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Comedians ridicule NFL over botched call

Posted by Leonard Neslin  September 26, 2012 08:58 AM

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The NFL replacement referees' game-ending controversial call on Monday Night Football that gave the Seahawks a victory over the Packers has taken the Internet by storm. Popular comedians have followed along, dissing the replacement referees left and right.

The Green Bay NBC affiliate used a replacement weather guy to retaliate the call against them and promoted it with #replacementweatherguy on Twitter. The fake forecast called for -200 degree weather at 7 a.m. and heated up to 346 degrees by noon. The video shows the real forecast afterward.

Jay Leno opened his show Tuesday night by touching on the replacement refs. His team inserted fake Seahawks players hoisting a referee on their shoulders in the video of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's postgame interview.



Jimmy Kimmel Live produced a feature called, "Are you smarter than a replacement referee?" A person from the show took to the streets with a fake video replay booth and asked pedestrians to make the call. After Kimmel showed the original play, audience members cheered. Kimmel responded, "People who don't care about justice I guess."

In an episode produced earlier this season Comedy Central's Conan O'Brien blasted the replacements by mocking them with fake referees. The fake refs read Spanish out of a fake NFL rule book and used made up hand signals.


Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert weighed in on the replacement referees earlier this year in his "Sports Report" segment. His editing team gave Eli Manning a whale tail piece of lingerie after showing a report that one of the replacements had previously refereed for the Lingerie Football League.

"The Late Show" host David Letterman also discussed the replacements on his "Top Ten Signs You're A Bad Referee" feature. The video can be seen by skipping ahead to the 14:21 mark here. The No. 1 reason? "You're hated everywhere but Seattle."

In addition to the "Call It Maybe" parody video, Flo-Rida's song "Whistle" was spoofed to mock the refs. Watch below.

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