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 Post subject: SEAHAWKS GAME? WTF!!!
PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:09 am 
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I should have put NFR, but seriously, these replacement refs are terrible.

Wow, just wow.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:50 am 
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XFL needs to come back with the way this going or that a-hole Goddell needs to get his head out of his ass and get the refs back.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:24 am 
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It's really Arthur Blank and his cronies that are really at fault, or at least equally at fault. Somebody, whether it's Artie, Robert Kraft, Paul Allen, or RG1 has gotta step up and say Enough is Enough and get the regular guys back.

They don't call perfect games, but they clearly have a firm understanding of the rule book. It's one thing to blow a call because you just missed it. The human eye can register only so much. But it's completely different when you blow a call because you don't know the rule.

IMO, I believe the ref called that a TD because he was applying the collegiate rule that a tie goes to the offensive player. Which is the rule in the NFL with the caveat that if the defensive player establishes possession first, it's his ball. That was what clearly happened, and it's not like this was a call made at full speed. They reviewed it carefully, and still blew the call.

The whole situation is a clusterfudge. And it's ridiculous when you consider what Peter King wrote today, in that is basically like $3 million that separates them and the refs. Think about that when you consider it was a $1 billion that kept the owners and players apart, and this ref lockout has run about the same amount of time.

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Many of you wonder why the league can't solve this puzzle after getting the jillion-dollar CBA and TV deals done last year. A couple of reasons. Many of you think for 120 part-time officials to get an average of $38,250 per year in pension contributions is excessive. But the regular officials are simply trying to keep a benefit they've had for the last several years. The league contributed $5.3 million to officials' pensions last year and propose to contribute $2 million this year; the cut, the league says, is in keeping with pension plans around the country going to a 401k pension plan, subject to the whims of the stock market, rather than guaranteeing retirees a fixed return on their investments. What's $3 million to the NFL? That's only partially the point. The league has made many full-time employees take the lesser pension, so how can they give part-timers a better deal?

And the league wants a plug-and-play farm system of three officiating crews to be developed, so that if, say, a back judge is struggling or has to retire, the league will have an immediate replacement. The officials are balking at the reduction in job security.

It's only a matter of time before some gaffe like a 27-yard penalty or two extra challenges costs some team a game it should have won. I think the league is going to have to compromise more than it wants to. The alternative is just too ugly. We've seen the alternative play out too often over the last eight days.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/w ... z27SaWNJae

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:50 am 
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NFL gets more like the Mob with every passing day. They don't like being challenged. The dollar difference is chump change. I don't think that is the point. They see it as a "slippery slope" that would show weakness. The league is in trouble with multiple serious PR issues but, as S Young mentioned post Falcs on MNF, as long as there is demand they don't care. Ten years from now they will, IMO.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:43 am 
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I agree with you bnb, but it's so hypocritical. Roger Goodell is out to "protect the shield" and he's not doing it. I know that it's not like 500,000 won't show up to this week's games as a result. Maybe they incur a 2% loss or something from this, which when you're a multi-billion dollar industry is not really a big deal.

But it just seems impossible for me to fathom that the 31 NFL owners will sit idly by after last night's incident, and do nothing.

Their actions are hurting the game. For them to take a stance that they might be ok to lose battles like that in order to win the war (against the ref union) is redonkulus. Of all the things people have accused Arthur Blank of being, doing, etc. that IMO would be the most egregious and indefensible thing he's done.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:18 am 
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http://blog.seattlepi.com/football/2012 ... ow-in-nfl/

you expect these guys to pay attention? :shock:

this gem, tho:"Because of the LFL’s perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game but to keep our athletes safer. Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL." :rofl:

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