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Chris Kluwe continues to question the NFL’s replacement refs

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has emerged as perhaps the most vocal critic of the NFL’s replacement officials. And he’s not stopping.

Kluwe went on Twitter after the Vikings’ preseason game on Friday and ripped the officials who worked the game, and with a few days to think it over, Kluwe said today that he stands by everything he says: He thinks the replacements stink, and the regular officials need to be brought back. Now.

“It’s one of those things where you just look out there and it’s like the difference between having a high-school guy play in the NFL versus an NFL guy playing in the NFL,” Kluwe said Tuesday, via FoxSportsNorth.com. “The speed’s totally different. Those guys are trying hard, but they’re just not used to the speed of the game and they’re missing a lot of stuff.”

Kluwe pointed out that one bad call could be the difference between a team winning the Super Bowl and missing the playoffs.

“Look at last year, the Giants, the eventual Super Bowl champions, they were one game out from not making the playoffs,” Kluwe said. “So if you get one bad call that takes a game the complete other way, the entire season’s different. It’s much more of a sprint in the NFL, as opposed to other sports where it’s a marathon. So I don’t think the league can afford to have a mistake like that because then one of those playoff bubble teams might not get in.”

The NFL may not take kindly to players ripping the officials, and he said it was “recommended that we don’t talk about it.” But Kluwe isn’t going to stop. And as long as the replacement officials keep giving Kluwe material for his criticisms, he shouldn’t stop.

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40 Responses to “Chris Kluwe continues to question the NFL’s replacement refs”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    Silly kickers and Punters. So worthless in professional football. They bring zero to the table and should be paid in dollar bills.

  2. txbossman says: Aug 28, 2012 8:20 PM

    Heh. Punters trying to be cool.

  3. 11wheatd says: Aug 28, 2012 8:22 PM

    He’s completely right. You would’t feel so good if your team missed out in the playoffs because of a poor call by the replacement officials

  4. ghjjf says: Aug 28, 2012 8:24 PM

    Why wasn’t he criticizing the “real” refs when they were making their bad calls?

  5. contra74 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:25 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:Aug 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    Silly kickers and Punters. So worthless in professional football. They bring zero to the table and should be paid in dollar bills.
    ———-
    Regardless of how you feel they should be paid, the bottom line is that they get paid more than you do! RESPECT KLUWE!

  6. benh999 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:26 PM

    Since when are punters qualified to opine on anything of relevance?

  7. mrlaloosh says: Aug 28, 2012 8:29 PM

    High school punter.

  8. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Aug 28, 2012 8:31 PM

    I like the fact that Kluwe is saying what everyone else is thinking. If the coaches wouldnt get in trouble from the league, you know they would be a lot more vocal.

  9. reesesteel23 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:32 PM

    At least he’s speaking up…there’s guys making 10x the money he is, and not saying a word…

  10. rickastleydancemoves says: Aug 28, 2012 8:33 PM

    Nobody gives a damn about a punter’s opinion outside of minneapolis, because vikings fans are very use to seeing him alot.

  11. robert831 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:35 PM

    Kluwe is awesome! Love this guy! Always speaks his mind and is almost always right!

  12. orivar says: Aug 28, 2012 8:39 PM

    Kluwe is right then again he usually is. Also you guys may want to look at the nicely worded letter Mr. Kluwe had for the last person that said he shouldn’t talk because he’s a punter. I think his name was Nate Jackson.

    Funny stuff really!

  13. burm61 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:40 PM

    Get rid of all unions! They had their place in this country and now they’re unnecessary and money vultures.

  14. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 28, 2012 8:50 PM

    contra74 says:
    Aug 28, 2012 8:25 PM
    ______

    He wishes he did. I’d venture to say I could get his lunch money if we ever had to fight.

  15. abninf says: Aug 28, 2012 8:55 PM

    So the refs can accept what their employer is offering. If they don’t like it they can find new employment. The game will go on.

  16. floriosbigtoe says: Aug 28, 2012 9:12 PM

    Sure, let’s get rid of all unions! Then we can go back to slave labor and compete with China on even ground!

  17. veence69 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:12 PM

    < Insert "just a punter/kicker" comment made by an overweight tow-truck operator here.

  18. myhornispurple says: Aug 28, 2012 9:17 PM

    Kluwe better be carefully or the NFL is gonna put a bounty on him and the replacment Ref’s are gonna look the other way…

  19. hannahduccab says: Aug 28, 2012 9:17 PM

    contra74 says: Aug 28, 2012 8:25 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:Aug 28, 2012 8:19 PM

    Silly kickers and Punters. So worthless in professional football. They bring zero to the table and should be paid in dollar bills.
    ———-
    Regardless of how you feel they should be paid, the bottom line is that they get paid more than you do! RESPECT KLUWE!

    ——-

    You respect someone because they make more money than you… really? I respect Kluwe because he’s got the balls to say things others are too timid to say.

  20. barroomhero80 says: Aug 28, 2012 9:19 PM

    Clearly u idiots know nothing about kluwe. Dudes funny and you would kill for his job. Even if it’s just to get outta your Mommas basement. Chumps

  21. bdoubleoey says: Aug 28, 2012 9:22 PM

    I like how people on here rip on punters and kickers, but I guarantee if u could be in their position u would. so stop acting like a bunch of punks and show some respect. he is saying what we r all saying, except we r peons and he is an NFL player.

  22. zygizag says: Aug 28, 2012 10:04 PM

    1) I like Kluwe
    2) I agree with him most of the time. ( The only person I agree with 100% of the time is myself.)
    3) He is right this time too.

    However what will probably happen is that like traffic lights. They usually get put up after a bad accident. After officials really blow a game and causes a “favorite team” of the NFL brass to loose then the old ones will come back.

    If it is past game 3 I can almost bet at least 1 team will get the play-off boot because of it.

    NFL do you care about the sport or the $$$. It is that simple.

  23. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Aug 28, 2012 10:08 PM

    Come on Kluwe, get a klu! You’re a punter- no one cares what you think. (And get a haircut dude- you look like Euro-soccer trash)

  24. tjacks7 says: Aug 28, 2012 10:13 PM

    voiceofreasonsays says:

    Silly kickers and Punters. So worthless in professional football. They bring zero to the table and should be paid in dollar bills.

     ——

    ^^ clearly the comment of a guy who knows nothing about football. A punter who can pin a team back and change field position is a great asset. Find a kicker who consistently misses 50 field goals and gives the other team possession near midfield, and you’ve foud yourself an unemployed kicker.

  25. zygizag says: Aug 28, 2012 10:19 PM

    Is the NFL becoming the UNAMERICAN SPORT? Limiting free speech!!!

  26. vikesfansteve says: Aug 28, 2012 10:20 PM

    Missing the playoffs!? How about missing the SuperBowl because of numerous blown calls by the regular refs. Wait that’s already happened to the Vikings vs the taints.

  27. ninerdynasty says: Aug 28, 2012 10:22 PM

    ghjjf says: Aug 28, 2012 8:24 PM

    Why wasn’t he criticizing the “real” refs when they were making their bad calls?
    —————————————————-
    I think he’s referring more to the MISSED calls.. not much the bad calls because most of those are reviewable.. now when they don’t call something is when there is a problem.. what are going to do? challenge a no call? .. I’ve seen so many holdings on offense and defense that have gone uncalled.. ending halfs on a defensive penalty, even bogus holding calls, calling penalties on players that are not even in the field during the play.. LOL

    is the simple things what they are messing up or not calling.. calls that shouldnt be an issue 90% of the time.

  28. LoCoSu@%s says: Aug 28, 2012 10:31 PM

    You can say he does have a Kluwe.

  29. besdayz says: Aug 28, 2012 10:41 PM

    This is truly a magnanimous remark by Kluwe since clearly the Vikings are no where near a bubble team, he must be lobbying for other teams that are likely to get shorted.

  30. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 28, 2012 11:01 PM

    He’s not even just a punter he’s just a punter on a horrible team. Enough from him.

  31. slizzyslizz says: Aug 28, 2012 11:03 PM

    “Look at last year, the Giants, the eventual Super Bowl champions, they were one game out from not making the playoffs,” Kluwe said. “So if you get one bad call that takes a game the complete other way, the entire season’s different…”

    Just like the call the “real” officials missed when Victor Cruz fumbled the ball before his knee was down and Arizona returned it for 6…Giants out of the playoffs Eagles in the playoffs.

    Speed must have been too much for the real refs too…not to say the replacement officials are the solution, but I agree wholeheartedly with Jerry Jones. Just because you’re doing well and making more money doesn’t mean you just give handouts (which is what the real refs are demanding)…

  32. vman0626 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:26 PM

    slizzslizz, or whatever your loser white trash name is:

    cruz did not fumble. and his knees were down. he spotted the ball, which did appear to be a loose fumble however, in the last two minutes of a game the officials correctly have the right to assume intentional spotting.

    go back to mommy’s basement now, loser. drink your ovaltine. WINNERS like me are making the world great.

  33. ketchupaholic says: Aug 28, 2012 11:51 PM

    People who rip Kluwe have no idea. The guy is your average joe. Follow him on twitter go awhile, You’ll see what I mean.

  34. lightninglucci says: Aug 29, 2012 12:20 AM

    “So I don’t think the league can afford to have a mistake like that because then one of those playoff bubble teams might not get in.”

    Anyone remember that Vinny Testaverde touchdown in 1998? A bad call by a REGULAR ref cost Dennis Erickson his NFL career.

  35. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 29, 2012 1:27 AM

    Actually, just two years ago a bad call made the difference between the Packers winning the Super Bowl and missing the playoffs. They beat the Vikings because of a touchdown that was stolen from the Vikings by an incompetent replay official, or by a touchdown that was given to the Packers by an incompetent official (take your pick). Without one of those bad calls, the Packers miss the playoffs. Of course, that was with the regular refs.

  36. ordinaryday6 says: Aug 29, 2012 5:26 AM

    He’s right, so who cares what position he plays? Whatever the faults of the real officials, they are way better. Now, the games are longer, the officials huddle more, the calls are worse. End of story.

  37. stellarperformance says: Aug 29, 2012 6:48 AM

    ghjjf says: Aug 28, 2012 8:24 PM
    Why wasn’t he criticizing the “real” refs when they were making their bad calls?
    ================================

    He did. The entire team does. It’s part of their training camp regimen to learn how to do so.

    This guy is a Twitter addict who loves to read about himself and the attention he generates. He fits right in with the self-centered narcissistic superiority-complexed fan base.

  38. ejmat2 says: Aug 29, 2012 8:03 AM

    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Aug 28, 2012 8:19 PM
    Silly kickers and Punters. So worthless in professional football. They bring zero to the table and should be paid in dollar bills.
    ————————————-
    Really???? So I guess field position means nothing. Being able to kick FGs mean nothing. The only thing bringing zero to the table was this statement.

  39. rj6976 says: Aug 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    If one call by the refs is enough to make you lose the game, then you didn’t deserve to win in the first place. You have 60 minutes to prove you’re the better team , if you don’t than that’s on you not the refs

  40. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 29, 2012 10:59 AM

    floriosbigtoe says:
    Aug 28, 2012 9:12 PM
    Sure, let’s get rid of all unions! Then we can go back to slave labor and compete with China on even ground!

    The unions are a joke they are the ones who are moving are jobs to china. They need 40.00 dollars per hour to do something everybody else would do for 20.00 per hour. I have friends in the same line of work as I but in the union not working at all. Yet if they come and work for the company I work for they can provide for there familys. You are just a # in the union they dont care. They have great 401k that is if your working and contributing to it-On the bench with all the other union guys not so much. Unions are a joke.

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