Don't look now Packers fans but Golden Tate and Lance Easley are together again. The Seattle Seahawks' wide receiver recently reunited with the replacement official who awarded him a controversial, game-winning touchdown against Green Bay during the 2012 season.
The key figures in the infamous "Fail Mary", Easley and Tate were brought together for a photo opportunity at charity softball tournament held by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Easley, who parlayed the blown call into a book deal, was invited to be a guest umpire.
Seahawks WR Golden Tate reunites with "Fail Mary" referee Lance Easley at celebrity softball game » pic.twitter.com/slkuuC6TYq
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Sherman's softball event sold out the 7,000-seater Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Proceeds from the event were slated to go to Helping a Hero, an organization geared toward building new homes for wounded veterans. Easley is a former marine.
Several months after the call that made him more famous, Easley insisted he had it right.
"Oh yeah, I wouldn’t change it. I can’t," told The Everett Herald. "The NFL upheld it, I’ve looked at plenty of video, I’ve talked to my replay guys, there’s nothing to turn it over."
As Packers fans won't likely forget, the "Fail Mary" occurred on Seattle's final play of a "Monday Night Football" game in September. Packers safety M.D. Jennings appeared to jump up and secure a deep pass thrown by quarterback Russell Wilson for a game-ending interception. With both players on the ground in the end zone, Tate got his hands on the ball at the end of the play and Easley ruled that it was a touchdown due to simultaneous possession. Seattle won 14-12.
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