Replacement officials poised to work HOF game

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The NFL’s annual Hall of Fame game could launch a period of potential infamy in pro football.

Eleven years after a lockout of the game officials resulted in replacements for one regular-season game, another lockout could expose the game to something less than the best of the best referees and umpires and line judges and head linesmen and back judges and field judges.

Barring a highly unlikely settlement, it all gets started on Sunday night, when the Cardinals face the Saints.

While Commissioner Roger Goodell downplayed the situation during a Friday appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, former NFL V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira has been sounding the alarm.  On Wednesday’s Dan Patrick Show, Pereira reiterated his view that the situation could threaten the integrity of the game.

Pereira, who as Goodell pointed out actually took the striped shirt out of mothballs and got back on the field during the 2001 lockout, explained that the decision of Division I conferences to prevent their guys from moonlighting this time around means that the pool of replacements includes high-school officials, a pair of guys who were fired by the Pac-1o for poor performance, and officials from the Lingerie Football League.

As explained by Pereira, the financial gap between the non-lingerie version of pro football and the regular officials works out to $100,000 per team.  At a time when the Browns are being sold for $1 billion and the Packers have posted a record profit of more than $40 million, it’s hard not to think that the NFL should give.  Maybe not the full $100,000 per team, but enough to get this thing done.

Meanwhile, fans continue to not seem to care.  Many believe that the locked-out officials should be thrown out.  Others possibly aren’t bent out of shape because, if there are bad calls, there’s a chance that the bad calls will favor their favorite teams.

For the fans whose favorite teams are victimized by the bad calls of the third-tier-and-worse officials, the situation could quickly become a problem, starting a month from Sunday when the Cowboys and Giants get together at MetLife Stadium.

Regardless of who’s right and who’s wrong and who blinks and who bends, here’s hoping this gets resolved before the games that count kick off.

12 responses to “Replacement officials poised to work HOF game

  1. Eleven years after a lockout of the game officials resulted in replacements for one regular-season game, another lockout could expose the game to something less than the best of the best referees and umpires and line judges and head linesmen and back judges and field judges.
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    Or it could show us that there is actually something better than the garbage that we’ve had to put up with for years.

    I say bring on the replacements and let’s see what they do.

  2. “As explained by Pereira, the financial gap between the non-lingerie version of pro football and the regular officials works out to $100,000 per team.”

    Mr. Pereira

    32 (teams) x 100,000 (per team) = $3,200,000.00

    Split between how many officials?

    There are only 16 games possible per week and there are only 7 officials on the field.

    7 x 16 = 112 officials.

    $3,200,000.00 / 112 = $28,571.43 RAISE for each of these officials.

    Including preseason games – that’s a $1,428.57 RAISE per game.

    I would think there are qualified people that would be happy to make $1428.57 per game.

    And the current officials want that much more than they already make???

  3. Since Pereira decided to be one of the “scab” refs the last time there was an issue like this, I find any opposition he offers as hypocritical.

    Many fans don’t care because the “real” refs have been atrocious for a while now. Most of us understand that the officials do a fairly good job overall. We expect mistakes to be made and there will always be bad calls and non-calls. The officials over the last few years have increasingly made incredulous calls AFTER watching HD slo-mo replay–and those calls have resulted in changing the outcomes of several games. That is what is difficult to accept. If the real refs have negatively impacted the games on a regular basis, maybe the new refs won’t be all that much of a change. Identical plays have resulted in opposite rulings. That adds to the conspiracy angle by fans of the teams that got the bad deals.

  4. I challenge everyone who thinks they could officiate the NFL games to buy a ticket or somehow get sideline access to a scrimmage or pre-season game.
    Here you go … just prior to the snap what are the keys for the SJ? Who’s on the end of the line? Is he eligible or ineligible? Who do you cover when you have trips on your side of the field SJ? There’s a man in motion, who do you cover? The ball has been snapped, was the hit on the receiver before or after 5 yards? Was it legal or illegal contact?
    Mark my word, as an official for over 20 years, you all will be begging for the regulars

  5. I’m very concerned……you think they grow Jerome Bogars, Ed Hochulis, and Al Riverons on trees?

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