Next, we have the replacement refs' inept ability to notice illegal hits. I'm not blaming them, as the speed of the game is so unbelievably fast relative to what they're used to, but compared to the regular refs, that's what it is - inept ability. With all the missed late hits and helmet first lunges at receivers, something terrible was bound to happen eventually.
Lo and behold, Darrius Heyward-Bey of the Oakland Raiders was knocked unconscious and hospitalized by a helmet first Ryan Mundy hit that landed right in DHB's chin. The illegal hit was not penalized by the referees. Fortunately, Heyward-Bey is expected to make a full recovery, but is it going to take an on-field death to get the NFL to meet the referee's demands? This is just getting ridiculous.
Bart Hubbich of the New York Post reported that bringing the real referees back would cost about $100,000 per NFL team. In the NFL, we're talking about a multi-billion dollar industry. Is that $100K per team really this important to them? ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell said back in March that the Cowboys are worth about five billion dollars. Do you know how small of a percentage it would cost Jerry Jones to put in his share to get the real refs back? Neither do I, because it comes out to 2x10 to the negative fifth power. I haven't taken a math class in years so I have no idea what that means, but I know it's very small.
Commissioner Roger Goodell's salary costs each team about $340,000. I'd say you're getting much more bang for your buck paying $100K for refs rather than $340K for Goodell.
I don't know what it will take to get this thing settled. Maybe an on-field stabbing followed by a flag for an illegal shift. All I know is that it's getting ridiculous, and each week it has gotten worse. I understand that there are always bad calls and that we often complain about the real refs when they're out there, but don't act like what went on this weekend is even remotely similar to our typical referee controversy. This has to be straightened out.