacement refs called a touchdown for the Seahawks against the Packers in the last seconds of the game.
Now, Green Bay guard T.J. Lang is on his to making history of his own by having the most retweets in the history of Twitter, TwitSprout blog said.
It’s safe to say that Lang wasn’t happy about the way the game was officiated. When he left the field, he took to the mini-blog and wrote:
“Got f*cked by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl,” which garnered 66,888 retweets as of Tuesday evening.
An hour later, his next tweet reportedly became the most retweeted post on Twitter:
“F*ck it NFL ... Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”
The post was retweeted 86,851 times by Tuesday evening.
He rounded out his trio of ranting tweets against the refs' calls with, “Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.” That tweet had 22, 254 retweets.
That’s more than 175,000 retweets in less than a day. TwitSprout wrote that right now, the “fine me” tweet is the third most re-tweeted post of all time, behind only Floyd Maywether calling out Manny Pacquiao, and Justin Bieber's tribute to LMFAO.
But the Packers and their fans aren’t the only ones upset with the officials. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wrote:
“I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight’s debacle hurts me greatly. This is NOT the league we’re supposed to represent.”
Even the NFL Players' Association has decided to take action as a result of the refs' calls and wrote an open letter to the NFL saying that they must let the regular refs back into the game.
The Daily Mail quoted the letter as saying:
“Your decision to lock out officials with more than 1,500 years of collective NFL experience has led to a deterioration of order, safety and integrity. This affirmative decision has not only resulted in poor calls, missed calls and bad game management, but the combination of those deficiencies will only continue to jeopardize player health and safety and the integrity of the game that has taken decades to build.”
ESPN’s commenters have tried to remain silent about the refs and their calls, but Monday night was too much for them to keep cloistered about.
“We don't want to talk about the officials, trust us,' ESPN's Mike Tirico said. “But it's affecting the game. When we meet with teams and coordinators, frustration boils out into limited on-the-record statements. Off the record, what guys are saying -- it's a nightmare. It is impacting the game.
“It hasn't burned a team to cost them a playoff spot yet. But you should go back and watch the film. There are so many little things that players are getting away with that is absolutely impacting the game to the detriment of the product.”
It’s safe to say that the only ones who are probably happy about this debacle are the old refs.