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Alan Rode – arode@socal.rr.com

I thought the officiating in last night’s GB-Atlanta game was an embarrassment to the profession. The pick play call on Marcellus Bennett was clearly incorrect and changed the entire course of the game. The later call on a similar play which cost GB a touchdown was marginal at best. When Mike McCarthy demanded an explanation, he was apparently ignored which triggered a meltdown and an unsportsmanlike conduct call. When a similar situation occurred against New England and Tom Brady, the officials working the game listened to the argument and picked up the flag. Does one have to be a New England Patriot to get a fair hearing about a bad call? It is indeed unfortunate when an official inserts himself into the game and compounds the problem with an arrogant response. The baseless charges of NFL officials playing home town favorites invariably occurs when a game is so ineptly officiated as it was last night in Atlanta.

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