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Why NFL referees must be model judges

The 'bad' NFL referee call in the 'Monday Night Football' game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers puts a spotlight on those among us whom we elevate as truth tellers and judges.

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A referee indicates a Seattle Seahawks game-winning touchdown over the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter of their NFL Monday night football game.

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Even those who don’t follow sports have likely felt the collective outrage of football fans over a referee’s “bad call” in Monday night’s matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Some outrage mattered more than most.

“Terrible,” chimed in President Obama.

Bring back the “experienced referees,” added Mitt Romney, referring to the National Football League’s lockout of its regular refs in a contract dispute and the use of less-qualified refs.

The referee’s call that gave the Seahawks a winning touchdown was almost like hearing that the Supreme Court had ruled the sky was pink. Or that NASA had announced that the moon was made of cheese. Or that the United Nations had decided to let Cuba join its Human Rights Council. (Actually, it did.)

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