One of the most pathetic NFL storylines from the past several years was the use of replacement referees last season (and the league's defense of using such subpar officials). It was an experiment that suddenly ended after Week 3 when officials Lance Easley and Derrick Rhone-Dunn couldn't agree on whether Golden Tate caught a Hail Mary pass from Russell Wilson that allowed the Seahawks to beat the Packers on a wild Monday night.
Even after the constant replays appeared to show (pretty conclusively, in my opinion) that Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings had possession of the ball before Tate ripped it away, Easley didn't waver from his story, proclaiming it the right call.
Ten months later, Easley is pulling back into our lives. During the weekend, Easley posed with Tate at a charity football event, and in August, Easley will release his book (co-written with Brock Thoene), Making the Call: Living With Your Decisions.
Via Amazon, here's the book description: “What if your life hinged on a decision you had to make in a split second? That s the compelling story of NFL referee Lance Easley. As a replacement referee during 2012's referee lockout, Easley thought he'd earned his dream job until he made a disputed call during a Monday night game viewed by more than 16 million people. Suddenly, Easley found himself the target of scorn, hatred, even death threats. Thankfully, his solid Christian faith helped see him through the controversy. In Making the Call: Living with Your Decisions, Easley along with bestselling cowriter Brock Thoene explains that life is about much more than making a single call. It's about deciding beforehand just how you ll live with the calls you make.”
Tony Dungy also wrote a blurb for the book, promoting the religious aspect of the tome.
Packers fans, predictably, are still not happy with Easley and some fans see him as nothing more than a self-promoter. But as a fellow author (ahem!), I can sympathize with Easley, and as we all pretend to know, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
Even if your biggest claim to fame was a screw-up that cost the Packers a football game that millions of people viewed on television and then openly mocked.