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(Deadspin)   After Monday Night Football debacle, the commissioner of the Lingerie Football League announces that some of the replacement NFL refs used to work in his league. And were fired for "incompetent officiating." Your move, Rog   ( divider line
    More: Followup, Lingerie Football League, Ref Sanchez, NFL, Mike Pereira, text replacement, Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, football league  
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3152 clicks; posted to Sports » on 25 Sep 2012 at 4:55 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-09-25 05:09:29 AM  
3 votes:
If I was the leader of the locked out refs; I would turn off the phone and start working on new demands.
2012-09-25 09:44:21 AM  
2 votes:
I'm out.

What is on display isn't the football I grew up loving. It isn't what I've spent my adult life supporting.

We've seen the scab refs get progressively worse and worse with each passing 'game'. At first, it was "Aw, they aren't THAT bad!"...then on to "Well, they're doing the best they can!"...and eventually to "How bad could it be?" and "Just wait until games are decided by these refs!".

We're there. The next step, which I expect to be taken sooner rather than later, will be injuries caused by the lack of control by the refs, possibly even careers altered/ended by the lack of command they have.

We're already at the point of giving wins and losses out randomly based on nothing in particular, and there's not many games in a season to begin with. Ask last year's Giants squad what one less win would have meant to their post-season hopes.

I'm from Wisconsin, and I'm as big a football fan as you've got. I have signed memorabilia displayed on the walls of my home, team graphics and colors all over my truck, I even own multiple shares of 'stock' in my team. I eat, breathe, sleep, and endlessly obsess over my beloved Packers. But what you've done now is made the entire thing an unwatchable mess. Over *money*, and not a lot of it either.

I have been the last holdout in my house that watches cable for a long time now. The wife and kid use Netflix and the internet to watch what they want, when they want. I only kept my cable subscription for football games. That's over now. I cancelled my cable, and they shut if off already. Good riddance.

So long as they current abomination continues, and so long as these scab referees are calling and costing games, I won' t be watching. That means nothing to Darth Goodell, of course, and I expect as much. I also know it doesn't mean much to the meat-puppet DeMaurice Smith, even though he's supposed to have the best interests of the players in mind...he never had, and probably never will have, a clue.

No, this is more to the SPONSORS. You know, the ones that write checks for gazillions of dollars for access to *my* eyeballs while I watched my team.

Hi, sponsors. I'm not there any more. My cable is off, my subscription is over, and I will NOT, under any circumstances, support the travesty that is the current state of officiating in the NFL. I won't be seeing the commercials that you want to use to sell your wares any more. Because Goodell and Smith have decided that the players don't matter, the actual integrity of the game doesn't matter, and who wins and loses doesn't matter, so long as the endorsement money keeps coming in.

Well, how long you want to keep giving money to the NFL is up to you. But there's one fewer pair of eyes for you to sell your goods and services to now. Stop asking focus groups and marketing drones and start asking actual football fans. More and more of us are leaving in droves with every botched game.

This weekend's games were way, way beyond horrible. They were as bad as ye olden days of '83 for the 'players' on the field (yes, I'm getting old and I do remember that, thanks) and I see no signs of it getting any better as time goes on. The hapless officials are getting progressively WORSE each week, missing more obvious calls and calling more bullshiat phantom penalties for no reason.

They are clearly out of their depth. They don't know the rules, they can't handle the speed of the game, and at the end of the day, the previously solid-gold product called NFL games has become a sad joke.
Its a joke that lost one of its most vocal supporters last night, with the abortion on national TV called Monday Night Football.

The straw has broken the camel's back. I'm saddened that it has come to this, but as one must often cut to cure when an infection has festered, this needed to happen as well.

Goodbye, NFL. Let me know when you get the normal refs back, and the games are actually competative contests again, and maybe I'll come back. Perhaps.
2012-09-25 08:42:07 AM  
2 votes:
I love how people can be completely set against labor unions and any type of collective bargaining, but as soon as their favorite sports team is affected they lose their minds and demand that the union's demands be met.
2012-09-25 05:11:01 PM  
1 vote:

FitzShivering: General comment I keep seeing today:

"I'm not watching any more NFL!"

/"Until the next game comes on!"

In fact, I'd bet the Browns/Ravens ratings will be higher than usual, because people will be tuning in to see just how badly the scabs can potato their derp.
2012-09-25 04:21:09 PM  
1 vote:
General comment I keep seeing today:

"I'm not watching any more NFL!"

/"Until the next game comes on!"
2012-09-25 01:28:42 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-09-25 10:12:56 AM  
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2012-09-25 09:48:44 AM  
1 vote:
What sucks the most is that people forgot how much the Seahags' D completely dominated this game. 8 sacks in the first half? Packers didn't deserve to win.
2012-09-25 09:30:56 AM  
1 vote:
In a well-officiated game, the Seahawks win 7-3.
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