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Fans question the integrity of the NFL

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MADISON (WKOW) – Most Green Bay Packers fans are not satisfied with the NFL's explanation of a ruling on the final play of Monday night's game that gave the Seattle Seahawk's the win.

"I was at State Street Brats," says Anthony Gatti about the moment replacement referees made the controversial call. "There was silence. Then everyone started to scream."

"I really couldn't believe they would call that a touchdown," Brian Garlock says.

Packers fans are disappointed with the last-minute, or rather last-second, loss to the Seahawks.

But more importantly, they say they're losing faith in the NFL as replacement officials make questionable calls while the usual referees are locked out because of a contract dispute.

"If that's what we're going to get, it doesn't make me want to put the time and effort into it as much as I otherwise would," Garlock says.

Even Wisconsin's politicians are fired up.

"No matter what your political point of view, the Wisconsin I know and anyone who watched last night's embarrassment agrees - the Green Bay Packers were robbed.  It's long past time for the NFL to bring the real refs back to the game we all love," says Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Tammy Baldwin.

"Did you guys watch that Packers game last night?" Paul Ryan asked his audience in Ohio as he campaigns for his running mate, Mitt Romney. "I mean, give me a break. It is time to get the real refs."

Gov. Scott Walker tweeted Tuesday morning, "After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs."

It is a statement Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-MiddletonN) finds ironically supportive of unions following Walker's push for Act 10 limiting collective bargaining for unions in Wisconsin.

"I think if you're going to support the workers trying to unionize in one profession, you should support them in all," Erpenbach says.

Later in the day, Gov. Walker tweeted, "Being pro-taxpayer doesn't make me anti-union. Besides, private sector unions are often our partners in economic development."

One thing they both agree on...

"There were probably lots of TVs being yelled at last night," Erpenbach says.

But he encourages people to do more than that.

He tweeted the NFL commissioner's phone number.

"I don't think the average fan felt their voice was being heard. So, this was one way to do it."

Erpenbach says he called and left a very polite message calling for the end to the lockout.

According Sports Center, he would've been one of about 70,000 people who left voicemails overnight.

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