Just So You Know, The Refs Are Fucking Up On Purpose

NFL refs have sucked this season. That isn’t news. Countless teams have fallen victim to  game-changing officiating blunders in the first 5 weeks. I’d post them here, but the NFL makes you go to youtube to watch their videos, and I know none of you will actually click something twice.

So flashback to 2012. The NFL enters the season in a panic after failing to reach an agreement with the NFL Referee’s Association. Shocking that a group with the initials “NRA” didn’t budge from their beliefs. The result; the ref’s go on strike and the NFL is forced to select a handful on amateurs, none of whom were built like Ed Hochuli, to maintain the rules of the game. For the next three weeks, the NFL would be a laughing stock after a litany of blown calls would take center stage on sports talk shows instead of the actual game. I’m talking calls like penalizing John Harbaugh for unsportsmanlike conduct for trying to call a timeout, allowing 4 time outs in one half for the Seahawks, and, of course…

After that game, the NFL realized how fucked they were and got the real refs back. If I remember correctly, one of the ref’s strongest stances was to be made full-time employees. The league granted that privilege to a few, lets say 10. The ref’s claim was that if given this “role” they’ll have more time to become better referees as they won’t have any outside distractions. That’s a load of horse-shit.

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What they’re essentially asking for is to be allowed to work from home every day of the week. Have you ever worked from home? You get nothing done. Sure, you clean your room at some point, and that makes you feel good, but you’re also cracking a beer at 3pm to treat yourself. I mean, hey, there’s a day baseball game on, how could you pass that up? You haven’t gotten to see the Cubs play yet this season and you’ve heard that Javy Baez is an MVP candidate. Before you know it, you’ve run out of Bud Lights, you’re gambling on NBA preseason games, and that’s when you realize you haven’t even checked your email today. Don’t sweat it, you’ll tackle it tomorrow. And so begins the cycle. Bottom-line, is it’s a bullshit argument, and I’m onto them.

But the point remains; this is what they want, only 10 refs have this “full-time” role, and if their argument is that it will make them better ref’s, why wouldn’t the refs that are still “part-time” fuck up calls to further push this narrative? They have all the power right now. All they have to do is put their hands up, say “we fucked up,” and then just move on to the next week. Coaches and players get fined for so much as rolling their eyes when asked about officiating in an interview and there’s no suspension system in place for failing to do your job.

Maybe that would fix it. We’ll give you a full-time job and if you fuck up that job, after saying having a full-time job will help you do a better job, you get suspended, without pay, from your job.

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