It’s only three weeks into the National Football League season and many people have about had it with the replacement referees.
The replacement refs are still getting blasted online by fans, fellow NFL players, politicians and critics alike for their controversial call which cost the Green Bay Packers the game on Monday Night Football.
But, according to a new parody Twitter account, the stand-in officials are just oblivious.
Oblivious NFL Ref popped up online right after the replacement refs mistakenly awarded the Seattle Seahawks the game-winning touchdown with a nod that they might not be completely on top of the NFL rule book.
“Holding. On the defense...13 yard penalty. Still 7th down,” Oblivious NFL Ref tweeted.
The account caught on quickly as many who were outraged with the final call vented on Twitter, gaining more than 54,000 followers in just 12 hours.
The parody account paints the replacement ref as someone who doesn’t know anything about football (this oblivious ref in particular pumps gas during the week and refs on weekends), is trigger-happy about throwing yellow flags on the field, and trolls many of the NFL players who complained about Monday’s game result.
“You’re sitting home on your couch, I just had 67,000 people cheering for me,” the account tweeted.
The person behind @ObliviousNFLRef has not yet come forward yet, but it looks like it might have been started by the same person who runs Real Drunk Barney, an alcoholic parody of TV’s purple dinosaur that has earned 29,035 followers on its own merits. Real Drunk Barney,like many others, live-tweeted the Packers/Seahawks game (and his frustration) before @ObliviousNFLRef appeared.
The NFL will address Monday’s game in a press conference Tuesday, but one replacement ref is still in a good mood.
“Feels good knowing that I’m the most respected man in Seattle,” Oblivious NFL Ref said.
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