Sports Opinion & Analysis

Monday Night Fallout

In NFL on September 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

Fans and players of the 2012 NFL season.

It’s been a few days, and while the story still hasn’t died down, it’s time to forget this week’s Monday Night fiasco.

Forget that M.D. Jennings really intercepted the ball, and Golden Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference. Forget that Lance Easley, the replacement official who blew the game, is normally a California high school referee who before this season has never officiated a game above Division III college football. Forget that the Stars and Stripes Academy for Football Officials determined Easley wasn’t yet ready to officiate Division I football games, yet is somehow now a zebra for the NFL.

Forget his incompetence shifted upward of $150 million to $250 million dollars in bets.

Forget all of that, because ESPN is reporting that the NFL and striking officials may have a verbal agreement in place, and if everything goes right, the real refs might be back this Sunday.

(Good luck to the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens who play Thursday and will have to wait another week before their games can be properly officiated)

“Come on!”

Despite all the chest thumping and posturing the NFL has done the last few days, saying how the outcome to Monday night’s game would not affect their negotiations with striking officials, Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league’s owners had no other choice but to make a deal happen, and make it happen sooner rather than later.

ESPN commenters Trent Dilfer and Steve Young lambasted the league and the legitimacy of the 2012 season on national television. Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews posted Goodell’s private phone number on his facebook page. The league received 70,000 calls from complaining fans, players and coaches. The entire Packer’s team was threatening to take a knee every play on Sunday to protest.

As demonstrated by how the league has dealt with this labor issue, and last year’s player CBA, which consequently lead to a lockout, it has become very apparent that the owners of the NFL are more concerned with nickels and dimes than the players or their fans. If Goodell was truly worried about player health and preventing concussions, he would not have let a bunch of volunteer, Pop Warner referees be put in charge of throwing flags at the highest level of the sport.

But if everything goes right, that will all be put behind us. If everything goes right, Ed Hochuli and the rest of the real refs will be back to work on Sunday, and we won’t have to worry about this level of incompetence anymore.

At least until the next labor contract runs out.





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