Top Ten Reasons I Am Sad The Real Refs Are Back

9/27/12 in NFL   |   Fishchick17   |   36 respect

Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier (right) talks to referee Ken Roan (86) during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIREI know that everyone is happy and relieved that the NFL referees are back in business. They are starting tonight with the Thursday night game. But, I am not happy that the real refs are back after only three weeks of this NFL season.

Here are the Top Ten Reasons I am sad the refs are back.

#10 What will President Obama have to comment on now?
President Obama made a specific point to say the NFL and the refs should figure this thing out and resolve their issues. I am so glad this is what our President has been concerned about. What will he do now? Focus on the economy, jobs, international relations? I'm sure he will be at a loss.

#9 Games may actually run a normal 3 hour length of time
With 30+ penalties per team, per game, games have been running inordinately long. With the length and slow pace of the games, the naps I have taken while watching these games have been fantastic. What will I do now that everything will speed up and teams will have a chance to get a rhythm?

#8 Chaos on the field will be over.
Players were taking advantage of the replacement refs lack of control over the game and it seemed extra pushing, shoving, grabbing, piling on was becoming the norm. I have to admit it was kind of fun to watch. I will miss total insanity on the field.

#7 Coaches Eyes Will No Longer Be Popping Out Of Their Heads Every Play
Watching some NFL coaches in a regular season is very entertaining. Many of them have excellent acting ability and try to use it to their advantage at all times. Watching Bill Belichek, Jim Harbaugh, and Pete Carroll try to contain their frustrations and eyes bulging out of their heads in frustration has been incredibly funny the past few weeks. I will miss that.

#6 Watching Two Refs Watching The Same Play Make Different Calls Won't Happen Again
The interception call right next to the touchdown call. Fabulous. Have we ever witnessed such a thing in a professional NFL game? I think each and every one of us who call ourselves fans became an immediate expert on every NFL rule we have ever heard. My moment in the sun as a referee is now over.

#5 No More Dead Out Missing Entire Penalties
That single push at the end of the Packers-Seahawks games was one of the most blatant fouls I have ever seen that was not called. This was no simple push off. This was a two handed dead out penalty that without question should have been called. I was worked up for hours after seeing that missed call. What will I get excited about now?

#4 Refs Will Actually Know All The Rules
Several players and coaches made a point of stating that the replacement refs didn't really know all of the NFL rules. Many were reffing the games like is was college. Certainly made the game more interesting when the players and refs were playing by different rules. What fun will it be when they are all on the same page?

#3 NFL Teams No Longer Have The Excuse of Replacement Referees
Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots. Three long time top tier NFL teams. So far this year, each team has a losing record. Is it the replacement refs fault? Can say that up til now. From this point forward, its going to be because the teams are just not very good. Losing the easy out. So sad.

#2 What will Sports Coverage on Radio & TV Actually Talk About Now?
As a huge sports fan, I watch sports on TV constantly and listen to Sports radio in my car. With the replacement refs gone, what will all these people talk about now? Probably get back to the same old same old like actual player news, scores, injuries, blah, blah, blah.

#1 Replacement Refs Will Have No Way To Get NFL Autographs Anymore 
Replacement Refs will now have to actually buy NFL game tickets to watch games now. Poor replacement refs.

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10/3/12   |   jeromestix   |   1 respect

This article is great! I laughed so hard at #1. I am glad to see the real NFL refs back though.

9/27/12   |   Jess   |   35096 respect

(Edited by Jess)

I am definitely happy to have the real refs back too (believe it or not, as a Seahawks fan of all things), but they are far from perfect. They will be much better, no doubt, but I don't think people should be pretending that there have never been blown calls with regular officials - blatant ones at that. Even the king of kings, Hulk Hochuli, has screwed up a time or few. 

(And am I the only person who doesn't have a problem with the POTUS enjoying sports and voicing his opinions on things now and then? He's not a robot...I'm able to do my job adequately while enjoying sports or venting about things involving them occasionally, as are most people I know.)

9/27/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Yeah, because the real officials have never been under scrutiny for awful calls. The coin toss on Thanksgiving day never happened. Michael Irvin never pushed off once in his career. Well, not according to the real officials. The forward lateral in the music city miracle never happened. How many blown calls in Super Bowl XL? They basically handed the Steelers the Super Bowl. I could go on and on.