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Replacement refs embarrass the NFL on Monday Night Football

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There’s no sugar-coating it: The replacement officials working Monday Night Football are an embarrassment.

In an ugly first quarter that lasted a full hour, the officials showed themselves to be completely incapable of keeping a game moving and keeping up with the fast-paced, stressful job that is officiating in the NFL.

In what may have been the single biggest display of incompetence so far in this lockout of the NFL referees, there was a six-minute delay late in the first quarter while the officials attempted to straighten out what happened when Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno fumbled and players on both sides were pushing and shoving in a pileup. Players came off the bench to get into the scrum. Coaches came off the sideline to get involved. Players were getting in officials’ faces and yelling at them, and in some cases putting their hands on the officials. The officials seemed totally overwhelmed and unsure how to restore order.

In the end, only one player (Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, whom the referee referred to as “93 red”) was penalized, and no one was ejected. It’s a mystery why other players weren’t penalized. In particular, why wasn’t Broncos center J.D. Walton ejected for grabbing an official and pulling him away from the pile?

It also wasn’t clear that the Falcons actually recovered the fumble — the Broncos looked like they jumped on it — although the fact that the officials might have awarded possession to the wrong team became a side issue in the chaos that ensued.

The pileup after the Moreno fumble was only the most glaring of several instances in which it was clear that the officials didn’t have control over the game. At another point, Broncos coach John Fox screamed at the officials and appeared to get a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the officials picked up the flag and didn’t explain why they hadn’t enforced the penalty. There was also a penalty on the Broncos for hitting Matt Ryan after he slid — which was the right call, although the flag only came out after the Falcons started complaining and the crowd started grumbling. Officials need to look like they’re swift, decisive and immune to outside influence, not like they’re influenced by people yelling at them.

Since I started here by calling the replacement officials an embarrassment, let me conclude by making clear that they’re not an embarrassment to themselves — they’re doing the best they can at a hard job they were thrown into with too little training. No, they’re an embarrassment to Roger Goodell and the NFL owners, who are allowing underqualified and unprepared people to tarnish a great league.

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  1. trbowman says: Sep 17, 2012 10:13 PM

    It’s as if they’re putting their worst replacements on primetime, because the games I’ve watched on Sundays have been soundly officiated.

  2. trbowman says: Sep 17, 2012 10:13 PM

    Also, pretty amusing to hear Jon Gruden talk about Michael Turner. He clearly hasn’t watched him play the last year and a half.

  3. djbleedthestar says: Sep 17, 2012 10:14 PM

    Well spoken.

  4. heygfy says: Sep 17, 2012 10:15 PM

    Thanks for that last paragraph. These guys didn’t ask to be in this situation…give them a break!

  5. jmsincla says: Sep 17, 2012 10:16 PM

    I have zero faith in these officials. Good night.

  6. ffwoodycooks says: Sep 17, 2012 10:16 PM

    How about the PI call against Tony Carter when he literally didn’t touch Julio Jones?!

  7. 1phd says: Sep 17, 2012 10:16 PM

    Roger Goodell and the owners including Jerry Jones who has consistently claimed they were doing an adequate job, just don’t GET IT. They make millions but are too cheap to restore the pensions they axed for the refs. Dumb and dumber.

  8. jimw81 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:17 PM

    well spoken but if this regular refs the nfl would still appoint bottom of line crews to nfc vs afc games. The best crews are assigned to afc vs afc and nfc vs nfc games. it’s common knowledge.

  9. theprofesser says: Sep 17, 2012 10:18 PM

    Bring back the refs already… Yeah they made mistakes but at least they did it expeditiously!!! I feel myself getting old waiting on them to make a call.

  10. billsin20xx says: Sep 17, 2012 10:18 PM

    It’s funny you bring up the late flag due to the grumbling. In the Bills-Chiefs game a chief receiver got hurt apparently by hitting his head on the ground while getting legally tackled – but since he got hurt they decided to throw a flag for a hit to the head!

  11. Gordon says: Sep 17, 2012 10:19 PM

    There was also a phantom pass interference call on a 3rd down play against the Broncos.

  12. ahmiller21 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:19 PM

    This is exactly what happened in the Redskins/Rams game yesterday, just on a much bigger stage. The regular refs are laughing all the way to the bank.

  13. der6495 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:19 PM

    They just gave the Broncos 10 yards on a defensive holding penalty by the Falcons.

  14. kobra71 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:19 PM

    Don’t blame the replacement official’s for the job they are doing! They are doing the best they can do for a quicker and faster pace game then what they are use too.
    If you want to blame anyone blame the official’s that are locked out. They are the ones that put these poor officials in this situation they are in.

  15. briang123 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    The headline is incorrect: it should say, “Players and coaches use replacement refs as excuse to act like crybabies.”. It’s now “monkey see, monkey do” with the players. They saw other players act out like 2nd graders with a substitute teacher yesterday and they are following along. When these replacements are gone, the players like Flacco won’t have them to distract from their awful play and ESPN won’t have them to avoid talking about the elephant in the room, that Manning’s arm is gone he’s now somewhere just below Chad Pennington in arm strength.

  16. jek9952 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    How did it come to this?? The NFL thought it could just wait out the regular officials but it is not the case. It is an embarrassment to the NFL, not because of what they’re putting out there but the fact that the regular officials are sitting at home laughing right now.

  17. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    Phantom calls. Refs making calls on players reactions.

    What a mess.

  18. scytherius says: Sep 17, 2012 10:20 PM

    For the first time in about 50 years, I did not watch the NFL this weekend. The owners continue to ruin this game. I’m done til the refs come back. These replacements are trying like Hell … but this is a disaster. This is an NFL death spiral and the owners only are squarely to blame.

  19. realfann says: Sep 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    MDS is soooooo getting fined by Roger.

  20. notdemfalcons says: Sep 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    if Gruden says no huddle one more time …

  21. youngry says: Sep 17, 2012 10:21 PM

    Thumbs up

  22. abninf says: Sep 17, 2012 10:22 PM

    If the regular refs would accept the fair offer then we wouldn’t have this problem. But they want to be able to keep bad refs from being fired so screw them and every other union.

  23. wkffighter says: Sep 17, 2012 10:22 PM

    Look replacement officials or regular refs they all suck. This is why there instant replay and challenges cause refs
    Sucks

  24. fightnamish says: Sep 17, 2012 10:22 PM

    excellent ending to this article. Knew by the no holds approach that Florio wasn’t writing this one.

  25. geniusfan says: Sep 17, 2012 10:23 PM

    This is getting hard to watch. The league deserves blame but why spare the locked out officials? They seem to have a reasonable package of benefits and the league reportedly upped their offer by a million dollars.

    I think the NFL, the owners and Roger Goodell deserve blame I just don’t understand why the locked out officials get a pass. They were not working under unfavorable conditions or anything, being an NFL official is a pretty good part time job.

  26. nestaaali says: Sep 17, 2012 10:25 PM

    “We care deeply about player safety.”

    Which is why you allow referees with little training at the pro level to officiate games? I mean, I completely understand that the regular refs aren’t perfect, but at least they command respect from majority of the players and coaches in the league. These guys out here just look overwhelmed and at times, completely confused. I have nothing against the replacement refs, as they are trying their hardest and taking on a very difficult task. My problem is with Roger Goodell and the NFL for allowing this to happen. Guess they’re more concerned with clearing their name with Vilma, the Saints, and shady evidence.

  27. jakethesnake57 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:25 PM

    “It’s as if they’re putting their worst replacements on primetime, because the games I’ve watched on Sundays have been soundly officiated.”

    You obviously didn’t watch the Eagles – Ravens game. They didn’t know where to spot the ball on at least a half dozen occasions, ran time off the clock when time should have been stopped, missed obvious calls and made phantom calls. BRUTAL!!!

  28. youngry says: Sep 17, 2012 10:25 PM

    trbowman says: Sep 17, 2012 10:13 PM

    Also, pretty amusing to hear Jon Gruden talk about Michael Turner. He clearly hasn’t watched him play the last year and a half.
    ______________________

    Have you seen the HBO Real Sports interview with him? I guarantee Gruden has watched every game the Falcons have played the past few seasons over the course of this summer and in the week leading up to this game. He might be overly positive from time to time but one thing is for sure, Jon Gruden is certifiably insane when it comes to watching tape.

  29. cappa662 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:26 PM

    My god, this is just horrible. Worst officiated game ever.

  30. bigbaldpapahawk says: Sep 17, 2012 10:27 PM

    “93 red”

    Wow. The NFL needs to step up and make things right ASAP.

  31. tballs44 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:28 PM

    The flag wasn’t for unsportsmanlike conduct from Fox, it was because they didn’t think he could challenge 12 men on the field.

  32. garza0080 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:29 PM

    Come on roger g get the deal done come on refs don’t be to greedy 50/50 we the fans need you out there!

  33. jamezz23 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:29 PM

    93 red, lol. He’s gonna be a YouTube sensation now, lmao

  34. bslice says: Sep 17, 2012 10:29 PM

    When did the league get replacement officials?

    This is the first time that I am hearing of this…

  35. flavordave says: Sep 17, 2012 10:30 PM

    A 2 hour first half. This is brutal to watch. Pay the refs already! NFL prints money.

  36. fcs34 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:30 PM

    This entire game should be accompanied by clown music. I cannot believe what I am seeing. What a an absolute and complete farce. Goodel should be fired.

  37. skinsrock says: Sep 17, 2012 10:31 PM

    Just like the politicians… Everything is great… They’re doing a wonderful job… say Roger Goodell.

  38. pottymouth777 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:32 PM

    The worst…?

    What were you watching during WAS@STL this Sunday?

  39. scott28078 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:32 PM

    The refs yesterday embarassed the NFL too. The Philly/Balt game was horrible. Philly mauled the Ravens’ receivers all day..

    Feel sorry for these replacement guys because they are all in over their heads.. They are trying and doing their best, but the NFL has put them in an impossible situation. They are not trained, nor have the experience for this stage.

  40. ldjred12 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:34 PM

    Please get real nfl refs. Goodell wtf are you thinking let your ego go.

  41. petedutcher says: Sep 17, 2012 10:35 PM

    Refs were horrid during the Bucs – Giants game as well. Both teams played dirty in my book…and I’m a Bucs fan, lol.

  42. dirtysouthironmen says: Sep 17, 2012 10:35 PM

    Can’t wait for the regular refs to get back, then there will be no complaints and everything will be absolutely perfect!

  43. petedutcher says: Sep 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    I was against the old refs until yesterday. Still am…they need accountability. But we need them back…soon.

  44. ytownjoe says: Sep 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    I didn’t put the game on tonight and boy am I glad.

    A new program on NBC called Revolution is pretty good and is likely to give Monday Night Football a run for its money.

  45. raiderapologist says: Sep 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    This should be the game that brings the regulars back to the field.

  46. justwinbaby29 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    Mr. Commissioner,

    Please get a deal done. Enough is enough. You made your point. Replacements did what they could but don’t let the game we all love to be a sideshow. It should be about competitive football.

  47. rocky0516 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    Anyone notice on the 4th and 1 play, the ball was at the Atlanta 42 yard line and they called a defensive holding, which is a 5 yard penalty, and these idiots gave Denver the ball 1st and 10 on the Atlanta 32? I’m no math whiz but I thought 42-5=37 not 32.

  48. LoCoSu@%s says: Sep 17, 2012 10:37 PM

    fcs34 says:
    Sep 17, 2012 10:30 PM
    This entire game should be accompanied by clown music. I cannot believe what I am seeing. What a an absolute and complete farce. Goodel should be fired.

    ——————-

    What he said. Goodell has to go for making the NFL a spectacle.

  49. little1234 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:37 PM

    Hey MDS – Spectacularly written piece.

  50. osnap305 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:37 PM

    2 whole hours to get through that half. hoo boy.

  51. doctorfootball says: Sep 17, 2012 10:38 PM

    Knowing that they’re replacements, the players and coaches are getting on top of them for every call. So everyone overreacts to every call from the replacements. They’re making mistakes, no doubt. But given their level of experience, they’re doing a pretty good job.

  52. packerpride03 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    What do you expect when you hire scab labor?

  53. Canyonero says: Sep 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    Maybe it’ll make a good movie someday. With Adam Sandler as a clueless line judge, who just wants to get back to his ice cream truck.

    In the meantime, thanks ESPN for not live feeding the game! Nice to read about it, at least.

  54. letmesetyoustraight says: Sep 17, 2012 10:40 PM

    But Roger said they were performing “admirably”. The commish would not lie or exagerate about anything. I mean, he’s the damned commish for Chrissakes!

  55. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 17, 2012 10:41 PM

    Mr. Smith…. Expect a letter outlining the reason for your fine from King Goodell.
    He may even enforce a suspension for… Something or other.

  56. fcs34 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:42 PM

    “A new program on NBC called Revolution is pretty good and is likely to give Monday Night Football a run for its money.”

    Now that’s funny. The game could be officiated by Helen Keller (and it looks like it is) and still beat anything on NBC, ever.

  57. lilrob10201 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    Don’t blame the replacement refs.Blame the NFL.

  58. fmwarner says: Sep 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    I can’t believe some of you are still defending this circus. You really hate unions so bad that you’ll defend incompetence over competence on principle? Isn’t valuing competence over union status the whole argument AGAINST unions? Yet here you are valuing union status over competence…just in the opposite direction.

  59. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 17, 2012 10:43 PM

    So a bunch of players rush the field and look like children getting into a huge brawl and you blame the refs? I’m sorry but if 106 of the finest tuned athletes in the world wanted to get into a brawl no set of officials could stop them(espically a bunch of 70 year old men)

  60. Neftali Ramos says: Sep 17, 2012 10:44 PM

    Longest. First. Half. Ever.

  61. 49ersgiants4life says: Sep 17, 2012 10:44 PM

    Finally the media has actually noticed the refs have been terrible for the past two weekends they haven’t gotten any better they may have gotten worse so everyone who says as the refs get more experience they will be better clearly it’s not working not for their lack of trying either.

  62. prince5000 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:44 PM

    the worse officiating ever.

  63. onecoolrdrfan says: Sep 17, 2012 10:45 PM

    SCABS not refs …these guys don’t have a clue about the NFL Game. SCABS for life. No real man should take another mans job. Rich getting richer from forced cheep labor. Our jobs could be next!!

  64. replacementrefimajoke says: Sep 17, 2012 10:45 PM

    heygfy says:Sep 17, 2012 10:15 PM

    Thanks for that last paragraph. These guys didn’t ask to be in this situation…give them a break!

    Ummm…these scabs took the job. How did they not ask to be in this situation?

  65. stiffarm37 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:45 PM

    Everyone should be happy. This type of game on MNF is exactly what is needed to embarrass the league and get them to cave. The regular officials will be back soon, hopefully.

  66. craigmaitland says: Sep 17, 2012 10:45 PM

    I blame the coaches and players as much as the officials. They showed complete disrespect getting in the officials faces like that, what were the replacement refs supposed to do? Start flagging everyone? Start tossing people? John Fox and the players would never have been so disrespectful to the regular refs..

  67. bryans49ers says: Sep 17, 2012 10:46 PM

    Its time to get a fair deal done with the refs. . NOW

  68. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:47 PM

    So….they gave the Broncos 6 free yards, according to the MNF crew, on the last drive.

    This is turning into boxing – zero faith in the calls and judgements being made.

    Makes it hard to enjoy the game.

  69. deanok says: Sep 17, 2012 10:47 PM

    its a dam shame that we have to subject are best athleates to preform under the worst situation these players deserve better . there lives are on the line each and every play! And this is now a game of survial and the leauge will have blood on their hands if the refs are not brought back you greedy bastureds

  70. jchap00 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:50 PM

    You all just don’t get it… The ref was so ahead of everyone, he used RED as slang for R(ay)ED(wards)… These refs are lightyears ahead of the rest of us…

  71. skinsfan0226 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:51 PM

    The replacement officials are not the entire issue. The problem is the commentators that have talked the replacement officials down to where everyone thinks there idiots. Yes there have been bad calls, but handle them within the frame of the game. The players and coaches are the worst of all. The players are acting like kids with a substitute teacher. Come on guys I thought this was the National Football League of Professional Players. Not from what I have seen so far. The players are engaging opposing coaches and team sidelines and starting fights that they would not be starting in a usual situation.

    I blame the coaches for not having better control of their teams and allowing the players to try to over run the officials. The coaches also are to blame for the long stoppages during games. Each team knows if the call is incorrect that they can challenge in most instances. But the coaches have taken it upon themselves to work the replacement officials for twenty minutes to sway the opinion for them, then the opposing coach does the same to get his story in.

    Roger Goodell has to step in and tell these coaches and teams to get control of their players and let these replacement officials do the best they can. The commentators have turned the players and coaches against the replacemenet officials and the constant badgering of officials now have the fans involved in the official hating process to. If Roger Goodell and the NFL are not going to strike a deal with the original officials anytime soon then he surely needs to address the teams and players about conduct. If the coaches cant control the players how is any official going to original or replacemnet. Sure throw flags to tone down the issues but in two weeks I have seen player behavior get worse and worse.

    Bottomline, at the end of the day its just a football game, A game that I love but the officials were asked to be here, they deserve a little help.

  72. pftstory says: Sep 17, 2012 10:51 PM

    Yes the refs are mess tonight.

    But no it is not entirely Goodell and the NFL’s fault. Just because the union wanted more money and benefits does not mean they deserve what they are wanting.

    Part of the blame goes with the men demanding more then they should be paid.

  73. m2thejallday says: Sep 17, 2012 10:51 PM

    This is why I watch college football. Greed is a horrible thing.

  74. wesjelker83 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:52 PM

    These replacement refs are becoming down right annoying……..I’m starting to not enjoy watching football as much as I used too

  75. eagleschic says: Sep 17, 2012 10:53 PM

    When do we stop blaming the inexperienced refs and start putting the blame where it lies…the mediocre regular refs who refuse to except a more than fair contract. They, like everyone else need to be held accounted for their poor job performance but refuse to accept responsibility for horrific calls they make and THAT IS WHY there is no deal. We are all held accountable at our professions and why should refs be any different; why should we award mediocrity? Just like the teachers…stop expecting job entitlements. Your paid for performanc, your not entitled to anything else. Damn unions have destroyed this country, the job market, the economy and now the NFL!

  76. zoxitic says: Sep 17, 2012 10:54 PM

    The NFL Follies show can have the best comedy ever compiling all the replacement ref footage.

  77. mizzouram says: Sep 17, 2012 10:56 PM

    This just moronic. Damn near ruining the game over a $3 million drop in the bucket. THIS IS THE SAME LEAGUE THAT GAVE DREW BENNETT $18 MILLION FOR GOD’S SAKE!

  78. 1paulkemp1 says: Sep 17, 2012 10:56 PM

    ty

  79. kevpft says: Sep 17, 2012 11:00 PM

    So it’s a “great league” full of players who break the rules and get into fights, coaches without enough self-control to keep from getting involved, and teams who generally whine and complain about the refs whenever they have some embarrassing play of their own to excuse?

    What the replacement refs first revealed is how little difference there is between them and the supposed pros. What they’re starting to reveal now is what a bunch of screwups the players, and to an extent coaches, are.

    Is it really a “great league” when it’s full of immature borderline cheaters who can’t police themselves?

  80. 21steelstanding says: Sep 17, 2012 11:02 PM

    It will only get worse. The replacements are lame ducks with no real authority who demand no real respect.
    The NFL is a highly competitive game, with all the players and coaches looking for an edge. A copy cat league, and teams are seeing how playing “chippy” has it’s benefits and no real downside as the replacement officals don’t want to, or don’t know how to control the game.

    Teams will continue to push the envelope and test the replacments until someone gets seriously injured.

    It’s not a pay to injure “bounty” system, but it’s just as bad……The leagues thinking here is, lets not pay the regular officials until something really bad happens, like someone getting hurt.

  81. footballchic777 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:03 PM

    OK…this is horrific! Giving Denver 5 or 6 extra yards on a penalty, then shorting Atlanta on a penalty. The “administrator” having to stop the game from upstairs and get it straightened out! All this while teams are trying to run no huddle offenses! TELL US ROGER …….ARE THE REPLACEMENTS STILL DO A GOOD JOB?

  82. sabatimus says: Sep 17, 2012 11:03 PM

    And just yesterday, a lot of PFT commenters were defending the replacement refs…even though in Week One they screwed up all over the place, including giving the Seahawks an extra time-out because THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE RULES.

    And tonight, now that they’re demonstrating over and over again that they do not know the rules, we get a near-total change. Are most of you spoon-fed and roll over on command or what?

  83. idriveamoped says: Sep 17, 2012 11:05 PM

    Im not going to argue for one side or the other here. Officials should be held accountable, and the owners have the dough. With that being said.

    Its time to make the change. Im not watching the game, but it seems these refs, are easily intimidated. Come next Sunday, you can bet other teams will be trying to use fear as a factor to get their way.

    Its time to make a change.

  84. sabatimus says: Sep 17, 2012 11:08 PM

    To whoever said the refs didn’t ask for this: they accepted the job and are getting paid, so they get what they get. Or, more importantly, the teams and fans get what they get. Period.

  85. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Sep 17, 2012 11:09 PM

    It’s not just the refs, it the NFL as a whole that is destroying the integrity of the game.

  86. dannythebisforbeast says: Sep 17, 2012 11:09 PM

    I believe the regular refs were locked out not on strike.

    The replacements are completely overmatched. Billion dollar industry..that’s bush league

    Ravens fans stop crying already!!

  87. twyger says: Sep 17, 2012 11:10 PM

    Personally, the only one’s I see embarrassing themselves and their organization from a conduct standpoint – is the Denver Bronco’s, and the NFL media in general.

    John Fox ripping the replacement ref’s??? Really John? Your team has FOUR TURNOVERS. Why don’t you rip that? However rough a night the ref’s are having.. they are performing their job MUCH better than Peyton Manning is tonight.

    In my honest opinion, several high profile NFL media guys (including this site) have incited their viewers/readers over the replacement ref’s from day 1. Should be interesting if the hyping of hate inciting stories continues when the “real” refs return. <– Don't hold your breath.

  88. astrosfan75956 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:15 PM

    These guys are terrible, in my Charles Barkely voice.

  89. notapackerfan says: Sep 17, 2012 11:15 PM

    puh-lease…..

    the officials have been getting the bulk of the calls right. they’ll gain more confidence and control over time.

    after two weeks, they’ve been doing their job fine for the most part and no one can point to an injury that is a direct result of an official’s screw up.

    there is nothing stopping the league from fining players this week over the scrum and/or physical contact with an offical tonight.

    this whining about the replacements is getting old and tired all ready.

  90. notapackerfan says: Sep 17, 2012 11:15 PM

    by the way, notapackerfan is not my name.

    not sure why it shows that….im pretty neutral on the packers.

  91. htowntexan says: Sep 17, 2012 11:16 PM

    What’s ESPN’s excuse for Gruden? Guy makes it so painful to watch my favorite game.

  92. bigbluebruiser says: Sep 17, 2012 11:18 PM

    If these replacement officials wind up working playoff games……

  93. notapackerfan says: Sep 17, 2012 11:18 PM

    i just watched an incomplete pass to a falcon and the HC started yelling for an interference call. no flag. this theory that players or coaches are berating officials into pulling a flag out is bunk.

  94. nagaswan says: Sep 17, 2012 11:23 PM

    nba >>>>>>>>> LFL >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NFL

  95. rashardmendenballs says: Sep 17, 2012 11:23 PM

    When will some of you fans come to realize that whatever comes out of Roger Go0dell’s mouth is verbal diarrhea?!?!?

    This guy has ZERO credibility with the fans that actually get it. If you ask me he is sort of like Gary Bettman This guy is oblivious just like Jerry Jones, a cancer overall on the NFL, and it is only a matter of time before we get to watch him manage his own demise.

    Roger Goodell’s priority’s are simple.
    1) Money for the owners.
    2) Money for the NFL,
    3) Florio’s crafty hairstyle.
    4A) Pretending he cares about player safety.
    4b) Lawyers.
    5) pretending to like NFL fans or listen to NFL fans issues regarding soaring ticket prices and the cost to take a family of 4 to a NFL game.

    Now Goodell and the NFL have the audacity to explain to us fans that the Ref are doing a admirable job!?!? WHEN will some of fans actually wake up and smell this idiot’s BS!

    Just my 2 cents.

  96. japmen says: Sep 17, 2012 11:24 PM

    The new refs have been bad but I dont think the regular refs are laughing to the bank. Sitting at home with only the hope of getting your cushy 150k part time job back cant be fun. Laughing with tears in their eyes…maybe.

  97. ronin36 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:25 PM

    Y’all forget one thing..

    The replacement officials, no matter how much they screw up, doesn’t make a difference.

    As long we keep spending money on tickets and beer and pretzels and concessions and hats and jerseys etcetera, the NFL owners will be happy.

    The single biggest influence will be the loss of incoming money. If that happens, THEN we’ll see a change.

    Until that happens, the owners will be happy with the profit margin.

  98. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Sep 17, 2012 11:26 PM

    Ref 86 needs to get 86′d.

  99. atrophiedambitions says: Sep 17, 2012 11:27 PM

    At some point, the calculation must become as follows for the NFL:

    X — Amount saved on cheaper version (NFL version) of NFLRA contract

    vs.

    Y — Money lost through:
    – lost advertising time/programming paid for (they can’t run adds during a 6 minute impromptu break at the end of 1st quarter…and that’s not cheap airtime).
    – money lost in settlement for concussions when players (rightfully) accuse the NFL of being cheap when hiring the guys who are supposed to keep everyone safe.
    – headache from the first owner who loses the game because of a blown call.

    If X>Y, keep stonewalling. If X<Y, give the real refs what they want. After tonight, I gotta think Y is getting a lot bigger.

  100. Dai rampant says: Sep 17, 2012 11:31 PM

    Apparently you didn’t see the Philly/Ravens game if you thought those delays were bad.

  101. j0esixpack says: Sep 17, 2012 11:34 PM

    Well, they can always get their jobs back at Footlocker!

  102. weaponx73 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:34 PM

    Oh boy get ready for a thousand crying babies Falcon’s fans. You just faked an injury to stop the hurry up. As a Giants fan I should know. The only difference is now people will pretend that only the Falcons and Giants fake an injury to stop the hurry up.

  103. vincentbojackson says: Sep 17, 2012 11:35 PM

    The officiating has been horrible for years. It’s just that people are paying closer attention to it now.

    Out of fairness, I hope the media continues to publicly bash bad officiating once this is lockout is settled.

  104. photoguy13 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:37 PM

    Tonight was the first time that I’ve ever turned off a Monday Night Football game early in the 40 years that I’ve been watching. At halftime I turned off the game and found something better to do with my time. I sure hope that the owners and commish get their acts together and get some real officials back on the field. I officiated high school football for a number of years and I can honestly say that my old crew could have done a better job than what I saw on the field tonight.

  105. lancevine says: Sep 17, 2012 11:38 PM

    And tomorrow the NFL Front Office will say, “There is no spoon”

  106. cupete says: Sep 17, 2012 11:39 PM

    Denver had a horrible first quarter, but the dregs of the night have been the refs. How can you miss so many calls right in front of your eyes (and make so many phantom calls). It’s no fun to watch a game marred by unprofessional refs. At the beginning of the season I was indifferent to this labor dispute, and really, I could care less how much the refs get paid and what benefits they get, but the NFL has to do what it takes to make sure there are quality refs on the field. And shame on the league for ordering the coaches mot to complain when their teams are getting shafted. It’s clear too that the announcers have been told not to discuss the officiating.

  107. mrcogburn says: Sep 17, 2012 11:41 PM

    I’ve enjoyed the refs tonight. They’ve taken my mind off Itchy and Scratchy calling the game.

  108. rollerino1 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:45 PM

    Better replacement refs than no refs.

  109. onetonsoup says: Sep 17, 2012 11:48 PM

    I don’t think anyone can fathom the amount of sugar required to “sugar coat” this one.

    The purchase alone could be enough to help the economy kick start and revive itself.

    If Goddell proceeds with the replacement refs for week 3, it will be a slap to the face of everyone and anyone watching this sport. This league can no longer consider itself professional football going forward unless the old refs come back.

    This was a train wreck.

  110. broncostevenp says: Sep 17, 2012 11:50 PM

    These refs need to go!!!!

  111. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:52 PM

    They need to investigate these guys to ensure that they are not Falcons fans. The officiating has been HIGHLY slanted in Atlanta’s favor, on top of it being probably the worst I’ve seen all season.

  112. murfdeezy says: Sep 17, 2012 11:52 PM

    I hear lots of anti union talk that is just hating for people who clearly don’t understand. I can tell because the ignorantly speak of unions as a group…as if they are all the same. That is simply false. Every union has a uniquely negotiated collective bargaining agreement in which both parties have agreed to terms…or they have been ruled on by an independent arbitrator.

    The more relevant point is that it is clear that everyone who thinks officiating the NFL is a cushy part time job clearly does not understand the amount of effort required to be good at it. I don’t know how many hours they are putting in…..but it’s pretty clear this job is also not as easy as people think. I’m pretty sure that is evident now. The NFL just signed a groundbreaking, monumental deal….and they do it regularly. I agree….they pretty much print money and still have all of you convinced the refs are greedy. Are any of the refs billionaires?? I don’t think so…..so I’m of the opinion that there is plenty of cash to go around. The greedy ones are pretty exposed here….and it isn’t the officials. Just my opinion.

  113. clu1perceiver says: Sep 17, 2012 11:53 PM

    The performance of all concerned is there to see. To call and manage a NFL game is really a tough and demanding job. The mockery that is being perpetrated before us should be rubbed into the faces of the NFL, players, coaches, and locked out officials. No friendly media interviews.

  114. bigugly2005 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:56 PM

    What the hell!! dude just MUGGED the denver receiver in the endzone, NO call????

  115. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 17, 2012 11:57 PM

    petedutcher says: Sep 17, 2012 10:35 PM

    Refs were horrid during the Bucs – Giants game as well. Both teams played dirty in my book…and I’m a Bucs fan, lol.
    ——–

    Nope, just the Bucs secondary.

  116. 00reo says: Sep 18, 2012 12:03 AM

    Doesn’t matter. The owners aren’t going to cave.

  117. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:04 AM

    Falcons have gotten away with so much holding tonight that it is embarrassing.

  118. jimcaldwellsucks says: Sep 18, 2012 12:16 AM

    These guys sucked…. Send them back to middle school.

  119. kombayn says: Sep 18, 2012 12:24 AM

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this… But the NFLPA needs to take legal action against the NFL, if anything that is sane proved in the Moreno fumble where coaches are restraining players from fighting each other in which it took 6-minutes to come up with a conclusion?! Coaches?!

    That is a perfect example where the replacement officials, not by their own physical actions but the fact they lost control of the players on the field can cause a legitimate injury to a player for not keeping everything in control.

    It’s terrible, I hope the NFLPA gets a bug up their asses and really take to the owners right now if people are going to be put in harms way.

    P.S. I wonder how an 18-game schedule is for players safety, or how about “Heads Up” USA Football spear-headed by Goodell but going on a crusade about “bounty” hunting. The NFL Owners care about profits, nothing else… Player Safety? Pssh… Doesn’t exist in this league. Every fan should be angry including the player employees.

  120. ttgb2 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:25 AM

    Frankly I wasn’t as upset at first because the game was a blowout.

    But then the Broncos engineered a comeback, and frankly, the refs cost them the game. One fumble was clearly recovered by the Broncos and given to the Falcons, and there was a terrible phantom PI on Tony Carter v Julio Jones that extended a drive and lead to a score.

    If either of those things hadn’t happened, Denver wins…

    Depressing.

  121. 6kings says: Sep 18, 2012 12:28 AM

    Keep the officials. The striking officials are asking for too much.

    This game was bad. Most of the games have been just as good as the regular refs.

  122. tjacks7 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:30 AM

    It’s like the crew from the Saints/Vikes 2009 NFC Championship Game are reffing every game, every week now. Blown/phantom calls determining the outcome of every game.

  123. brianbosworthisstonecold says: Sep 18, 2012 12:38 AM

    How about having all of the players wear Video game/Movie suits underneath their jerseys and add more cameras on the field to videotape the plays. The cameras would relay all info to the IBM super computer in the booth to monitor every player and that will be the end to human refs. Penalty flags would be sewn within the jerseys and dropped immediately if deemed so.

  124. broncojoe says: Sep 18, 2012 12:40 AM

    How can the Broncos win a game when they are playing against the Falcons and Phantom calls from the scrubs?

  125. jamaicanjasta says: Sep 18, 2012 12:41 AM

    @6kings and all the others who are getting this wrong: This officials aren’t on strike, the NFL locked them out.

  126. cliffclavicle says: Sep 18, 2012 12:48 AM

    The NFL is making a big, big mistake here. Pay the men, there is more than enough money for everyone involved. The refs are officiating hugely popular games played by large, fast and violent men, watched and wagered upon by millions of people. It’s a highly specialized skill set and it deserves to be compensated as such. Keep using these largely un-vetted, inexperienced and overwhelmed scab refs and eventually it will affect the outcome of a vital game. It’s not “if”, it’s “when”. Risking a blow to the sport’s credibility is not worth the money they’re saving.

  127. gdublud says: Sep 18, 2012 12:49 AM

    The only way i see the real refs coming back is when the replacement refs waste five minutes talking about a penalty, then pick up the flag and announce “there is no penalty on the previous play.” Then the umpire throws a flag calls delay of game on ” Side Judge , #00, a Safety will be awarded to each team, now call it in the air!” *Flips Coin*

  128. honeybadger14 says: Sep 18, 2012 12:52 AM

    The thing with these refs isn’t so much the calls that get missed it’s the total lack of control they have in the game. The replacements need to start standing up for themselves and have some self respect. It’s embarrassing to watch them just get bullied and manipulated by everyone.

  129. johninthewest says: Sep 18, 2012 12:55 AM

    I think it’s time for both coaches and players start speaking up regardless of the fines the NFL dishes out. Like Steve Young mentions in the ESPN post game report the NFL has not vested interested in protecting the players. This is chaos, and out of control!! Something bad is really going to happen!

  130. rogergoodellsays says: Sep 18, 2012 1:08 AM

    “I see a lot of people are down about my decision making skills lately concerning the ref situation.
    How does a big glass of suspensions topped off with some lost draft picks for your team sound to cheer you up?

    Just remember, integrity of the pocketboo-, I mean game, is most important.”

  131. doubledogcatch says: Sep 18, 2012 1:09 AM

    It’s like putting the cheapest gas and oil you can buy in a Lamborghini.
    Could you imagine if this lasts till post season.

  132. coug4 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:12 AM

    It’s actually the NFL that’s laughing all the way to the bank because they’re using these under-experienced and under-paid refs and people are still buying tickets and watching on TV!

    Who is holding the league accountable? The refs suck- that’s obvious, and the league knows it. But the NFL is saving money by cutting the pensions and haven’t had a problem with selling seats (yet… and I doubt they will any time soon).

    What do you do with a bad product, with a greedy company? Don’t buy it!

  133. bearsstillsuck says: Sep 18, 2012 1:14 AM

    I like the replacements. I think the game is way more exciting now, plus they seem to let a lot more stuff slide than the old ones.

  134. thegame2love says: Sep 18, 2012 1:16 AM

    I was in Green Bay week 1 for the 49er s game and it was a terribly called game. Week 2 I was in St Louis for the Redskins game and it was the worst called game that Ive ever seen, three times worst than than the niners game. Tonight, I was in my mancave and the game simply became unwatchable, fantasy stats be damned. I bailed at half time. The NFL has become a joke with lock outs, bounty gates, law suits and a rogue commish.

  135. patsfiend says: Sep 18, 2012 1:22 AM

    There were so many screw-ups in the Pats / Cards game I just lost count and figured “they will screw it up evenly for both sides.”

    DB’s are holding like crazy, but at least both sides seem to be getting away with it.

  136. jm9ulose says: Sep 18, 2012 1:26 AM

    I would like to know why there was not more questioning or an article on the Pats losing a game because of a bogus holding call. I think because Gostkowski missed the fg at the end it got lost in the shuffle? Did that call not influence the outcome of a game and probably cost the Pats downs the road in possible playoff seeding?

  137. shadymduk says: Sep 18, 2012 1:38 AM

    “Replacement refs embarrass the NFL…”

    Really? I’d say the behaviour of the players and coaches did that. Would they have been racing on to the field at the fumble if the regular refs were in charge? Shameful.

  138. foosball11 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:45 AM

    Short term pain is worth it if it means the refs will finally be accountable. Break the refs union.

  139. blughst20 says: Sep 18, 2012 1:45 AM

    Yes, the refs cannot handle these sorts of games and need to be replaced by real refs. But, that hardest part for me on Monday night is Mr. repeat just what happened like you predicted it Gruden. Even if what he says happened isn’t what is shown on HIS replay. I begged last year for someone to hire him but no one with an ounce of sense would want to listen to him in executive meetings.

  140. orakpocalypse says: Sep 18, 2012 2:07 AM

    Only games I watched were this one, Bal-Phi, and Was-Stl this week. All three games were a joke. I’ve never seen anything like it, even in high school. Where did they find these guys?

  141. codysteeler says: Sep 18, 2012 2:13 AM

    Great piece Michael Smith! Couldnt have said it any better!

  142. electstat says: Sep 18, 2012 3:17 AM

    Meanwhile, former player announcers don’t know the rules of the game they have spent their entire adult life playing/calling. They should be locked out.

  143. flyerscup2010 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:57 AM

    It’s funny how the NFL’s response to the officials being awful in the preseason was to put “administrators” on the sidelines to babysit them when they aren’t doing things correctly. Last night was an absolute puppet show, and far too long of one at that.

    Unfortunately, it won’t even be a blip on Goodell’s radar. Punishing the part-time employees not because he needs the money but because he knows he can do it if he wants to takes clear precedence over the integrity of the game. If there is any statement made about this, it will be of the “move along, nothing to see here” variety.

  144. kingpel says: Sep 18, 2012 5:42 AM

    Considering we are talking about the group of millionaires who actually used replacement PLAYERS, I dont expect them to be concerned about back up referees.

  145. tommytd says: Sep 18, 2012 6:08 AM

    Roger Goodell and Gary Bettman (NHL) are two of the worst commissioners I’ve ever seen and they’re both driving their sports into the ground. They should both be dumped.

  146. jpfeng74 says: Sep 18, 2012 6:39 AM

    Dear Roger Goddell,

    Please work out a deal with the regular refs. The current product I’m seeing on TV is not the high quality football we have been accustomed to watching. It is maddening to have to watch a football game for close to FOUR hours. You need to do something about this. You say that the replacement refs are doing admirably, and they are, but that doesn’t mean that the quality is there.

    Lets us not forget that EVERY single person involved in the NFL is replaceable, you included. That doesn’t mean you replace someone and expect things to be the same. Remember how replacement players worked out? Not so good.

    You seem to be the kind of guy that genuinely cares about the product being put out. Currently your product stinks. Bring back the regular refs. Pay them what they want. Its literally pennies compared to the NFL’s total worth. Do this soon, or you will start to lose the demographic that really matters.

    Concerned Fan

  147. csilojohnson says: Sep 18, 2012 7:10 AM

    This great game has been going down the tubes well before the new crappy refs. Bottom line is the old refs DO NOT DESERVE A RAISE. No matter how bad the replacements do.

  148. prospero63 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:30 AM

    I love the union shilling. No call for the old refs to drop their unrealistic demands. No, just hammerin’ on “da man”. The bias that comes through in the reporting on this site is pretty clear. And it’s unfortunate. I’d say I expect better, but a few years of reading this site make it clear that it’s par for the course. Handfuls of good content wrapped by loads of agenda…

  149. billsfan1 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:31 AM

    Broncos center should be suspended 8 games for touching a ref.

  150. sj39 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:50 AM

    While they do make plenty of mistakes the main difference that I see is these replacement ref’s don’t play favoritism with the so call “good teams” and the QB darlings of the NFL. To say the regular officials are not biased one way or the other towards certain teams/players is a blatant lie. The regular refs would never have allowed precious Peyton to throw 3 INTs in a row without coming up with some phantom holding or off sides call. The replacement refs are fair.

  151. whodeytn says: Sep 18, 2012 7:51 AM

    If the regular refs would accept the fair offer then we wouldn’t have this problem. But they want to be able to keep bad refs from being fired so screw them and every other union.
    ======

    Who are you to decide what’s fair? Do you even know any of the details? I doubt it.

  152. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 18, 2012 8:03 AM

    Yes the Refs did a bad job they did a bad job all over the NFL this weekend

    But it was not that long ago that the real Refs did a really bad job when the Giants played GB and every call every ball went to GB and that was one of the best crews.
    So lets all agree that maybe we need less body’s on the feild and more eyes in the sky the games should be call from a booth were every play can be seen from all over.
    Also how about a micro chip in the ball and sensors at the goal line so that we do not have to wait five minutes everytime a TD is scored.

    The tech to do all of the above is there just not being used lets use the tech get these guys off the turf out of the way and keep the game moving this could be done with one man on the turf and one on each sideline if there is a fight the coach has two minutes to break it up or his team faces a fine in the million dollar range.

    Now for all you card carrying union mouths just because the NFL has the money it does not mean they have to give it away to a bunch of part time workers. Whats next the stadium works think because there is a big profit that the team should pay them big bucks.

    That whole idea did not work the wall came down there is a clown in DC with the same mind set this idea is not helping its sending jobs over seas.

    Businesses do not exist to pay the masses they exist to make money and make the owners or stockholders money not the hired help

  153. khuxford says: Sep 18, 2012 8:05 AM

    So, with the bad calls (the fumble recovery that was shown in the hands of a Bronco to start and a Bronco at the finish, in particular), can we say that we’ve had the first game where we can argue the outcome was changed by the crappy ref work?

  154. voteforno6 says: Sep 18, 2012 8:12 AM

    So, Roger Goodell and the owners want the referees to take a pay cut and lose some benefits, despite the record profits that the league is enjoying. With reports that Goodell’s salary is somewhere between $10 and $20 million a year, he could take a pay cut, redirect that money to make up the difference with the referees, and still take home more money than most people see in a lifetime…every year.

    Worse than that, I think, is the proposal to convert the referees to full-time. Since they only officiate one game a week, I don’t see how keeping them on the payroll full-time will improve their performance. It seems to me that this is merely an attempt to gain leverage on the referees. By cutting out their outside sources of income, the referees become more dependent on the NFL, which would allow the league to force more concessions on them.

    This, to me, is the greed and arrogance of Roger Goodell and the owners, unfiltered. I’ve just about given up on the league because of this and other issues, and I wouldn’t be surprised if others feel the same way.

  155. 69finfan says: Sep 18, 2012 8:21 AM

    Dolphin fan here. The ref’s did not cause the Dolphins to get blown out by the Texans and the ref’s did not cause the Dolphins to blow out the Raiders. In other words I’ve been saying that the new ref’s were not that bad. The ref’s in this game were atrocious, plain and simple. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a total lack of control officiating and controlling a game at any level. It goes back to a very basic concept, you get what you pay for in everything in life. Bring em back NFL, bring em Back.

  156. stayclassyasheville says: Sep 18, 2012 8:37 AM

    I think the replacement cheerleaders are doing an adequate job. Wait, what are we talking about?

  157. 0shikuru says: Sep 18, 2012 8:53 AM

    These refs are definitely worse than the regular refs who make their share of mistakes and questionable calls. But you know what, I’m still watching the games and so are you, that’s why the NFL doesn’t care. If the ratings start to decline because of the officiating, then the leverage shifts to the real refs. Until then, the NFL still has all the leverage.

  158. bingocostello says: Sep 18, 2012 8:59 AM

    Is that any different from the players embarassing humanity every day?

  159. fwippel says: Sep 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    Sorry, but I can’t agree. This isn’t the first time an NFL game has lasted longer than it should have due to on-the-field fights over the football.

    The league has the upper hand here, and unless and until these refs start directly influencing the outcomes of several (not just one or two) games, the league isn’t going to cave on this. I’m not saying its right, but it is reality. And it’s not like hords of fans are going to turn off the games because of the refs.

    If baseball survived the steroids scandal, the NFL will survive (and thrive) during the refs lockout.

  160. billh1947 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:00 AM

    This lockout is just mind blowing,its like bad parents locking their children out of the house for trying to get a few extra cookies out of a monstrous sized filled cookie jar. just as those extra cookies would never be missed from the huge cookie jar so too the money taken from the NFLs monstrous piggy bank (filled with million dollar bills) to get the regular referees back on the field where they belong,this isnt about the money for the NFL its about the audacity that those considered peons by Goodell and the owners are asking for more of it.just pay them already,they earn it every game day.

  161. sullijo1 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:03 AM

    Game was 10-0 after 3 picks thrown by manning with Broncos driving to Atlanta 30 yard line, Moreno fumble was the dagger.

    It was clear the Broncos covered it – not sure it changes the outcome, but it would have been a different game if the Broncos could have weathered 3 picks and just been down 10-7.

  162. httr555 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:07 AM

    Goodell is ruining the NFL!! All that is talked about every week is Bounty case this and replacement refs that. Mike Ditka, tell him…. STOP IT!!! Its a crying shame this is what he has done to this great product. I want to talk about FOOTBALL and what’s on the field. How teams in week 1 flopped in week 2. PLEASE GIVE ME FOOTBALL BACK! Goodell, GO AWAY!!!

  163. melikefootball says: Sep 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    The palyers and coaches as well embarrassed the NFL last night. The coaches had been warned about treatment of officials. The Bronco coaches were way out of line and all the excess crap after plays by the players, shoud be addressed by the league. The easy out is point fingers at these refs.

  164. nightreaver111 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:29 AM

    The regular refs are just as much to blame for this embarrassment as the league. If they would agree to a fair compromise, this wouldn’t be happening. The NFL has already offered to increase their pay, the owners just want more flexibility and accountability from their refereeing crews. The owners would also like to freeze their pensions and move them to 401K plans like most regular NFL employees (hell, most AMERICAN employees) have.

    It makes no sense for the league to give into the referee demands. The replacements will improve as they gain experience, and if the regular refs don’t come to the table and agree to a reasonable deal, they’ll probably find themselves made obsolete. In the meantime, we the fans have to suffer. You can’t put all that suffering on the owners though, nor excuse childlike behavior in the part of the players. There should be fines doled out to any player laying hands on a ref, point blank.

  165. cowboycjn says: Sep 18, 2012 9:29 AM

    One thing about the bad calls and indecision on the field, it sure adds a bit of comedy to the games where you can sit back and laugh. Oh this isn’t a comedy show – we are not susposed to be laughing at the games. OK, my bad.

  166. yahmule says: Sep 18, 2012 9:46 AM

    It’s been plainly evident for a while that the League doesn’t care. Not about player safety and not about a level playing field. They’ll keep issuing ridiculous statements about the competence of these replacements and they have a certain number of media talking heads who will back them up.
    A large percentage of football fans are emotionally incapable of finding fault with the NFL under any circumstances. Their unconditional love of the product equates criticism of the league as an indirect criticism of themselves. Not to mention the ones who’ve been brainwashed into believing all unions are evil.

  167. rpiotr01 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:47 AM

    Anyone else notice that, while making a personal foul call, the head ref, rather than making the correct arm motion, instead made an arm gesture as if he was leading the conga line during “Hot hot hot!” at a wedding? High comedy!

    Anyway, Steve Young said it best: The NFL doesn’t care. Games are being played, they’re making money, and they just don’t care.

  168. trollhammer20 says: Sep 18, 2012 9:52 AM

    Just woke up a while ago. Is the game over yet, or are they still doing replay reviews?

  169. waterboy420 says: Sep 18, 2012 10:22 AM

    The reg. officials are not much better. I can’t seem to understand all the outrage. Even ehrn the reg officials are on the field they miss calls and blow calls in everygame so whats the differance? i.e. Steelers Super Bowl win vs Seattle. Calvin Johnson game winning TD vs the Bears. Brady’s “tuck rule” vs the Raiders. The imaculate reception by Steelers in the 70′s. The infamous coin toss, I mean how the hell do you blow that??? Do I need to go on?

  170. endzonepete says: Sep 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    Its hard to tell if Goodell is more obsessed with greed or power. Even through the recession the league continued to grow and increase their ridiculous revenues but they still want the refs to accept pension cuts. IMO, this just shows that all the talk you hear from Goodell about the integrity of the game is complete PR garbage. He could care less as long as those seats are full.

  171. Rob Liano says: Sep 18, 2012 10:30 AM

    I’d say Coach Fox belligerently swearing on the sidelines (when he was dead wrong about 12 men on field) was pretty embarrassing also.

  172. onetonsoup says: Sep 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    I’m enjoying every second of this.

    It makes for great drama, plenty of water cooler fodder, and adds a second black eye for Emperor Goodell.

    The Vilma issue was the first black eye and this adds another. Goodell may need to consider early resignation.

    The NFL isn’t suffering now, but if anything can damage the brand, his mistakes during his tenure will be viewed as the catalyst for a potential downfall of the NFL shield.

    Take into consideration a slight possibility less kids may end up playing football since parents will be too concerned about injuries. Add to that the hypocrisy Goodell is showing by using replacement refs and you might have yourself a perfect storm for the NFL losing popularity over the next 10-20 years.

  173. commonsensedude says: Sep 18, 2012 10:41 AM

    I’ll give the league about another week to get this straightened out. And after that, I’m going to go on strike as a fan and stop watching for a while. I want my NFL football back – not Goodell’s endless set of soap operas – Bountygate, Ref strikes, etc. The only way the ego of Goodell is going to get put in check is if the NFL has some proof (ratings and attendance decline) that they can’t give the fans an inferior product.

    The statements talking about how great the replacement refs are is what gets me more angry than anything else. They think we’re stupid.

  174. theboysofdallas says: Sep 18, 2012 11:40 AM

    They just looked overwhelmed

  175. dukemarc says: Sep 18, 2012 12:14 PM

    The NFL should suspend Ray “Boom Boom” Edwards for a game after that fact – he threw at least two punches.

  176. warsal says: Sep 18, 2012 4:31 PM

    They also seem to be unable to pay attention to the play clock and game clock. Way too many late snaps and calls that affect game. Like the fact that the first quarter was over in the 9′ers game. That pass interference call never should have happened, although judging by the Lion’s third down D they probably would have scored anyway….

  177. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:44 PM

    khuxford says: Sep 18, 2012 8:05 AM

    So, with the bad calls (the fumble recovery that was shown in the hands of a Bronco to start and a Bronco at the finish, in particular), can we say that we’ve had the first game where we can argue the outcome was changed by the crappy ref work?
    ————–

    The amount of fouls (offensive line holding, defensive pass interference/illegal contact) that Dallas got away with the first game of the season was the first game where the outcome was changed.

    Last night was probably the 11th or 12th.

  178. naplesoutsider says: Sep 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    What are you talking about — “give these guys a break. They did not ask for it”. They most certainly did. They applied for a position that they knew they were totally unqualified for. They are not only embarassing the NFL, they are embarassing themselves as well. They will never advance beyond the current college (high school) level they were working. If they had any rspect for the game, they would immediately resign as they know they can’t handle the job they applied for

  179. mckissack11 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    I know that the replacement refs are having a hard time but at least they are there, they will get better over time. I cannot just not show up for my job, I would get fired. I say just tell the regular refs that they will not be coming back and train the new ones, ala the air traffic controllers back in the day. Screw em.

  180. phootballfacts says: Sep 23, 2012 8:46 PM

    I agree with mckissack11 above.

  181. timn805 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:48 PM

    I also agree with mckissack11 – and i’m a former air traffic controller who got his job because of the strike. And does anybody else feel like Michaels and Collinsworth are in the ref’s union’s hip pocket? I mean, come on . . . can we maybe hear some commentary about the FOOTBALL GAME?!?!

  182. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 24, 2012 12:14 AM

    mckissack11 says: Sep 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    I know that the replacement refs are having a hard time but at least they are there, they will get better over time. I cannot just not show up for my job, I would get fired. I say just tell the regular refs that they will not be coming back and train the new ones, ala the air traffic controllers back in the day. Screw em.
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    Will you people PLEASE stop trying to compare apples (pro sports unions) and oranges (your 9-5!!!)

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