A sampling from around the world of sports about the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks finish Monday night:

Joe Posnanski, Sports on Earth:

Well, it's clear now: The Gods hate the replacement refs. That probably was obvious enough before Monday night's catastrophe, before the Green Bay-Seattle finish that turned the NFL into a laughingstock once and for all.

The Greek Gods had already sent down Herculean labors for the replacement referees -- fumbles that did not look like fumbles, pass interference temptations, screaming players and coaches -- and these replacement referees essentially failed every test.

But Monday night's ending, well, if that doesn't end this farce, then it's clear that the people who run the NFL have simply decided that they don't owe the fans, the players or anyone else legitimacy.

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Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports:

Sometime Tuesday afternoon, after an emergency session of some NFL owners subcommittee and a quick folding in front of a federal labor mediator, commissioner Roger Goodell should step in front of a podium, declare the lockout of the league's referees over and apologize to the coaches, players, fans and replacement officials for the last three weeks of football.

It's the owners who are locking out the refs and must sign off on a contract. And it is the owners who employ Goodell. But at some point, Goodell has to lead his bosses. That's the mark of a great commissioner, and make no mistake, Roger Goodell believes he is a great commissioner.

A great commissioner doesn't stand around and let his league continue on as a laughingstock.

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John Clayton, ESPN:

A little less than 40 years ago, I was an 18-year-old high school student credentialed to cover the Pittsburgh Steelers for the St. Mary's Daily Press, a small paper in the middle of Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs, and I was witness to history. Franco Harris caught a deflected pass -- dubbed the "Immaculate Reception" by the late Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope -- and ran directly toward the auxiliary press box at Three Rivers Stadium where I was seated. Several members of the media stood up and cheered the game-winning touchdown pass over the Oakland Raiders. I turned to an NFL official standing behind me and asked for replay because I thought it was an illegal catch.

As Myron would say, "It was deja vu all over again" on Monday night as Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate caught what I call "The Immaculate Deflection." Tate was awarded a controversial touchdown on a Hail Mary pass from quarterback Russell Wilson, in which it looked as though Green Bay Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball.

What I can't believe is that 40 years of technological development left the Packers in the same situation as the Raiders: hopeless and angry. I'll never forget the scene in the Packers' lockerroom when the offensive players saw the replay of Tate's touchdown. They shouted their anger and threw towels at the television sets. They felt as though they were robbed.

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Vinnie Iyer, The Sporting News:

And you thought last Monday night was a strong case for the NFL to strongly consider ending the referees' lockout. It took three weeks and 48 games, but the Green Bay Packers became the first team to lose as a direct result of confusion between the replacement officials.