The replacement referees need to go

NOW have you had enough?

9/25/12 in NFL   |   sungrey   |   13 respect

September 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Referee Jim Core steps in to separate San Diego Chargers players and Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Okay, fans.

Have you had enough?

It's true... I haven't been on here in a while... but I fully intend to return and voice my concerns on sports in general from college football to college basketball to baseball and everything in between.

Tonight, my vitriol is reserved for the group that has truly proven it deserves the most scorn.

Yes, replacement officials, I am talking about you.

I am not a loyal fan of either the Green Bay Packers or the Seattle Seahawks, but this game... combined with the New England Patriots debacle against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night, will convince even the biggest diehards that meaningful, real change is needed to a game that is slowly becoming unwatchable on the field.

The problem with the National Football League is that the league is so popular with fans, it doesn't feel it has to answer to the critics. All commissioner Roger Goodell has to do is point to the TV ratings, the interest in fantasy football and the rabid fans that follow all 32 teams and say our league is perfect.

Except it isn't. And the events of Sunday and Monday have proved it.

I don't have scorn for the replacement referees. I know they are trying. Yet Goodell has thrown them into an unwinnable situation, a situation so nightmarish that many referees will be happy to return to the college game or their other regular jobs. (I particularly feel bad for Shannon Eastin, who made history as the first female NFL official. Too bad she'll never work another game in this league ever again.)

If you're among those saying "what's the big deal?" you're missing the point. Or in this case, points:

*Blown calls. Green Bay had the INTERCEPTION in the end zone Monday night, Seattle didn't have the touchdown. Tennessee shouldn't have had 15 extra yards tacked onto a personal foul in Sunday's game.

*No calls. Wonder if Matt Schaub recovered the piece of his earlobe that was hacked off from that vicious hit Sunday in the Texans-Broncos game? That hit should have merited a player ejection, a five-figure fine... instead, no flag. In that same Tennessee game, a blatant facemask penalty called by an official but overruled by another who picked up the flag and waved it, saying there was no foul.

*The official who is a New Orleans Saints fan. Sorry, if you're an official in pro football or any sport, you should have NO team loyalties or hide them pretty damn well. Don't advertise who your favorite team is on Facebook.
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9/25/12   |   Scott   |   53885 respect

With the amount of money the NFL makes, it is a shame that both sides are "fighting" over $3 million.  Last night, the NFL hit rock bottom in terms of their on the field product yet I know Goodell and company don't really care because like you said, they continue to make more money then they know what to do with and the league still is the most popular in the world....even if all the publicity right now is for something that puts a black eye on the sport