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NFL, locked-out officials meeting Friday

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Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the end of the player lockout.  Friday could be the day that the officials lockout begins to move toward a conclusion.

Dan McNeil of WSCR radio, a special contributor to the Chicago Tribune, reports that the NFL and the officials will meet Friday in Washington.  It’ll be the first face-to-face negotiations since the lockout began on June 3.

Here’s hoping that the renewed talks result in a new agreement.  With Division I conferences unwilling to allow their officials to moonlight, NFL games will be in less-than-competent hands.

There are officials with high school experience only,” former NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira recently wrote at FOXSports.com, via McNeil.  “There are officials who were dropped from their college conferences. Three officials from the Pac-12 Conference that were not rehired this season for performance reasons are now going to work [NFL] games.”

Periera previously has said that using replacement officials will compromise the integrity of the game.  And he’s right.  Thus, the stewards of the game need to work this out, before we end up with pro football games officiated by the likes of Larry the Cable Guy’s less-intelligent brother.

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  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    You have to feel for the ref in the picture. It’s like the high pressure experience he got in that Vikings/Saints game means nothing at all. Luckily he was able to pocket enough from that game to undergo laser eye surgery and extensive cosmetic dental work. In addition to the apartment complex he now owns.

  2. cosanostra71 says: Jul 26, 2012 9:56 PM

    that picture was unnecessary

  3. glad4sgone says: Jul 26, 2012 10:03 PM

    I haven’t kept up on what the beef is between the two sides, although I’m guessing its money. In any case, I sincerely hope they can come to some resolution, and soon. I firmly believe that NFL refs are the best of any sports. Now that moonlighting is apparently out, I can envision NFL games quickly becoming a comedy of errors with bargain bin refs.

  4. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 26, 2012 10:07 PM

    I hope the regular officials are ready to go on opening night but please can they ditch Jerome Bogar and Jeff Triplette? Those guys are terrible!

  5. sixburghrules says: Jul 26, 2012 10:24 PM

    Hey Larry the Cable Guy is actually a pretty smart guy!

  6. sfsaintsfan says: Jul 26, 2012 10:39 PM

    thegreatgabbert says: Jul 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    “You have to feel for the ref in the picture. It’s like the high pressure experience he got in that Vikings/Saints game means nothing at all. Luckily he was able to pocket enough from that game to undergo laser eye surgery and extensive cosmetic dental work. In addition to the apartment complex he now owns.”

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    I totally agree. In that game those lousy officials called 5 penalties on the Vikings for 32 yards and 9 penalties for 88 yards on the Saints. They were terrible…….

  7. funktron2x says: Jul 26, 2012 11:06 PM

    That this isn’t the biggest story of this NFL offseason goes to show just how much our society has devolved in a rubbernecking, ambulance chasing mass of drama addicts. This is a major, major issue, but all the arrests and the drama surrounding Bountygate have pushed the most impactful issue down the list. Ugly, if you ask me.

  8. ecarlso8 says: Jul 26, 2012 11:22 PM

    Fire them all.

  9. arzcardinals says: Jul 26, 2012 11:33 PM

    Get rid of that picture!!! Insulting the officials is not right. I’ve seen with back up refs and it’s bad. Back up
    Refs can’t see the game at all! Respect the best refs the game has to offer. Honestly the year we had back up refs they altered the game so much I couldnt stand it. The back up refs ruined the game. Season ticket holders will lose it with these fools. Look at the tapes…games where u see bottles thrown on the field wee all done by scrub refs. I’ll add it’s an insult to the players and coaches to have scrub refs. They can’t see the game well enough….get the freaking deal done.

  10. bleedinggreenngold says: Jul 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    Throw some cheerleaders in pin stripes and get on with it.

  11. sportmentary says: Jul 26, 2012 11:51 PM

    I sure hope that they resolve this thing. It will be horrible mess with replacements.

  12. larryjames836 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:21 AM

    The teams owners need to find some good people’s to work in the NFL HeadQuarters and fire the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL never been this messed up without professional referees the games are going to be a big mess the owners must do something about all of this junk. Before game day start.

  13. ecarlso8 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:26 AM

    the refs are overrated, we could bring in the best young NCAA officials at half the price and not miss a beat.

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