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2012-05-10 08:56:02 AM
I've never said it. NFL refs get it right more often than any other referees in any other sport that I've seen.

They're fallible, but compared to NBA refs...
 
2012-05-10 09:03:29 AM
Wow, the Raiders may make a run to the Superbowl!
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-05-10 09:29:59 AM
NFL referees spend countless numbers of hours each year reviewing rules and game video to stay sharp in their craft.

There are fewer than 9,000 hours each year. I bet you could count them if you wanted to.
 
2012-05-10 09:57:09 AM
No one can replace Guns Hochuli or Mike Carey's karate chop signals.
 
2012-05-10 10:05:24 AM
Replacement refs would be a real mess for the NFL. MLB and the NHL can just promote minor-league refs, and let the minors handle having replacements. As SmackLT said, NBA refs pretty much suck anyway so nobody would notice.

But with the NFL...your closest equivalent is college football. College FB refs are employed by their conferences, who have no incentive to release them to work in the NFL for who knows how long. I'm sure the NFL has reserve officiating teams but they're probably part of the union too.
 
2012-05-10 10:47:49 AM

Jubeebee: No one can replace Guns Hochuli or Mike Carey's karate chop signals.


This.

/Mike Carey is 63 and deals in snow ski equipment when he's not getting every call right during the NFL season.
//Hochuli is 62 and is an attorney
///Both are the most respected refs according to a fan poll.
////Bill Leavy, on the other hand, is not one of the best refs and should be replaced.
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2012-05-10 10:50:07 AM

SmackLT: I've never said it. NFL refs get it right more often than any other referees in any other sport that I've seen.

They're fallible, but compared to NBA refs...


I think the NHL has the best officials, personally, even though when they DO screw up, they seem like they can throw the game more easily than any officials other than the NBA.
 
2012-05-10 10:54:18 AM

The Third Man: Replacement refs would be a real mess for the NFL. MLB and the NHL can just promote minor-league refs, and let the minors handle having replacements. As SmackLT said, NBA refs pretty much suck anyway so nobody would notice.

But with the NFL...your closest equivalent is college football. College FB refs are employed by their conferences, who have no incentive to release them to work in the NFL for who knows how long. I'm sure the NFL has reserve officiating teams but they're probably part of the union too.


This is all correct.... Remember too that any "replacement" official that the NFL uses will be instantly blackballed by the current union. Therefore, any NCAA Division I Official who even has the remote inkling that he/she might make the NFL someday, no way will they cross the picket lines as a replacement ref to work games.

You will only get the "past their prime" college officials who realize they have nothing to lose and everything to brag about by accepting an NFL assignment.
 
2012-05-10 12:40:44 PM
If they do go with this plan can we turn it into a whacky comedy starring Keanu Reaves when it's all over?
 
2012-05-10 12:46:50 PM
I used to date a girl whose dad was a scab umpire during the 1979 MLB umpire's strike. Their whole family dynamic was a bit hinky, if you know what I mean. She was 24, and cute as a button, albeit with two kids already. She told me not to kiss her in front of her father but I done it anyway, and he about dropped the baby.

I went paintballing with him (my first time) and her brothers a few weeks after that. She told me not to go, but what the hell, I was tired of getting the cold shoulder from them. I found me a good primary hidey-hole and a likely secondary spot to fall back on, and waited.

These hillbillies came galumphing through the woods like they was on a picnic. I marked each and every one of them at least twice, and when they rushed where I was shooting from, they found nothing. I came home without a mark. After that, I was no longer welcome at their place. Oh well, she had bad teeth anyway.
 
2012-05-10 02:25:54 PM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: I used to date a girl whose dad was a scab umpire during the 1979 MLB umpire's strike. Their whole family dynamic was a bit hinky, if you know what I mean. She was 24, and cute as a button, albeit with two kids already. She told me not to kiss her in front of her father but I done it anyway, and he about dropped the baby.

I went paintballing with him (my first time) and her brothers a few weeks after that. She told me not to go, but what the hell, I was tired of getting the cold shoulder from them. I found me a good primary hidey-hole and a likely secondary spot to fall back on, and waited.

These hillbillies came galumphing through the woods like they was on a picnic. I marked each and every one of them at least twice, and when they rushed where I was shooting from, they found nothing. I came home without a mark. After that, I was no longer welcome at their place. Oh well, she had bad teeth anyway.


What did I just read?
 
2012-05-10 03:41:46 PM

al-Mundane: What did I just read?


Truth is stranger than fiction, huh! :)
 
2012-05-10 04:09:40 PM
I'm actually quite impressed with NFL referees. However, I do scratch my head when they expect an old and overweight ref try to keep up with an athlete in their prime. The NFL should pay a living wage to refs and be expected them to be in good physical condition, review game tapes with officiating critiques of every game played and perhaps even attend team practices throughout the season.
 
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