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Green Bay Mayor to Commish

You're Crushing Packers'

Shot at a Super Bowl

9/25/2012 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt fired off an angry letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- as promised -- claiming the labor dispute with referees is threatening the Packers on-field success ... AND putting the entire Wisconsin town in financial jeopardy.

TMZ obtained a copy of the letter ... in which the Mayor claims the NFL's elite status is being "threatened by less than qualified officials who are not quite at the same level as the rest of the league's representatives."

Mayor Schmitt, who's also a shareholder of the publicly owned Green Bay Packers, continues ... "last night's game creates a negative perception on the NFL brand, which in turn jeopardizes the Packers' chance for success as well as the potential to negatively affect our local economy."

All in all, it's a pretty polite way of saying it totally sucks that replacement refs cost Green Bay's greatest commodity -- the Packers -- a victory last night.

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31.

seahawk fan    

oh boo-hoo the seahawks got screwed out of a SUPERBOWL based on bad calls

707 days ago
32.

TheMachine1    

Wouldn't bad calls on average be as likely to benefit you as hurt you? Adding the wild card of bad referees makes the game more like real life.

707 days ago
33.

just because    

even though i played sidelines for 1 year in my freshman highschool football career, I do not blame the referees, or the nfl, I blame the packers idiot who tried to catch the ball on 4th down 0 seconds hail mary...even i know your supposed to smack it out of bounds.....you dumb ass

707 days ago
34.

just because    

i guess its a new rule like baseball wear the tie goes to the offense.......yup new rule no more wwf wrestling to see who comes away with stealing the bacon :D

707 days ago
35.

HAWK    

BAD CALLS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME AND THE SEAHAWKS WERE ROBBED THE SUPERBOWL XL AGAINST THE STEELERS. PACKERS NEED TO GET OVER IT. . .

707 days ago
36.

Mclovin    

As a Bears' fan...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

707 days ago
37.

Spicy mag    

Remember that scene in batman when the mayor was watching the football game and bane blew him up?

707 days ago
38.

ronin    

Greatest commodity???

Try ""ONLY"" commodity

707 days ago
39.

Bears fan    

The ref who said it was a TD cuse it was Bears Down.

707 days ago
40.

ManiacalZebra    

How can the city of Green Bay be negatively affected financially? The fans are seriously diehard. Green Bay games are sold out even when they suck. People stay on waiting lists for season tickets for decades. Sorry, but I'm not buying that argument.

707 days ago
41.

cbuckwhizzle    

Having watched in slow motion I can say the call was made correctly. It wasn't simultaneous possesion. Jennings clearly had his hands on the ball first, BUT both his feet were in the air. While his feet were still in the air Tate got both his hands on the ball AND both feet on the ground. Jennings only had one foot on the ground by the time that happened. BY RULE, the only time they can call it an interception is if Jennings had both feet on the ground. There were plenty of bad calls that night, but that last one absolutely was not one of them.

707 days ago
42.

cbuckwhizzle    

Having watched in slow motion I can say the call was made correctly. It wasn't simultaneous possesion. Jennings clearly had his hands on the ball first, BUT both his feet were in the air. While his feet were still in the air Tate got both his hands on the ball AND both feet on the ground. Jennings only had one foot on the ground by the time that happened. BY RULE, the only time they can call it an interception is if Jennings had both feet on the ground. There were plenty of bad calls that night, but that last one absolutely was not one of them.

707 days ago
43.

Holly    

OMG get over it Pakers you guys are whiney little bitches!! This happens all the time! The Vikings get screwed all the time remember the playoff game back in 2009??? Even the game against the 49ers the refs made bad calls for us and we still pulled through, Packers deserved to lose that game!!

707 days ago
44.

nick    

The NFL should tell the Mayor...HE AND Wisconsin can pick the rest of the TAB....ITS NOT THE NFL's job too look for f**king Wisconsin financial being......Maybe Wisconsin should rely on a football team for them too make it......Lazy motherf**kers........

707 days ago
45.

ColoradoRob    

The Packers are Crushing their own hopes for Super Bowl. Although that was by no dought a blown call all Jennings had to do was play football 101 and knock the ball down. Instead he went for the incentive check/stat for interception. Two way street Pac-Nation!

707 days ago
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