See anything out of the ordinary here? At first glance, the photo you see above looks like that of a standard college football field ready for some action. Upon further examination, you might notice the fact that the grounds crew at the University of Minnesota, Crookston painted the school’s logo on the 45-yard line. Those of you who have watched football before know that it’s a bit more traditional for logos to be placed on the 50-yard line, so everything is nice and symmetrical.
Hey, these things happen. It’s nothing a little paint remover can’t fix. At the end of the day, no game-day screwup is going to be quite as bad as this high school football banner.
Green Bay TV station pokes fun at NFL replacement refs with their “Replacement Weather Guy”
Corny, but it gets the point across. The disheveled necktie, the glasses, the mannerisms, the comedic timing all remind me of a young Jerry Lewis, minus the popularity amongst the French. Speaking of France, a few more calls like the one in Monday night’s debacle and it may be the only place the replacement refs will be able to find work when the real refs finally come back.
Rangers lose in 10th. It always seems like a bad omen when Feldmen starts.
Lance Easley hits club in Fresno night after blowing call in MNF game (First Photo)
Lance Easley joined the ranks of the most infamous officials in sports when he signaled touchdown on a Hail Mary pass by the Seahawks to end “Monday Night Football,” leading to one of the biggest officiating debacles in NFL history. And how did Easley respond to becoming one of the most notorious — and in many cases despised — referees of all time? By hitting up a club the very next night?
George Takata, the sports director at KPGE CBS 47 in Fresno, reported on Twitter early Wednesday morning that Easley was out at Club Habanos — a bar/club in Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday night. Takata even tweeted the tri-pane photo you see above. He says the middle photo was sent to him by one of his friends, and it is of Easley at the club Tuesday night.
In an incredible irony, Takata’s friend, whose face we blurred out, happened to be wearing a Green Bay Packers shirt — the very team Easley’s awful call victimized.
USA Today reported on Tuesday that Easley is a longtime Southern California high school and junior college official. They say Easley attended the Stars and Stripes Academy for Football Officials in Salt Lake City, Utah, over the summer, and that the staff determined he wasn’t ready to officiate Division I college football games. Easley reportedly has never refereed college football games higher than the Division III level.
If you were concerned that Easley might go into hiding after his notorious moment, it looks like you were wrong. Apparently the man is embracing his newfound fame.
Thanks for reading the blog. Going in for shoulder surgery this morning, will be back in the saddle tomorrow. Until then, I will leave you in the capable hands of Mr. Will. Have a great Hump Day!