Absurd On Its Face
If you have been following the NFL preseason then you have noticed a major change in the quality of refereeing. This is because the real NFL referees are on strike with contract negotiations while the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell and the buffoons around him have implemented “replacement” refs to start the season. Negotiations and bickering have been going back and forth for months with the real officials demanding minimal per game pay raises to compensate for the NFL’s new rules and regulations. It’s an obvious truth that the NFL cares way more about money that the actual integrity of the game with their unwillingness to cater to the minimal demands from the professionals that keep the games in order. If you have ever watched a regular season NFL game, you would see and know the amount of pressure and work it takes to be a referee. With the NFL Referees Association yet to reach an agreement, Goodell has stated that the 2012-13 NFL season can feasibly start with the current replacement refs.
The main argument being used by the NFLPA (NFL Players Association) and the NFLRA (NFL Referees Association) is that Goodell and his cohorts have been preaching player safety as their number one concern. I, as well as many others, find it crazy that the people who have been trained their entire career to protect the players and maintain a safe and healthy competitive environment to play football are the ones whom Goodell thinks are expendable. The NFLPA executive director, DeMaurice Smith, claims that Goodell is further endangering the players by letting these replacement refs be in charge of these NFL games. Smith, in an interview with SI.com, stated “In America it is the employer’s obligation to provide as safe a working environment as possible. We believe that if the National Football League fails in that obligation, we reserve the right to seek any relief that we believe is appropriate. The NFL has chosen to prevent the very officials that they have trained, championed and cultivated for decades to be on the field to protect players and — by their own admission — further our goal of enhanced safety. That is absurd on its face.”
Let me just start by saying that “absurd on its face” is now my go-to phrase for this NFL season. Having said that, Smith is spot on with his accusations. I feel that every player on the field has their safety at jeopardy because if you have watched these replacement refs in action, you would know they are nowhere near prepared to handle the intensity that the professional football level has to offer. I mean in the few preseason games I have watched, I’ve seen more botched calls and official huddle ups then I had ever seen in my life. When the head official during the Jets-Panthers game this past Sunday night was announcing calls, it seemed as if he was trembling so bad that I can only assume he was soiling himself throughout the game. The coaches and players haven’t been speaking out too much on their own about the replacement refs during the preseason, but I can assure you that the second the regular season starts, every loss will be blamed on the sub-par reffing and every game will have an asterisks on it because of Goodell’s moronic negotiation tactics.
Roger Goodell is a hypocritical moron. He preaches on and on about how much he values player safety and how he is a players’ commissioner. Well Roger, we are calling you out on your BS. You are completely making a mockery of the NFL by putting replacement referees in charge of the games to start the regular season. Unless you are trying to make a sequel to the classic Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman movie, “The Replacements,” then you should take some money from your annual $11 million salary and spread it between the officials that actually do something for the sport that we all love so much. The first NFL game has its kickoff in about a week, which is plenty of time to fix what you have nearly screwed up for every football fan in the world. Fix this now and all is forgiven, but if you don’t, you can expect my next article to not be so friendly.