NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's office has been flooded with calls… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)
Roger Goodell is hearing from disgruntled NFL fans Tuesday morning, thanks at least in part to a Wisconsin state senator who tweeted the commissioner's office phone number after the Green Bay Packers apparently were robbed of a victory by replacement officials on "Monday Night Football."
Jon Erpenbach, a Democrat who has represented the 27th Senate District since 1999, posted a series of messages via Twitter after the chaotic ending to Seattle's 14-12 victory over the Packers, during which Seahawks' receiver Golden Tate was award a touchdown catch on the final play of the game even though Green Bay defender M.D. Jennings appeared to have a clear interception of the pass in the end zone.
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At first Erpenbach tweeted a few comments about the result, including "If tonights game doesnt make the NFL settle with the real refs this season will be a joke," and "I will bet you a pound of cheese curds the packers are flagged when they take off at seatac tonight."
Then he wrote, "Let's go to the phones!!" and proceeded to post the phone number to Goodell's New York office.
A switchboard operator at that number Tuesday morning said the "switchboards had been lit up" all morning and that every one of the calls had been "complaints [about] the game last night."
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The operator, who declined to give her name, said that Goodell and his colleagues "are aware of discontented fans and are very responsive."
Erpenbach also tweeted a phone number that goes directly to Goodell's voicemail as well as the commissioner's Twitter handle.
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