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Latest lockout puts game, players at risk

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The regular season starts soon, and there’s no reason to think that the lockout of the officials will be ending any time soon.

And that’s not a good thing.

It’s time for the two sides to work this out.  They’re not so far apart that a middle ground can’t be found.

It needs to be found.  Now.

I could go on.  But I already did go on for three minutes and change in a special mini-edition of PFT (Not) Live.

So here it is, if you want to better understand a situation that you may not care about now, but that you definitely will care about when your favorite team is on the receiving end of a crappy call in Week One or thereafter.

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14 Responses to “Latest lockout puts game, players at risk”
  1. frzerbowlsurvivor says: Aug 17, 2012 5:42 PM

    The solution in place at this time is horrible. Uncomfortably and embarrasingly bad when you see a flag and the resulting confusion which ensues.

    The face mask call on the Falcons last night was simply a horrfic example of how bad. The mix up of college rules vs. pros (see Bengals vs Jets) is another example of how the replacements are in over their heads.

    The NFL brand will suffer big time if this goes to the regular season.

  2. illiniftw says: Aug 17, 2012 6:11 PM

    1. The refs are paid well for a part time job

    2. From what I understand get a retirement package from said part time job

    3. The refs don’t want another crew of officials that are trained to be used if a crew underperforms

    Just because the NFL has a lot of money does not mean they need to just cave in and pay anyone that feels they deserve more. The NFL has already outlined a plan to increase ref pay, the refs just feel they deserve more.

    Besides, the NFL needs to save money to fight the lawsuits they face every time the NFLPA gets a stick up its butt

  3. RUAHORNH8R says: Aug 17, 2012 6:16 PM

    That face mask call was pretty ugly! I could not see (other than when he put his head downward) where they came up with that!
    I am not one who thinks it is soo bad, I think they are doing fine!

  4. tbtrojan says: Aug 17, 2012 6:18 PM

    Well we know which side of this Mike is on.

    Problem is the “real” refs suck so much I’d rather they just dump them and start over.

    People say things like “So here it is, if you want to better understand a situation that you may not care about now, but that you definitely will care about when your favorite team is on the receiving end of a crappy call in Week One or thereafter.” (thanks for the quote Mike) but the problem is the refs have been blowing calls and costing teams games for years now, they are useless, there is no other word for it.
    It’s not a new thing, you only have to look at how the Seahawks had to face the Steelers and the refs in the Super Bowl all those years ago. TD for Ben even though he himself didn’t think he’d scored.

  5. sixburghrules says: Aug 17, 2012 6:31 PM

    Florio you are so biased toward the refs on this one it is glaring! These guys make way more money than they should already. They make more in the 17 week season than over 50% of the working people in the US make in a year! Not to mention if they ref in the playoffs.

    The real refs are not much better with making their calls or even being consistent with their calls. What they should be asking for in their new contract is a little more CHEESE to go with their WHINE!

  6. wcman says: Aug 17, 2012 6:39 PM

    Agreed with the posts talking about how bad the regular refs are. There have been some glaringly bad moments from the replacements like the Touchback that wasn’t in Buffalo and the Facemask that wasn’t last night, but overall I wouldn’t know the new guys from the old ones if I wasn’t beaten over the head with it by the media every 10 seconds. The fact is the NFL has had some of the worse officiating in sports for a long time and the league is trying to do something about it by making it a fulltime position. If they have to start over with new people to achieve it, then so be it. It wasn’t working the way it was.

  7. melikefootball says: Aug 17, 2012 6:39 PM

    Not bad pay for part time.T hey have made some plunders in games and it is easy to point to one individual call and say the replacements are doing bad. What I do like is as crews the replacements, they call what they see where as the normal refs had reputations of calling only certain things and letting others go.

  8. natelan69 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:58 PM

    We need the REAL refs on the field ASAP.

    The first time one of these jokers makes a bad call on my time to lose a game, I’m going to lose it.

  9. mwindle1973 says: Aug 17, 2012 7:02 PM

    In complete agreement here!

  10. sixburghrules says: Aug 17, 2012 7:55 PM

    natelan69 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:58 PM

    We need the REAL refs on the field ASAP.

    The first time one of these jokers makes a bad call on my time to lose a game, I’m going to lose it.
    _______________________
    No we don’t the replacement refs will be just as good by the end of the season

  11. mrpilsner says: Aug 17, 2012 7:56 PM

    In complete disagreement here!

  12. moth25 says: Aug 17, 2012 8:03 PM

    So I assume when (if) this thing gets settled and the ‘regular’ refs are back PFT will continue to highlight all the asinine calls that are made? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  13. crazybeardedjack says: Aug 17, 2012 8:09 PM

    Jeez Florio, are you on the NFLRA payroll or is this pro bono work ?

  14. blackngold4877 says: Aug 17, 2012 9:36 PM

    Let’s not act like the real refs don’t screw up calls every single game. Hell they handed Pittsburgh a Superbowl and tried their best to get Peyton Manning there every year until the Colts finally did it.

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