Missing The Point

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.

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  • blmeanie  On September 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I am most upset that I read all over the place people (players, writers, etc.) claiming this season will have an asterisk on it…Falcons are playing extremely well and positioned to make a significant run with a very balanced team. Hate to have an asterisk attached to a potentially very good season.

    Patriots got jobbed in the outcome, not on the calls on that last drive but on the drive that the Ravens scored the touchdown in the 4th. Mystical defensive holding on a failed 3rd down giving them a drive continuing first down then the touchdown to pull within 2.

    I keep reminding friends at work though, it isn’t like nobody complained about the old refs. Every game there were complaints/fines too.

    • nysportsfanatic  On September 26, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I don’t see any reason why this season should have an asterisk. Sure the replacement refs are terrible, but they are terrible for everyone.

      The Falcons are off to a great start and if they keep going, prevent one of their best players from going on a cocaine binge before the Super Bowl and then win it, they have won it fair and square.

  • blmeanie  On September 26, 2012 at 10:54 am

    very nice reference, well done.

    The one thing about the replacements that would help the situation – if the head referee was someone with some reasonable experience, from Div I somehow. The head guy needs to step up and lead the rest of them, restore some order somehow. They are deer in headlights like all the secondary refs are.

    • nysportsfanatic  On September 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, I try 😉

      I think that’s an excellent point. If they had someone in charge who knew what he was doing, that would be a HUGE boost.

      Luckily, it sounds like they are going to settle this today.

  • blmeanie  On September 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

    forgot one other point – I’ve heard this situation compared to Reagan and the air traffic controllers. Only issue is no planes went down because of Reagan firing and replacing all the air traffic controllers. A “plane” went down Monday night in the NFL.

    • nysportsfanatic  On September 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      Yeah, I agree there really isn’t a parallel.

      I also don’t feel sorry for the regular refs. They make over $150,000 a year to work what, 20 weekends? But, they are clearly needed back at their jobs.

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