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Thursday May 16th, 2013

The ref with his hands up will also be umpiring a softball game put on by Seahawks corner Richard Sherman. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) The ref with his hands up will also be umpiring a softball game put on by Seahawks corner Richard Sherman. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

During the first month of the NFL 2012 season, arguably the most reviled people in sports were the NFL replacement referees.

Now one of the referees, Lance Easley, who officiated the infamous "Fail Mary" game will be a umpire in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game, according to NFL.com.

Yes, you read that right.

For those who don't remember, it was Easley who signaled touchdown in the "Fail Mary" Monday Night Football  game between the Green Bay Packers and Seahawks, ruling a touchdown catch for wide receiver Golden Tate on a play that was clearly an interception by safety M.D. Jennings. The Packers lost the game 14-12.

The softball game is scheduled for July 7 in Seattle.

The Facebook page for the softball game has the slogan, "Don't be surprised if a few flags are thrown."  Clearly, someone has a sense of humor.

More from NFL.com:

Easley was far from the only replacement ref who blew a call over those three grisly weeks, but he became the symbol for the failures of an overwhelmed group of substitutes, as well as the impetus in ending a lingering labor battle. The real officials returned six days later.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HInIZ4CdVOw

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