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'Fail Mary' ref has new job: umpiring Richard Sherman's softball game

By John Breech |

Replacement ref Lance Easley seemed to have a unique way of surprising Packers players. (USATSI)

America's most famous replacement ref, Lance Easley, has a new job. At least a temporary one. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman announced on his Facebook page that he's invited Easley to be the umpire at Sherman's charity softball game on July 7.

If you've already forgotten about Easley -- or repressed the memory of him because you're a Packers fan -- he's the replacement ref who awarded the Seahawks a touchdown on the final play of the 'Fail Mary' game in September.

Easley ruled that Seattle receiver Golden Tate had simultaneous possession with Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings, a ruling that gave Tate a 24-yard touchdown catch and the Seahawks a 14-12 win over Green Bay.

The bad call -- or good call, depending on your point of view -- paid off nicely for Easley. Since that fateful September day, Easley has hung out with some female Packers fans, appeared on the Today show and written a book about the call. Yes, an entire book about that one call.

Easley might not get a key to the city when he returns to Seattle in July, but he'll probably get a nice ovation and if he's lucky, free Starbucks for life.

Besides Easley, Larry Fitzgerald, Kam Chancellor and Doug Baldwin are also scheduled to appear at the softball game, along with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. It doesn't look like they'll be any Packers players though.

Keep your eye on everything NFL by following John Breech on Twitter @JohnBreech.

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