Packers stockholder waiting for lockout's end

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisc. (WEAU) - With much debate over officiating still circulating from Monday's Packers-Seahawks finish, bringing back the regular referees is in the hands of team owners, but Green Bay is in a unique position because of its public ownership.

Green Bay Packer fans and many throughout the country sounded off after a controversial call awarded the Seattle Seahawks a victory in the last play of Monday night's game.

"It was a very exciting game, very disappointed as far as the outcome of the game. The backup officials did blow the call, there's no doubt about it," Packers season ticket holder and stockholder Daryl Dehnke of Eau Claire said.

Many said the play should have been called an interception by the packers. Even the N.F.L. has said the Seahawks should have been penalized and the Packers would have won. That added fuel for many wanting to bring back the N.F.L.'s regular referees, who have been locked out in a dispute over pensions.

"Right now, they're really destroying the integrity of the football games. And a lot of people are very disappointed the way things are going, not only for the Packers, but a lot of the teams involved," Dehnke said.

Dehnke said it's time for the N.F.L. owners, who have a little more influence than himself, to make a deal with officials.

"Hopefully between the two sides, they both can give a little bit and kind of get this thing resolved."

Talking like a true member of the team, Dehnke said he is focused on what's next for the Green and Gold.

"This is water over the dam, what happened last night, we got another football game coming up on Sunday ...We gotta be up and at ‘em and be ready to play that football game. We can't cry over spilt milk."

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