"Fail Mary" ref gets picture with Golden Tate, writes book. Packer Nation supresses urge to vomit.
Time was, when you did something really wrong/bad/incorrect/embarrassing, you'd crawl into a hole and die, hoping that the tumult would soon pass and you could resume what could pas for a normal life.
Now, in the Death of Shame Era, you celebrate your folly. Enter the NFL replacement referee whose blown call last season cost the Green Bay Packers a victory in Seattle.
Lance Easley is his name, and shame apparently isn't part of his game. He not only posed with Seahawks wideout Golden Tate--the guy who caught the "Fail Mary" pass--but hammed it up with other players as well at a celebrity softball game.
Okay, I get it: it's Seattle, he's a hero there and it's for charity. But the link above says Easley is writing a book, "Making The Call", further cashing in on his 15 minutes of infamy. I'll bet Green Bay area Barnes & Noble stores are clearing shelves to make room for this weighty tome.
No one died because of Easley's gaffe--it was only a football game, but it did shape the postseason slate. Most importantly, it prompted the NFL and striking refs to get off their collective rumps and settle their labor dispute before the game lost any more of its rapidly dwindling credibility.
For that, Easley deserves mention in the league's history. What he shouldn't get is a victory lap celebrating one of the NFL's lowest moments.