Replacement ref says he needs LeSean McCoy for his fantasy team

Replacement referees continue to embarrass themselves and the NFL

9/18/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Sep 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; NFL referee Ken Roan during a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Philadelphia won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIREIf you watched last night's game between the Broncos and Falcons, you were most likely shocked with the complete ineptitude of the replacement officials.

Actually, if you have watched a bunch of games over the course of the short season so far, you might not have been surprised at all.

There were defensive pass interference calls when the defender didn't even touch the receiver, there were others when the ball wasn't even remotely catchable, there were obvious cases of intentional grounding completely ignored. There were flags so late that you weren't sure which play they were on, there were missed TD calls that later got rectified by replay review, and there were non-TDs that were originally called TDs.

Basically, this game was about as bad as it could possibly get.

Shockingly, that's not even the most ridiculous thing about the replacement referees.

On the same day that a ref was pulled from a Saints game after being revealed to be a Saints fan, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says that a referee told him that he needed McCoy for his fantasy team.

From McCoy:
"They’re like fans, kind of though. I’ll be honest, they’re like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ ahhh, what?!"

McCoy also said that the refs appeared starstruck, and even afraid of guys like Ray Lewis, and that influenced their calls.

Keep in mind, the Eagles WON that game against the Ravens. So this isn't a case of sour grapes from a player after a tough loss.

There's nothing wrong with referees playing fantasy football, or being NFL fans. In fact, I would assume that most referees, original and replacement, are guys who grew up loving the NFL. You don't get that involved without some sort of passion for the game.

The thing is, you still need to be a professional, and these refs are demonstrating a complete inability to pull that off.  They're also showing a complete inability to simply do their job.

Time to stop messing around, NFL. Get us the real refs back. I'd much rather complain about them than these clowns.
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9/18/12   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

Jess wrote:
Great point.

The problem though, is that there's a difference between being "rookies" and making mistakes, and being unprofessional. I think most of us expected there to be mistakes here and there. Slow calls, missed calls, bad calls - that's understandable. But they have the control of pretty important games right now, and they need to do their best and be professional about it. Mistakes are excusable, but let's go into the game with some professionalism and objectivity. This isn't the preseason anymore.

I agree it needs to be done with some professionalism, and obectivity, I was just talking about the mistakes people are yammering about, and thinking that the game will be ruin because of these replacement officals.

9/18/12   |   Scott   |   49475 respect

This weekend was certainly a step in the wrong direction for the replacement officials.  Nobody is perfect and a lot of the rules are open to intepretation so generally, I'll expect mistakes.  However, the two things that bother me the most about these replacements are that a) they seem easily swayed by players yelling for flags and b) a handful of them look like they have no idea what some of the rules even are.  This past weekend was an absolute joke and the NFL needs to take a look in the mirror and get this thing settled before it really starts to ruin the game

9/18/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

jaysinw wrote:
I am always amazed when I listen to people complain, even about the replacement officials. Have the games been called poorly? Yes, well not everyone one but enough of them, and who is calling these games. That's right rookie officials. I wonder how a team would fare with nothing but rookies coming out after his junior year. I would bet there would be a lot of mistakes and missed assignments. Why would you any fan in his right mind think that having all rookie officials would be any different. When fans ask why did the 49er's pick up an old receiver of QB is so the veterans can work with the rookies in digesting what is going on out on the field.

As  Steve Young, says: “Bring in the Division III officials – it doesn’t matter. In the end you’re still going to watch the game, we’re going to all complain and moan and gripe but … it doesn’t matter. Go ahead gripe all they want. I’m going to rest. Let them eat cake.” I love the Marie Antoinette reference.

Great point.

The problem though, is that there's a difference between being "rookies" and making mistakes, and being unprofessional. I think most of us expected there to be mistakes here and there. Slow calls, missed calls, bad calls - that's understandable. But they have the control of pretty important games right now, and they need to do their best and be professional about it. Mistakes are excusable, but let's go into the game with some professionalism and objectivity. This isn't the preseason anymore.

9/18/12   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

I am always amazed when I listen to people complain, even about the replacement officials. Have the games been called poorly? Yes, well not everyone one but enough of them, and who is calling these games. That's right rookie officials. I wonder how a team would fare with nothing but rookies coming out after his junior year. I would bet there would be a lot of mistakes and missed assignments. Why would you any fan in his right mind think that having all rookie officials would be any different. When fans ask why did the 49er's pick up an old receiver of QB is so the veterans can work with the rookies in digesting what is going on out on the field.

As  Steve Young, says: “Bring in the Division III officials – it doesn’t matter. In the end you’re still going to watch the game, we’re going to all complain and moan and gripe but … it doesn’t matter. Go ahead gripe all they want. I’m going to rest. Let them eat cake.” I love the Marie Antoinette reference.