I honest to God expected to see Roger Goodell strut out of the Lambeau Field tunnel to this theme music after the officials missed the fumble from Sproles on that kick return. Just grabbing the mic, screaming you're fired to Mike McCarthy and giving him a stunner before flipping off the Lambeau crowd and walking out. And you know what? I almost would have respected it. I mean at least we'd have validation that the whole world is against us. I mean is the NFL kidding yesterday? Like it took 6 game minutes for the real NFL officials to go from face to heel (how many wrestling references can I cram into this blog? As many as it takes to completely abandon my female audience apparently). 3 calls; push off from Colston on the Saints first TD, the Jimmy Graham non-catch, and the fumble were all egregious in their own way. I think the Graham call was what set my rage level to 11. Like how is that a catch? Unless you're calling simultaneous possession with the ground? Then tie goes to the runner? Just mind boggling on every level. Like there was a legit (earmuffs) "bullllsh*t' chant at Lambeau. You know how rare that is? I'm not saying Lambeau is a monastary but rarely do you hear that. Now Camp Randall? That's one of the nicest things chanted during the game. But it takes a lot for Lambeau to get that riled up. Honestly Jeff Triplette did the impossible and made Lance Easley less hated for that Monday night call. I mean is he still getting death threats? Probably. But less.
Other than that is was good to see Aaron Rodgers get back on track with 4 TD's and a championship belt. The other great crowd reaction though as when he got poked in the eye and Graham Harrell had to come in for a play. The public address guy announced the quarterback change and the noise that came from Lambeau had some shock, some horror, and some bits of real panther. And how about play 1 of the Harrell era? Home run! Literally everyone in the building knew that was a run play and it still got botched. Poor kid had TJ Rubley references flying at him on Facebook. Top 3 worst things said on the internet yesterday. He was probably just nervous and it really didn't look to be 100% his fault. At the same time I'd take a Aaron Rodgers with one good eye over Harrell. Hell I'd take Rodgers with JUST one eye. Cyclops-Rodgers all day err day.
Otherwise I think you feel pretty good about just getting the 'W'. I mean sure there were problems. Like if 'how a zone defense works' isn't on Sam Shields' Google search history this morning it's an absolute crime. But let's be honest Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers were putting on a show that Uncle Rico would be proud of. Each secondary looked bad. Just take the win, lick your wounds and enjoy having an actual normal schedule with a noon game on next week.
PS: Still one of my favorite scenes of all time; if you don't laugh when he slugs Napoleon with that steak then I don't want to know you as a human being*.
*Just kidding. Thanks for reading!