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

This, of course, is also the league that forces a team like the Browns to travel to Baltimore for a Thursday night beating in two weeks, while not making the Ravens play a Thursday night road game to somehow balance out the unfairness of the Thursday schedule that everyone involved with the league despises.

I’m not shocked at all that this referee saga is two weeks-worth of games old.

After all, a couple of teams will fly to London later this season for a regular season game that neither team wants to play.

It all comes back to the league operating in this bubble where they assume none of us are really paying attention to what’s going on with their integrity level.

At some point soon, I think, the league and the referees – the good ones – will reach an agreement and order will be restored to the field of play.

Rest assured, though, you people in the ref-bashing club aren’t going to be satisfied when a deal is finally made and the “full-time” guys come back to work.

You weren’t happy two years ago or last season when the real refs made what you deemed “bad calls” or “had it out for the Ravens” when the team lost.

If you aren’t blaming Cam Cameron, you’re blaming the refs.

So, make no mistake about this:  When and if the “real” refs come back, you all will be griping about them, too, when there’s a late-game pass interference call that costs the Ravens a win in Kansas City on October 7 (for example).

The referees didn’t cost the Ravens a win on Sunday in Philadelphia.  The Ravens cost the Ravens a win, with shoddy pass coverage on the defensive side of the ball and a bizarre final minute or so when Harbaugh-Cameron-Flacco couldn’t move the ball 40 yards in 1:57 with two time-outs in their pocket.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better, trust me.  These part-time guys will continue to stink up the joint until a settlement is reached and the “real” refs get back on the field.

And as sure as the Ravens are going to throw on 3rd and 1, you’ll be crushing them within a week or two of their return.



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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