Packers Fans Call for National Boycott of NFL
Fed up with blown calls, a group of football fans is urging others to stop watching games for five days.
Fed up with the inconsistent quality of replacement referee and blown calls, a group of football fans are calling for a five-day boycott of the NFL.
Organized by several Racine County residents, the boycott would run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 to cover the fourth week of the season.
The fans say their patience was already thin with the bad officiating, but the final call at the end of the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game was the ruling that spurred them to action.
Brian Dey and Eddie Willing, both of Caledonia, issued a statement that said: "The union contract negotiations have been mishandled for several seasons, and this is the worst, at the hands of (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell."
Even Gov. Scott Walker weighed in on the controversy, putting a #Returntherealrefs hashtag at the end of a tweet.
Not surprisingly, Packers players were unhappy with that final call, too. Greg Jennings and T.J. Lang both took to Twitter to express themselves.
From Jennings: "#NFL C'MON MAN! Can't even be upset anymore. All I can do is laugh. Laugh at the #NFL for allowing America's game to come this. WOW!"
Lang posted an expletive and then this, "Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed."
To get Goodell and the referees to come to their senses, Dey and Willing want all football fans to boycott the NFL in totality:
We call for a national boycott of the NFL, all games, every channel, each team for one week, to protest the utter disgrace of officiating being tolerated by the NFL on behalf of the replacement refs, at the cost of respect for a cherished game by fans everywhere."
According to NFL.com, the league on Tuesday will review the call that gave Seattle the controversial win.
Fellow football fans can find more details about the boycott by going to the event's Facebook page. Fans can also follow along on Twitter with hashtag #nflboycott.