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Aug 9, 2013 6:45 PM by Andrew Masuda

Living with his call, Santa Maria replacement ref Easley writes book

Lance Easley entered the national spotlight last September for his infamous call on Monday Night Football. The Santa Maria banker has found a way to turn the one-time negative experience into a positive by writing a book.

Easley was in his third regular season game as a NFL replacement ref on September 24, 2012 when Seattle hosted Green Bay on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks trailed Green Bay 12-7 and went for a hail mary on the final play of the game. Seattle's Golden Tate and the Packers' MD Jennings both went up for Russell Wilson's pass in the endzone. Citing a simultaneous reception, Easley, who was the side judge, ruled it a touchdown. Seattle won 14-12 as a result. It turned out to be the final NFL game overseen by replacement refs last season.

The veteran junior college and high school referee became an overnight sensation after the game, which was viewed by more than 18 million people He received dozens of death threats from people across the country. Still to this day, Easley stands by his call.

Easley says all the support he received from friends and family in the aftermath inspired him to write a book on how to persevere and weather the storm. He teamed up with local author Brock Thoene to write a book called "Making the Call: Living with Your Decision."

"Some people have thought,'Oh you're trying to make money on a questionable decision you made on a Monday Night football game.' However, that's not the case. I've been trying to give hope to people about what to in a stressful situation. It's an encouragement. It's an inspiration," said Easley, who also relied on his Christian faith. He says he is trying to show that life is about more than making a single call, it's about deciding how to live with the calls a person makes.

Inside the book, Easley talks about an acronym he created D.E.A.F. It stands for deciding to stand and not play a victim, embracing pressure, adopting a positive attitude and forming a strong foundation.

Easley has also been busy with speaking engagements both on the Central Coast and beyond. Recently, he spoke with teens involved with the Central Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The book is already on shelves of local bookstores and available on online sites like Amazon. It will be officially released on August 15. Easley will make national television appearances next week to talk about his book.

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