GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Jeff Triplette (trip-let) will be the referee on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers host New Orleans. He’ll be the first “regular” referee to call a Packers’ game this season, after the N-F-L and its officials’ union agreed to a new eight-year contract which ended the controversial use of replacement refs.
Triplette has been an N-F-L referee since 1999, and he’s been an official in the league since ’96.
Meanwhile, Packers’ president Mark Murphy is asking fans to move on – saying he and the organization have moved on after Monday night’s officiating fiasco on the final play of Green Bay’s 14-12 loss at Seattle. Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass that appeared to be intercepted by the Packers’ M-D Jennings – but a replacement ref awarded a touchdown to Seattle’s Golden Tate, and that won the game for the Seahawks.
Murphy had refused comment after the game, and did not defend the Packers publicly. Murphy, who helped negotiate an end to the N-F-L players’ lockout a year ago, said he didn’t want to jeopardize the bargaining process while talks were going on. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Monday Night game was a factor in speeding up the talks and reaching a settlement. But he wouldn’t say whether he thought the play was an interception. Murphy praised Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy, saying he handled the aftermath with class.
The regular officials received a standing ovation at their first game back – the Thursday night Cleveland game at Baltimore.