The White House weighed in on the blown call that cost the Green Bay Packers the football game last night against the Seattle Super Hawks. Via the pool report, from aboard Air Force One:
Carney ... was eager to weigh in on an issue he called a “pressing matter,” “astounding” and “very distressing” -- the end of the Packers-Seahawks game.
Carney said he had talked to the president this morning about it. Carney noted that the president had discussed the issue last week in an interview with a Cleveland radio station and “as a sports fan he thought it was time to get back to the regular refs. This morning I talked to him about the end of the Packers-Seahawks game and he said that what happened in that game is a perfect example of why both sides need to come together, resolve their differences so that the regular refs can get back on the field and we can start focusing on a game that so many of us love rather than debating whether of not a game is won or lost because of a bad call.
He thinks there were real problems with the call.
NEW YORK -- The furor over the work of replacement officials reached a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, especially Monday night when Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation pass that many thought was an interception.
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown on the final play after a scrum on the ground in the end zone. Packers safety M.D. Jennings appeared to catch the ball against his body, with Tate getting his arm around the ball.
After a few seconds, one official indicated a stoppage of play, but another signaled touchdown for a conclusion that former NFL coach Jon Gruden, working the game for ESPN's "Monday Night Football," called "tragic" and "comical."