The replacement referees need to go

NOW have you had enough?

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

Sep 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll celebrates after referee Wayne Elliott (28) signals a touchdown on the final play against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL is coming perilously close here to undoing its status as America's Game. I made a joke on Facebook that these replacement refs should be kept because if they were, maybe baseball would be the national pastime once again before the 2013 season.

Although my true loyalties lie to baseball, I was making a joke.

This isn't a joke. This is real.

Roger, your league is on the verge of becoming the laughingstock of pro sports. Didn't someone tap you on the shoulder and say "uhhhh, Commissioner, are you SURE this is a good idea?"

Between the league's contemptuous treatment of veteran players, who scrape and fight for back pensions they rightfully should have earned, and the league's shameful assessment of concussions and how they really affect football players, people should be taking a second look at the NFL and how it handles its business.

And then this comes along.

The gap between what the officials want and what the NFL is offering is $3.3 million per season, according to Sports Illustrated football guru Peter King.


And don't think twice.

If the league insists on keeping this sham going once again in Week 4, here's what the players should do.

Come out for pre-game warmups. Then, right at the time the game is supposed to begin, walk off the field in unison.

Stay off the field for 15 minutes. Then return.

If the players can demonstrate their loyalty in one display before every game, maybe Roger Goodell will listen.

Sunday and Monday proved one thing. It's not even one month into the season and the fans are fed up.

The NFL thinks it's perfect.

A whole bunch of fans are about to tell Goodell otherwise.
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9/25/12   |   Scott   |   53538 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