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Here’s an idea: Don’t enter the stadium until after kick-off on Thursday night

Posted on 25 September 2012 by Drew Forrester

As fate would have it, the next game on the NFL schedule takes place in Baltimore this Thursday night.

That means, of course, the national spotlight will center on M&T Bank Stadium when the Ravens take on the Cleveland Browns.

In the aftermath of Monday night’s thievery in Seattle, where the Seahawks (now 2-1*) were gifted a game by the replacement officials, I’m suggesting that Baltimore stand up and make a statement this Thursday night.

This will never happen, of course, because people by nature are afraid to be daring, but I think the ultimate kick-to-the-family jewels for the NFL would be to have their own TV network be forced to show the opening kick-off with NO ONE in the stadium.

That’s right — I’m suggesting all 70,000 fans do not enter the seating section of the stadium until after the ball has been kicked-off.

I’ll hear all of your silly complaints about “not hurting the Ravens” and all that other malarkey, but none of that stuff is as important as the real meat of the issue:  the NFL is not a legitimate sporting league right now.

If you’re attending Thursday’s game, you have the chance to be part of a peaceful demonstration of sorts.  You can file in quietly and safely after the kick-off.  No need to rush to your seats.  No running.  No pushing, no shoving (don’t worry, that stuff wouldn’t be called by the refs anyway.)  Just hang around in the concourse, drink a beer, have a burger, and when the ball gets kicked-off, make your way to your seat.

I would absolutely love to see the NFL Network be forced to show — even by accident — an empty stadium to start Thursday night’s game.

And please, please, please don’t tell me how this could “hurt” the Ravens.  They’re playing the freakin’ Browns.  They could spot them a 16-point lead and beat them by 10 if they want.

Stand up and be counted.

Don’t be a pansy.

If you have a ticket to the game on Thursday night, don’t enter the seating area until the game has started.

And for the 3rd time, I completely understand how some of you will throw the “this hurts the Ravens” comment at me.  Save your breath and your typing energy.  If the Ravens can’t beat the Browns simply because the fans didn’t enter the stadium until three minutes elapsed in the game, something is really wrong with the Ravens, not with the fans.

Stand up for the Packers, who were completely cheated out of a win on Monday night.

Stand up for yourself, the people buying tickets and jerseys and supporting the sponsors of NFL programming on television.

Stand up, frankly, for the Ravens, who might be the next team to get jobbed out of a game in a couple of weeks when some goof calls a touchdown in Kansas City on the final play when Ed Reed clearly had the ball before Dwayne Bowe.

Or you can just continue to let the league punch you in the face and head to the stadium early and get to your seat in plenty of time for kick-off, which is precisely what the NFL expects you will do on Thursday night.

They know you all too well.  They know you don’t have the balls to do something about the referee fiasco.  If you did, you’d help make the place empty at kick-off on Thursday night.

Send a message.

Make it peaceful.

Just walk in late and say to Roger Goodell and the rest of the people around the country watching the game on the NFL Network, “Baltimore will stand up and be counted.”



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Ripping Refs Is For Losers

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Thyrl Nelson

We need to put this situation with the NFL officials to bed quickly…period.

By saying that I’m not suggesting that the league needs to cave into the demands of the referees’ union (although that’s what I have been saying all along). What I am suggesting is that the players need to forget that the officials on the field are replacements and just play ball. Until further notice the replacement officials are the officials and no amount of whining, complaining or otherwise is going to change that. Funny that for all of the complaining that the players, players union etc have done regarding the replacement officials, the one thing we haven’t heard from them is a willingness make up the difference and help bridge the gap that exists between what the refs want and what the league is offering.


Officiating is pretty easy to judge no matter who’s doing it. When your team wins a close game the referees were great (or at least competent) and when your team loses a close game the refs were incompetent. Let’s not start trying to paint some overly romantic, revisionist history portrait of the officials that aren’t there as if we had any respect for them or their calls while they were.


Being new, it’s a certainty that officials are going to have growing pains. Of course they’ll be slower. And since everyone is aware that they’re replacements everyone is on high alert for their mistakes and deficiencies. Game announcers are looking for mistakes to point out and players are constantly barking at our about the replacement officials any time the action in the game isn’t going their way.


It’s become the norm that after any NFL game decided by a small margin, the referees will be taken to task. We as fans have grown to expect it. We expect it on talk radio, on Twitter, on the message boards and on the highlight shows. We didn’t however expect it from the players in the locker room before this season…not if they wanted to keep their full game checks that is.


I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I agreed with everything the officials did in the Ravens game against the Eagles on Sunday (far from it actually). But I never agree with everything the officials do when the Ravens lose a close one. Remember the Terrell Suggs “head slap” on Kerry Collins a few years ago? Remember the Torrey Smith holding call against the Steelers last year on a would-be Ray Rice TD?


That said, I’m also not going to sit here and pretend that I’m not more concerned (far more concerned in fact) with the players’ insinuations during and after the game that the referees had somehow cost them the game or had it out for them. Remember Bart Scott’s penalty flag toss into the stands against the Patriots in 2007? Bad call…perhaps. Indication that a team was set to melt down…absolutely.


Here are 5 non-officiating related reasons why the Ravens lost to the Eagles on Sunday:

1. The offensive line couldn’t stop the pass rush


Joe Flacco was forced to throw under duress for the majority of the night. Maybe it was the Ravens abandonment of the hurry-up that has served them so well through the pre-season and in week one, or maybe the Eagles just have real talent at rushing the passer. Whatever the cause, the Ravens offensive line couldn’t hold off the Philly rush and the result was a stagnant offense. The Eagles made the offensive line of the Ravens on Sunday look like what we feared they would be, makeshift and patchwork. Meanwhile Philly down to their only 5 healthy offensive linemen did a marvelous job of keeping the pass rush away from Michael Vick, particularly in the second half.

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