I get it, a blown call, or blown calls on the final play of last night’s football game cost the Packers a win. But, that ignores the two biggest truths about the NFL ref lockout. First, wins and losses are not the biggest problem the replacement refs pose. Second, last night’s play never should have happened.
Yes, wins and losses are important, but the biggest problem the replacement refs pose is an increased risk of injury. If you’ve been watching the games, you have seen helmet-to-helmet hits gone uncalled, handchecking like we haven’t seen in years (including on that final play last night) and just a generally physicality beyond normal NFL standards. Someone is going to get hurt because the NFL won’t put the real refs on the field. In a sport without guaranteed contracts, that is a HUGE deal. Guys could lose their livelihoods because of this stupid impasse.
That’s my biggest concern with the ref lockout, I am really afraid that we will see someone seriously hurt because of the replacement refs. My sympathies for Green Bay don’t extend very far. That’s because the Green Bay defenders failed to execute the most basic of protection against a Hail Mary- they failed to knock the ball to the ground. That’s a mistake I don’t think Green Bay, or any team will make again.