You people don’t like the part-time refs…and last year you didn’t like the full-time refs.

September 18, 2012 | Drew Forrester

My, my, my…I do love hearing and reading fans in Baltimore clamor for the “real referees” in the NFL.

These are the same “good” refs you folks usually bash week in and week out when they’re doing the games.  Now, with the lockout, we’re seeing this group of replacement officials try to run around and keep some on-field sanity over 60 minutes.

To my eyes, they’re failing.

But I expected them to fail.  You can’t take part-time dentists and ask them to take over your appointment schedule and do a full-blown root canal and expect it to go flawlessly.

If you take the guys who load bags on planes at BWI and asked them to open up the belly of the plane and fix one of the loose wheels, they wouldn’t be able to do it.  They’d probably try hard.  But they wouldn’t be able to fix it.  (I can hear it now:  “You guys are around airplanes all day…why can’t you fix that wheel?”)

Here’s the truth:  The replacement officials in the NFL stink.  The players know it — so that’s why they’re trying even more chicanery during the games. The league, two weeks in, must have already come to grips with the fact that this group of the officials can’t do the job week in and week out.  How else can you explain that no deal has been struck yet to bring back the real referees?

“Yeah, these guys are awful, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that we’re in the middle of a negotiation.  There’s always collateral damage in situations like this — and in the case of the first two weeks, that damage is our product.  But that’s just the way it goes.”  Can’t you just hear Roger Goodell whispering that behind closed doors to his underlings?

There’s no question this whole mess is an embarrassment to the league.  And if there’s any point to keep harping on with regard to the current group of refs, it’s not that they’re terrible.  The point to drive home is this:  The NFL should be truly ashamed at how they’re trotting out an inferior product through two weeks of the 2012 season and having important games decided by their inadequate (temporary) employees.

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11 Comments For This Post

  1. bill Says:

    The only thing worse than the officiating in the league is you, Drew. You’re the worst there is. (DF: I don’t know, the eggs in the press box in Philly were pretty awful on Sunday. Much worse than the officiating. In my opinion.)

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Check my previous posts out. All refs suck .But the league and its billions need to settle this strike. Increase cokes or hamburgers and get the other losers back.

  3. justafan Says:

    The ineptitude of the replacement officials should make everyone appreciate just how good the regular officials really are. Sure, they make bad calls occasionally, but they do a much better job of controlling the game, and most importantly, they know the rules. The replacement officials get totally confused when it comes to spotting the ball and there seems to be complete chaos after almost every play. The third quarter of the Ravens- Eagles game took about an hour to play due primarily to their bewilderment.
    In truth, the Ravens lost the game because they became too pass-happy, especially in the second half. Six times they had either a third or fourth down with less than two yards to go, and instead of running the ball, they passed, and on all six occasions, they failed to get a first down. The Ravens have people who can run the ball; they should try using them.

  4. Mike from Carney Says:

    What about that one ref that was a big time Saints fan, and he almost officiated THAT game? LOL (DF: Hilarious. Key word, though: ALMOST. At least the NFL had the brains to replace that inept guy with another inept guy who wasn’t a Saints fan.)

  5. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Sort of like Obama operating in a bubble assuming no one is paying attention to what is going on, sorry Obama, we ALL are paying attention to your mistakes.

  6. waspman Says:

    “You folks”? I love it when a radio doodle gets x-number of calls one week (or day or some stretch of time) saying something and x-number of calls saying something else some other week, it is then assumed by the radio doodle these are the same “folks” that called both weeks. It really says more about the radio doodle than whatever point is trying to be made.

    There is also a difference between a key blown call made on a given play in a given game and a group of officials who huddled more than the two teams they are officiating. As for the former, there are always going to be people who want officals to “swallow the whistle” when the game comes to crunch time while others who want something called two minutes into a game to be called with two minutes to go.

    As for the latter, the league officals, team officials, players, coaches, etc. all want to be professional while fans have their own stock invested. It would follow everyone should want the same professionalism to exist with those who actually administer the game.

    That’s a distinction that’s fairly easy to see, isn’t it? Or is it just easier to tag a “you folks” to everything? (DF: I read what you wrote four times and still don’t get your point. You people sure are tough to understand sometimes…)

  7. eric Says:

    Damn Bill you’re slipping. Drew put it on a tee for you: The only thing more embarrassing than Goodell allowing this is Nestor allowing you’re fat, ugly, no talent butt on the radio. See Bill that’s how it’s done.

  8. eric Says:

    And I even spelled you’re the incorrect way for ya Bill.

  9. Over40Don Says:

    Drew, thank the lord you have these guys keeping tabs on you. Bill and Eric 2 peas, same pod. oh and waspman what’s he all about? shame Bob in Parkville won’t join the current century and learn the internet. (DF: Every circus needs a clown or two, Don. Bill and Eric wear the big feet and the red nose and juggle balls for the kids.)

  10. Eddie Says:

    Whatever is wrong with these referees the League should never give in to exstortion of the regular refs.and their Union. If they do give in for a short term solution the NFL could very well end up like General Motors , Bankrupt.

  11. justafan Says:

    As long as they don’t get bailed out by Obama.

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