'Terrible' call a hot topic in Vancouver

By Hosea Cheung, 24 hours Vancouver

The controversial ending that marred Monday Night Football remained a hot topic across the sports world a day later. It was no different north of the I-5.

Tuesday, Vancouver's pro athletes chimed in on the questionable last-second touchdown decision made by the replacement officials that saw the Seattle Seahawks stun the Green Bay Packers with a 14-12 win at Centurylink Field.

A diehard Packers fan, Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit attended the NFL match in Seattle and admitted he didn't get much sleep afterwards.

"It was crazy," the Wisconsin native said of the touchdown awarded to Seahawks' Golden Tate even though Packers' M.D. Jennings looked to have intercepted it. "They didn't really show (the replay) at the stadium, I think for good reason. For us as Packers fans, it was definitely a hard pill to swallow.

"Such is life."

At the B.C. Lions practice in Surrey, quarterback Travis Lulay called it a "tough way to lose a game" while linebacker Adam Bighill said there's two sides of the coin on the emotions that followed.

Outspoken defensive back Dante Marsh, however, was less restrained in his views on the game-winning score.

"It was trash," he said. "My 10-year-old son could have made that call. That's an interception all day long.

"Not to belittle the replacement guys, but c'mon now. It was bad all the way around."

Lions slotback Geroy Simon also labelled the final ruling "terrible," adding that it's "frustrating to see bad calls, even after they reviewed it."

When asked if he were in Seattle receiver Tate's position, would it have been a touchdown?

"I would have . yeah, yeah, it would have been a catch," he said with a laugh.