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Golden Tate hangs with Seahawks-Packers replacement referee

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Remember the high-profile replacement-ref debacle that gave the Seahawks a Monday night victory over the Packers thanks to a controversial Golden Tate touchdown catch? You probably do: it was kind of a big deal and basically the tipping point for ending the referee lockout.

Tate's catch is certainly in the past, but that doesn't mean that Packers fans still don't feel a sting when they see something like Tate and former replacement ref Lance Easley hanging out at Richard Sherman's softball game, reminding everyone about that time Green bay got hosed:

This pic comes to us from Lawyer Milloy on Instagram (via For The Win) ...

And it sounds like this wasn't just a one-off picture, but more of a giant joke that Sherman and company played amongst themselves. Russell Wilson, who threw the Hail Mary (Fail Mary?) pass, was in on the fun as well.

It's a lot easier to joke about this now because both the Seahawks and the Packers made the playoffs, even if the ref might've ended up costing Aaron Rodgers and Co. homefield advantage against the 49ers. (Not that any amount of frozen tundra was going to stop the Packers from spinning in circles trying to keep Colin Kaepernick in check.)

And, of course, it's a lot easier to joke about it when you're the Seahawks and the catch helped propel you to victory.

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