Michigan billboards take aim at referees in Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game

Amy Huschka
Detroit Free Press
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It's been a minute, but the Detroit Lions billboard brigade is back.

At least two billboards have popped up around metro Detroit — one reportedly on northbound Interstate 75 I-75 around mile marker 55 and another on eastbound I-94 between Gratiot and Harper — showing a referee with a cheesehead on his head.

The billboard seems to imply the referees are Packers fans. Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay is mired in controversy. Controversial calls. Or no calls in some cases.

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Cheesehead billboard on eastbound Interstate 94 between Gratiot and Harper in Macomb County.

This is not the first time a billboard criticizing officiating during a Lions game has popped up around metro Detroit. 

A “Blind to the bat" billboard popped up in 2015 to protest an official's non-call of an illegal bat by a Seattle Seahawks player.

And when former Lions player Ndamukong Suh was up for free agency, several digital billboards reading only "$uh?" in white print on a blue background popped up in the metro Detroit and Grand Rapids area, also in 2015.

And when Suh had one foot out of Detroit, 10 to 12 "$CRUHED" billboards went up targeting the defensive tackle.

An anonymous group of Lions fans peeved about the blown call in a 2015 playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys bought several "Detroit Lyin' " billboards — one with a Honolulu Blue background and a referee signaling pass interference; another showing a referee's feet and yellow penalty flag on a football field.

Welcome back, billboard bandits. We missed you.

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