Replacement referee officially delusional

Posted: September 28, 2012

REPLACEMENT ref Lance Easley is out of a job and out of his mind.

Easley, the official who ruled Seattle receiver Golden Tate caught the game-winning touchdown on the controversial final play against Green Bay Monday night, maintains he made the right call.

Never mind that the entire world knows that Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings clearly made the interception.

"It was the correct call," Easley told TMZ on Thursday. "I didn't do anything wrong. Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call.

"We did a damn good job . . . for the most part."

To be fair, Easley shouldn't have been in position to botch the call in the first place, and doesn't deserve all the flak he has been getting.

The NFL knew when it hired him that he was a 52-year banker from Santa Maria whose only officiating experience was at the junior college level.

The real tragedy was that the call was upheld by both the replay official immediately after the game, and by the league the next day.

Still, Easley is wrong about being right.

Anything for money

These are tough economic times in Greece, which is why a couple of soccer teams there have taken on some unconventional sponsors.

One team, Paleopyrgo, signed a deal with an undertaker and wears jerseys sporting a black cross. The partnership, you'll excuse the pun, has breathed new life into the team.

"It was a matter of survival," Paleopyrgo general manager Lefteris Vasiliou told a radio station in Athens. "The previous season was very difficult for us with the economic crisis. We did not have a sponsor for the last 3 years."

Another team, Voukefalas, partnered with a local brothel, a move the players seemed to like.

"When we announced to the players that our sponsor would be a brothel, they wanted to know about bonuses," club president Giannis Batziolas said.

Contact Tom Mahon at mahont@phillynews.

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