On Monday, the NFL Referees Association sent out a list of the errors made by the replacement officials in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game.
The league doesn’t seem to be swayed by the gesture.
“There are officiating errors in every game,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via email. “No one is perfect.”
A source with no horse in the fight thinks that the NFLRA should continue to scrutinize the officials, after the lockout is resolved.
“I wish the NFLRA also published that information on weekly basis about themselves,” said an employee with one of the NFL teams. “Actually, what they did was lame and quite hypocritical.”
That’s a great point. If the NFLRA is going to list the mistakes made by the replacement officials, there’s no basis for comparison unless the locked-out officials have their performances publicly scrutinized, too.
Maybe the replacements made more mistakes. Maybe fewer. Maybe the same. With only the data from the replacements available, there’s no way of knowing the truth.