These replacement refs have missed a few calls, but so do the union refs.
If you want to know what all of the hate is about, you need not look further than this headline from mediaite:
Scabs Removed: NFL Finally Embraces Sanity, On Verge Of Deal With Real Referees
It wasn’t long ago there were more than a few who thought NFL Commissioner Roger Goodellwould make a fine President.
He was respected, even feared.
He knew how and when to use his authority.
Pretty good looking guy, too…
The 53-year-old is even married to a former FOX News anchor, Jane Skinner.
Politics are in his DNA: His father, Charles, replaced Robert Kennedy in the Senate following his assassination.
Few would argue that he presides over the most profitable, most revered, most entertaining product America has to offer outside of Apple.
But in what has been a disastrous week that may define his legacy, Goodell and the league have seemingly caved to the public relations disaster resulting from Seattle’s “win” over Green Bay Monday night, courtesy of the worst call in modern history by replacement referees.
Reports out of New York say enough progress in negotiations has been made between the league and the NFL Referees Association that the likelihood of the real officials returning in time to work this week’s games is high. Whether that means as early as this Thursday’s game (Browns-Ravens) remains to be seen.
Usually the end of a labor dispute is a good thing for both sides and particular the guy at running the show. But given the way the end of this negotiation played out (PR disaster suddenly followed by a willingness for resolution from the side that usually owns all leverage), and the permanent damage the episode has done to Goodell’s once-sterling reputation, the Commissioner is suddenly about as invincible as the Steelers defense.
Still, it seems like only yesterday when Goodell could do no wrong.
When he suspended Michael Vick indefinitely for running a reprehensible dogfighting ring, we cheered. When he levied record fines against the Pats and stripped them of draft picks for Spygate, same reaction. And when the Saints bounty program was revealed, he dealt with it swiftly and without ambiguity (long suspensions for players, coaches and even the general manager) regardless of criticism.
“He don’t play,” Michael Vick once said about Goodell. And with that kind of reputation, perhaps the Commish thought he could bully the real refs into making a deal as well.
But what happened next turned out to be the lowest point for the league since replacement players were used during the ‘87 strike.
From the outset, players quickly began to disrespect the authority of the replacements. Fights were breaking out all over the league, even extending one Monday night into an unwatchable four-hour-plus marathon. Many, particularly on defense, tried and mostly succeeded in getting away with blatant hits and violations.
Problem was, in a world of big screens and HD, the fans at home playing referee were watching all of this unfold before them, much to their disgust.
Know this: Never has the outcome of a regular season game like Monday night’s made the top of the so many cable news cold opens (and during a heated Presidential campaign, no less)… Keep Reading