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Do the NFL need to get the real Referees Back ASAP ? NFL replacement referees deserve the criticism they are getting !

Jeff King 2012/09/25 04:16:16
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	This replacement referee barely keeps things from getting out of hand Sunday night in Patriots-Ravens game but sub officials and NFL are rapidly losing control of the situation.

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This replacement referee barely keeps things from getting out of hand Sunday night in Patriots-Ravens game but sub officials and NFL are rapidly losing control of the situation.



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The NFL was busy Monday reviewing the wrong tapes, fining coaches John Fox and Jack Del Rio tens of thousands of dollars just for doing the right thing - ripping and confronting the replacement refs, who disgrace themselves every time they step on the field.

It’s getting ugly out there, suddenly.

Bill Belichick is spotted chasing a ref across the field, grabbing at him. Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is knocked out cold on a helmet-to-chin hit, with no whistle. Pats linebacker Brandon Spikes is tweeting that the refs should go back to Foot Locker.

The fans in Baltimore are chanting curses aimed at the officials that are carried uncensored over the air by NBC, embarrassing everyone, maybe violating FCC policy. If Roger Goodell and owners thought they could get away with this nonsense for another month, then this past weekend surely opened some eyes and wallets.

Even if a deal comes down now, finally, the replacement refs are likely to officiate this next weekend, another set of games transformed into farce. Two or three results are being sabotaged every Sunday. There are late whistles being blown all over the field, at everything, as the refs try to cover their backs. Holding calls, always difficult to make, have become entirely random. While the players gave replacement officials the benefit of the doubt at first, that is no longer the case. All credibility is lost. Every call will be doubted, argued, from here until a settlement arrives.

And as the abuse rains down on these guys, we should all remember: They deserve the treatment, every last boo.

You know how we keep hearing that it’s just the league’s fault, not the replacement refs who are to blame? How these Division II refs are doing the best they can, under difficult circumstances?

Well, it’s time they share the dishonor in this, right alongside the commissioner.

Nobody forced these replacements to step in and babysit the jobs of the regular referees who have been locked out. They wanted the glory and a few extra bucks, they should take the verbal abuse that comes along with it.

This may not be coal mining, and maybe we’re talking about a group of locked-out workers who earned an average of $149,000 last year with a limited workload. But the concept remains the same: You take someone’s job during a labor action, even for a few weeks, you are working to cut that employee’s pay. You are diminishing his job and threatening a career.

The replacement refs ought to be booed for enabling this lockout, and we ought to root for them to fail miserably.

The more blown calls, the more likely an agreement. The NFL Players Association is right to ratchet up the pressure. Coaches like Fox and Del Rio, ordered by league officials at halftime last week to restrain themselves, are correct for throwing such public tantrums.

The league can penalize coaches, shut them down. It can’t fine the fans, though.

They should all come to MetLife Stadium for the Jets’ game on Sunday, and continue what the Packer fans started during the very first scrimmage up in Green Bay. The fans should boo the refs as they enter the field, and jeer them every time they make lousy calls against the Jets.

There will be plenty of those, along with capricious whistles against the Niners.

Even if it’s just for one more week, the crowds overpaying for NFL tickets should let the owners and referees know exactly what they think of this nonsense, so it doesn’t happen yet again.

Remember how the owners actually counted the replacement player games in 1987, turned an entire season into a joke? This is getting very nearly as silly, only with a lot less money at stake.

Football, at its best, is organized chaos. With these refs, there’s nothing organized about it.

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