Sports networks have been providing football fans that are cooped up in their homes with some classic content. From the New York Giants’ underdog victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, to the classic 2019 AFC Title Game between the Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs, football diehards got their taste of the game.
But for some weird reason, ESPN has opted to air the infamous “Fail Mary” game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks from 2012 on Monday evening.
In case you missed shitty officiating, tune in to ESPN tonight https://t.co/F9hWkR3CSi
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) May 4, 2020
Why would ESPN opt to air this abomination of a contest? Why open up these old wounds? Does ESPN hate football fans? Why are they doing this?!?
In case you didn’t have the “pleasure” of watching this game, we’ve got you covered. During the first couple of weeks of the 2012 season, the NFL had replacement referees officiating games, due to a labor dispute with the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA). That turned out to be a terrible idea in hindsight.
The Packers held a 12-7 lead over the Seahawks late in the fourth quarter. On the final play of the game, quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass into the end zone with the hope of one of his receivers catching it. As it turns out, Golden Tate got his hands on the ball…at the same time as Packers defensive back MD Jennings. That resulted in one ref calling for a touchdown, with the other declaring it a touchback. But, the Seahawks were granted the touchdown due to making the simultaneous catch, and “earned” the W.
The Fail Mary was one of the most laughably bad officiating moments in the history of sport. Stop. https://t.co/Ki5ia0JBTO
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) May 4, 2020
To make matters worse, video replay showed that Tate shoved Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields in the back with both hands during the play, a clear offensive pass interference penalty that should’ve given the Packers the win. Yet, the referees missed the call during review, and gave Seattle the victory.
Fantasy matchups and bets were ruined as a result of this bumbling officiating crew. In fact, commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFLRA agreed to terms on a new labor agreement shortly after this disaster of a game.
It was the call heard around the world ?
Relive the Fail Mary tonight at 8 PM ET on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/g6sRCkZpXF
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 4, 2020
So, if you want to get angry on your couch like you were eight years ago, then by all means tune in to ESPN to watch this game!