After many months of bitter political wrangling in Wisconsin, Republicans and Democrats can still come together on one issue: the Green Bay Packers.
GOP and Democratic leaders alike, from Gov. Scott Walker to Democratic state senators who fled the state last year to fight Walker's policies, rallied around the Packers and agreed replacement officials blew their last call in the Packers' game against the Seattle Seahawks on "Monday Night Football."
Walker, a Republican who gained national attention last year for his measure to all but end collective bargaining for most of Wisconsin's public workers, also called for the NFL to bring back its union referees.
"After catching a few hours of sleep, the Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs," Walker tweeted.
Some of the Democratic state senators who left Wisconsin for Illinois in an effort to block Walker's controversial law also took to Twitter to back the Packers.
Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, tweeted the phone number for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, encouraging people to call him.
"In the end, it's very frustrating, and you can only yell at the TV so much," Erpenbach told the State Journal. "You need to call the commissioner."
Despite the bipartisan outrage over the blown call, Walker's comments quickly drew criticism from his political opponents, who said his comments were ironic in the wake of his collective bargaining law, now in the courts.
Erpenbach said if Walker wants to support professional referees organizing, it's odd that he doesn't do so for public school teachers as well.
"I think that's ironic," Erpenbach said.
But Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said, "The tweet had nothing to do with unions and everything to do with a blown call."
Not all Republicans were as bipartisan in their comments.
"Did you guys watch that Packer game last night?" vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep Paul Ryan, of Janesville, said Tuesday in Cincinnati. "I mean, give me a break. It is time to get the real refs. And do you know what, it reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can't get it right, it's time to get out. I half think that these refs work part time for the Obama administration in the budget office."
The NFL locked out union officials in June after their contract expired. The league opened the season with replacements, most with experience only in lower levels of college football, after being unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.