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#pounditThursday, February 25, 2021

Lions fans pay for billboards mocking NFL refs over bad calls in Packers game

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It may take quite a while for Detroit Lions fans to get over the way their team was robbed of a win by the officiating crew in Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers, and a group of them appear to have found a way to channel their anger.

Billboards have been popping up along major highways in metro Detroit this week that feature a referee making a penalty call while wearing a cheesehead, which of course is the official symbol of Packers fandom. Anonymous Lions fans purchased the billboards through Outfront Media, and Max White of WXYZ in Detroit says there are at least seven in total.

The Lions and their fans have every right to be angry. Had it not been for two egregious calls and one no-call in Green Bay, the result of Monday’s game could have easily gone the other way. The NFL has since admitted that one of the calls should not have been made, and the league reached out to Detroit’s ownership group to address it.

Relative to how Lions fans feel as a whole, those billboards are fairly tame.

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