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Replacement referees…

The replacements refs and the coaches are the talk of every town right now, and for good reason. The replacement refs are not performing their job particularly well, and the coaches have been crossing the line in reaction to the replacement refs and their calls.

We shall star with the replacement referees. What in the heck was the NFL thinking bringing these amateurs in to referee the games? Most of these guys are worse than amateurs, and some of them seem to be new at being a referee in general. There are, of course, a couple of great refs in the group.

Alright! Lets get this show on the road! Replacements refs, how can you call a penalty on a guy that was 5+ yards away from the opposing player he supposedly committed the penalty against? Replacement refs, how can you call a penalty for helmet-to-helmet hits after the receiver took two direction-controlling steps but you did not however call almost any of the mid-air helmet-to-helmet collisions that occured in almost every single game and most ending with health concerns? Replacements refs, how can you let the coaches stand behind you and scream into your ear after you have already run 10+ yards down the field to get away from the last 30 seconds worth of solid screaming into your ear?

The replacement refs… As I was typing this, during the end of the Packers vs. Seahawks game, the refs made two mistakes in front of the whole country. A game winning touchdown, that first was offensive pass interference, and then an interception, but still ruled a touchdown. Oh but wait, it gets better, the ruling was reviewed, and confirmed to be a touchdown. Great win Seattle, close game, but dang that is a rough win to receive, and you did receive it. Tough loss Green Bay, that is rough, I wonder how many blown calls went your way during the game though, you did only score 12 points after all.

What are these refs thinking? One of them ran over and waved that the ball was caught, by who we don’t know, and the other ref that came running over put his arms up for a touchdown. What is going on here? Alright, lets put this aside for a moment. The overall problem here is that we have replacement refs to begin with. It doesn’t matter which side is unreasonable or who is to blame for the regular refs being locked out, what matters is they are not on the field. We complained about their calls, as we should and as we should continue doing, the regular refs should not expect us to lower our standards or expectations because of this. They should be on the field either way, considering the alternatives and the reactions they have been causing.

Alright, time to talk about the coaches. You can’t touch a referee. Eric Davis said it best of all the analysts I’ve heard so far, the NFL has a no tolerance policy and if a player touched a ref he would be suspended. Coaches have long been shown following a referee down the sideline while yelling at him, that isn’t something new. What’s new is refs in the middle of the field setting up the play that was about to be allowed to start, was being ridiculously called over to the sideline by a coach through nonstop waving over motions and yelling, and when told why a flag was thrown it was not until after pause and some random words that the coach said he was trying to call a timeout. This being the same guy who earlier, after confirming with the head referee of his decision about a penalty, when the referee was announcing the penalty he yelled back to the referee and got him to interupt his announcement, only to further his gripe, since the decision was the same. This being the only referee that up until this point in that game, had any real referee poise about him. Sad too because up until then in that game he was the best lead referee announcing penalties of all the replacement lead refs.

The coaches are only doing this because they think they can. I assure you, they cannot. Or rather, they will not continue to get away with it. As for the players I doubt the union would want to get into a tussle over this if the league started disciplining them further, considering how the union both used and were used by the players involved in the bounty scandal. Then again, maybe they do, this is the union we are talking about. Think about it for a few moments. Yeah, that union.

Someone needs to do something quick. Day 1, bring down chaos on the coaches and also slam a hammer down near the players. Day 2, announce you have come to terms with the regular refs. Day 3, you inform us of how the contract ensures the regular refs will get better as in more than they were doing before. Day 4, you confirm everything we’ve heard and that the NFL is back in order and football will be at the highest level once again.

The replacement referees botching the call and review at the end of the Lions vs. Titans game, is this weeks What Was That?

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