Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Playing in the NFL Twilight Zone

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When the replacement refs were officiating in the pre-season, I realized the 2012 NFL season was doomed if they continued into the regular season. Jokingly, I commented "Great, get ready for a Vikings/Cincy Super Bowl". I seriously did not mean it.

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I have seen almost every game have completely wrong calls. And several games were won/lost because  of calls. When it was announced that retired officials would be monitoring the games to try and reduce wrong and missed calls, I was only half relieved. Apparently, this idea still did not work.

The Saints have lost two games due to the calls of the refs. Putting that aside to prove that actually this isn't a "The NFL is against the Saints" post, I saw 3 games this week alone that were called wrong. The Detroit/Tennessee game on Sunday for instance. A penalty was called on Lions linebacker, Tulloch, and the refs re-set the ball from the wrong 44 yard line! This error resulted in Tennessee kicking the winning field goal because they were moved closer than they were supposed to be. The New England/Baltimore game on Sunday Night Football is questionable. Depending on the angle of the camera, the field goal may/may not have been good. The ultimate screw up was in the Monday Night Football game between Green Bay and Seattle. Nevermind the fact that Tate pushed off of a Green Bay defender that should have been called offensive pass interference and ended the game, it was obvious that the ball was intercepted in the end zone. In any case, no way should Seattle have won this game. This is just a few of the messed up calls that refs allowed to happen this week.

This is all in addition to the messed up flags/calls I saw in the previous weeks. I mean extra time outs, 5th downs, and more. When will this madness end?

I kind of feel bad for the replacement refs. They were thrown into a situation totally unprepared. They had no idea how to officiate in the NFL. But Goodell and the owners were all about saving that dollar. They were also intimidated and taken advantage of by players and coaches. There were several times I saw a player do something that they know is wrong, its just they wanted to see if they could get away with it. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.

Personally, I don't think any team should settle for their current record. I think the league should wipe everyone down to 0-0 and start over having only 13 games this season. If they won or lost based on their playing performance alone, then yes they should've had that win/loss. However, if officiating changed the game, why should teams be punished for Goodell's screw up?



Sources:

Replacement officials' errors spark controversy in Week 3

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