Packers' loss ripples from Lambeau to White House
Fellow Packers offensive lineman Josh Sitton used his Twitter account to call on the NFL to come to Green Bay and apologize to the Packers.
‘‘The NFL needs to get the refs back (before) we strike and they make no money!’’ Sitton posted after the game.
Rodgers, a players’ union representative during the lockout, expressed skepticism about that happening and said, ‘‘Let’s remember who we’re dealing with.’’
‘‘We’re dealing with an NFL who locked out the players and said we’re going to stand firm on our position,’’ he said on the radio show. ‘‘... This is an NFL who gambled on some low-level referees, including the guy who makes the most important call last night, who’s never had any professional experience.’’
After the so-called ‘‘Inaccurate Reception,’’ a small Facebook group advocated an ‘‘Occupy Lambeau’’ protest movement before Sunday’s game against New Orleans. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used his Twitter account to call for the return of the regular officials — a public show of support for locked-out unionized workers, an odd juxtaposition given his national reputation for going after public employee unions last year.
For all the bluster, few expect many empty seats or unwatched television sets on NFL Sundays.
‘‘I mean, it’s not the Packers’ fault,’’ Kroening said. ‘‘I pretty much live and die by watching them.’’
Mantuano, the other fan, said he was concerned that a team will miss the playoffs or a star player will get hurt because of a replacement official’s mistake. He wondered aloud about the health of Rodgers, Tom Brady and Tony Romo.
Oddsmakers said millions of dollars changed hands on that now-famous play.
‘‘Due to one call by the replacement refs, the bettors lost $150 million, and the bookie won $150 million for a total swing of $300 million on one debatably bad call,’’ said RJ Bell of Las Vegas-based Pregame.com.
AP Sports Writer Rachel Cohen in New York and Associated Press writers Oskar Garcia in Honolulu and Scott Bauer in Madison, Wis., contributed to this story.