Sitting courtside at an NBA game is considered one of the true thrills of sports fandom. At the same time, parking your rump just a few feet away from the world's largest, fastest athletes does come with a certain amount of risk...
For most people, it's pretty obvious when a 911 call is necessary. Say, for example, that you just witnessed a bank robbery and wanted to let the cops know the deal---no one is going to question that decision...
By now, even non-football fans have heard about the officiating debacle in last night's showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (just check your Facebook feed). Facing a 12-7 deficit with just seconds left to play, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolled out of the pocket and threw a desperation heave into the end zone, resulting in a game-clinching interception for the Packers.
Except it wasn't. Instead, the NFL's much-maligned replacement officials inexplicably ruled the play a touchdown for the Seahawks, ignoring an obvious offensive pass-interference penalty and cementing the phrase "simultaneous catch" into the lexicon of poor sports officiating.
This screw-up will, hopefully, lead to the return of the real refs—but let's not forget that they too have made their share of awful calls over the years. Here's a look at some of the NFL's most controversial officiating decisions:
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