Golden Tate hangs with Seahawks-Packers replacement referee
Well Packers fans, you’ll be thrilled to know that Lance Easley, the replacement ref who made a mockery of the sport by giving Tate that touchdown, is now enjoying his bit of celebrity around Seattle. He even took a smiling picture signaling touchdown with Tate at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, which he umpired. Fun, right? Lawyer Milloy took a picture and posted it to Instagram of Easley giving the TD signal with a huge smile on his face. BustedCoverage.com had many pictures from around the Internet of Easley mugging for pictures with Seahawks players and fans. We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon. So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl?
Oct. 21, 1956: Packers Rout Rams, 42 to 17; Howton Tops Hutson’s Mark
<img src='http://media.jrn.com/images/660*495/howton+howton.jpg' width='200px' alt='Rookie wide receiver Billy Howton, right, meets Packers personnel director Jack Vainisi at the Green Bay airport in 1952.
‘ style=’float:left;padding:5px’ />
4. It took only eight plays and a Ram holding penalty to do it. The penalty gave the Packers another break after a third down pass was incomplete. The payoff was Rotes 14 yard bullet to Knafelc, who cut perfectly in the end zone. Cone booted for the fourth time and the Packers led, 28-10. NFLALL-TIMERECEIVINGYARDS:SINGLEGAME 1. 336 Flipper Anderson, Los Angeles Rams, 1989 2. 309 Stephone Paige, Kansas City Chiefs, 1985 3. 303 Jim Benton, Cleveland Rams, 1945 4. 302 Cloyce Box, Detroit Lions, 1950 5. 291 Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2000 6.
Packers Second Year Projections: Casey Hayward Aims to Be More of a Playmaker
You probably do: it was kind of a big deal and basically the tipping point for ending the referee lockout . Tate’s catch is certainly in the past, but that doesn’t mean that Packers fans still don’t feel a sting when they see something like Tate and former replacement ref Lance Easley hanging out at Richard Sherman ‘s softball game, reminding everyone about that time Green bay got hosed: This pic comes to us from Lawyer Milloy on Instagram ( via For The Win ) … Lawyer Milloy (@LawyerMilloy) July 7, 2013 And it sounds like this wasn’t just a one-off picture, but more of a giant joke that Sherman and company played amongst themselves. Russell Wilson , who threw the Hail Mary (Fail Mary?) pass, Clay Matthews Jersey was in on the fun as well. Touchception ref with a questionable “safe” call on a ball at first. Russell Wilson argues, throws hat, throws base, all in jest. Seattle Sportsnet (@alexSSN) July 7, 2013 It’s a lot easier to joke about this now because both the Seahawks and the Packers made the playoffs, even if the ref might’ve ended up costing Aaron Rodgers and Co. homefield advantage against the 49ers . (Not that any amount of frozen tundra was going to stop the Packers from spinning in circles trying to keep Colin Kaepernick in check.) And, of course, it’s a lot easier to joke about it when you’re the Seahawks and the catch helped propel you to victory.
Hayward has been getting rave reviews this off-season, and head coach Mike McCarthy believes Hayward’s natural abilities will propel him to more production in 2013 . You can just see he’s very comfortable out there (with) his instincts and his route recognition. He had a couple routes he jumped today. I look for him to be a much better player in year two. Casey Hayward is just a natural football player. He is exceptional in that it comes very natural to him. He’s very fluid in everything he does, hand-eye coordination, and excellent hands. If the Packers defense can produce an improved pass rush in front of Hayward with the addition of a healthy Nick Perry and rookie defensive end Datone Jones , and combine that with improved play from the young safety group behind him, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hayward threatens to record double digit interceptions this fall. It’s a lofty goal, but I believe Hayward has shown enough natural ability as a ball-hawking defensive back in his rookie season that he will only improve after a full off-season of drills and film study.