NFL replacement refs
The NFL's use of motley crews of retirees and refugees (including Lingerie Football League castoffs) as scabs in a labor dispute ruffled the feathers of coaches, players, fans and those who placed bets during the first three weeks of the season. The litany of blown calls reached a howling crescendo after the final play of the Seahawks-Packers game on Sept. 24 was ruled an interception by one ref and a TD by another. (The TD stood.) The ensuing manure storm goosed the NFL to reach a deal with its regular officials, who were back at work for the next slate of games.