Aaron Rodgers used the terms “garbage” and “bull” to describe the NFL’s statement about the final call of the Green Bay Packers loss to the Seattle Seahawks on his radio show Tuesday.
He started the affair, which airs on WAUK-AM in Milwaukee, with a candid rant about the play that cost the Packers a win and the NFL’s seeming ambivalence toward it.
“Some stuff just needs to be said,” Rodgers said. “First of all, I’ve got to do something that the NFL is not going to do: I have to apologize to the fans. Our sport is a multi-billion dollar machine, generated by people who pay good money to come watch us play. The product on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control.”
“My thing is I just feel bad for the fans. They pay good money to watch this. The game is being tarnished by an NFL that obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished a little bit.”
Rodgers then went on to read the NFL’s statement, which supported the call on the field — simultaneous possession by Packers safety M.D. Jennings and Seattle receiver Golden Tate, which by rule awards the ball to the offensive player — and the subsequent decision by the replay official to uphold it.
In the statement, the NFL said the officials determined both players had possession of the ball.
“I call bull on that because they say ‘officials,'” Rodgers said. “No, there was zero communication between them, there was zero communication between the guy who was responsible for the phantom first-and-25 pass interference call on (Packers cornerback) Sam Shields and the other referee who was responsible for calling a offsetting personal foul against (Packers receiver) Greg Jennings for a one-handed pushing of (Seahawks cornerback) Brandon Browner, who’d just punched him and thrown him to the ground.
“Those two guys have zero communication, zero eye contact. One of them is signaling over his head, meaning the clock’s stopped, game’s over, I’m about to signal touchback. And the other, from who knows what angle as he’s looking at M.D. on top of Golden Tate, and he’s going to say that’s a catch by the receiver while M.D. has the ball to his chest, which is usually the association with simultaneous possession rule: Who has the ball on their chest first?”
“That’s garbage, obviously.”
Does that make it clear how Rodgers feels? Yeah, exactly the same way you and everyone else feels — robbed.
Well, except for whiny, pissant Vikings fans, but nobody cares about them.
You can listen to the full show here.
We are boycotting the NFL for the next 3 weeks…. ALL GAMES
I’d rather wake up in the morning in a North Korean death camp than wake up as a Viking fan. How do those assholes take themselves seriously?
How do Packers fans, in any remote way, justify claiming a victory last night?
Because it wasn’t a touchdown. Final score 12-7. Show me proof Tate got the ball, and I’ll gladly change my mind.
I’ve ,I already called my cable provider and cancelled my sports package. They asked why, and I told them until the quality of the NFL improves, I ain’t paying a penny. I asked the rep would he pay for bullshit tv, he apologized and told me to have a good day. I said, I can’t have a good day because I’ve been paying for bullshit for 3 damn weeks. Roger, you fucking owe me money!
I am going to stop watching NFL also, I am going to call the leage office and tell them this also. 1-212-450-2027. Some leage offical I’m sure has a extra 50k in their pocket.
I am a lifelong Seahawks fan and it was painful watching the way that game was officiated. I was so excited to see my team play against the Packers (my opinion, the best all-around team) in our stadium. I don’t think it was as simple as ‘one-bad’ call stealing the game, I thought there were a dozen bad calls in both directions that fundamentally changed the outcome. I honestly don’t know which team would have won the game if the regular refs had been there, and that is why it was so painful to watch. My hope now is that both teams make it to the playoffs and have a chance to meet again this post-season. Now that would make for an epic game that we in Seattle rarely get to participate in. Take heart, Packer fans. Here’s to hoping for a clean rematch!
Are the players able to band together and boycott? Dress for the game and just stand there not play a down? Or are they bound by the NFLPA to actually play, seems they could cite “safety” concerns as a valid reason. Who says they can not just walk through the plays.
Vikings fans aren’t the ones crying a river.
Vikings fans have been crying a river for the last 50 years! You guys never stop you’re whining! According to your fanbase, you’ve been robbed in EVERY play off game.
what kind of a doucher dog visits rival teams websites to make dickbag comments? Big losers with no hope of any fullfillement from their loser team who plays in a generic garbage baggie dome no less. Who is the only team in our division with zero NFL championships? The only one who has loser douche bag misfits visit this site. Fess up – you know who you are!!!!
I could care less about the loss it’s only week 4. GB is going to win a shitload more games this year. What I can’t stand are these viking pricks talking shit. Too bad minnishithole won’t win shit. Ever!