Bill Plaschke: Now throw a white flag and bring back the NFL officials

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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    Re: "The reffing has been atrocious, but then again, that doesn't fit the narrative you want to write."

    EVERY one of the bad calls referenced above has also been made by a regular, and worse. We just don't hear an incessant, unjustified whine over those calls because the owners have, for monetary reasons, agreed to sanction anyone bad-mouthing the refs, and the players' union has an obligation to show solidarity with its brothers in the international labor movement.

    Is the officiating the same as with the regulars? No.

    But is it so bad that fans should pressure the NFL to cave in to union demands? Real, knowledgeable fans unanimously say, "not by a long shot."

    It's only the trade unionists and their shills that are disingenuously beating that drum.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    I've seen incessant replays of that play on ESPN. It appears to me that they both caught it and according to football rules at all levels, joint receptions/recoveries go to the offense. Both had their hands on the ball when caught. Both came down to the ground with it. It wasn't a bad call, and the replay official confirmed it.

    Quit your stinking whining.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    And there's one other detail you might want to know... some of these replacement refs... they were fired from the LFL because they weren't adequately skilled at their job. You know what the LFL is? The Lingerie Football League.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    "This is nothing more than the usual disingenuous trade-union propaganda. "

    You clearly haven't been watching the games. They give challenges when they aren't allowed. They gave a 27 yard penalty because they forgot which 42 yard line they were on. There have been massive hits that went unpenalized and phantoms that were penalized. They botched an offensive pass interference that even set up this final seattle play by calling it defensive pass interference, and then they missed both a very blatant push off and the interception on the final play. The reffing has been atrocious, but then again, that doesn't fit the narrative you want to write.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:58 a.m.

    The replacements are actually doing a decent job. Sure they are missing calls and taking longer to make those calls. Clearly they are not to the level of the regular officials, still it is no where near to the level that the players and media would like us to believe.

    When this is settled, it would be interesting to witness the same focus applied to the permanent refs. I agree that there should be a settlement, negotiate higher salaries, but don't give into to paying pensions to part time employees.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    Re: "Three weeks of gross incompetence by unqualified replacement officials . . . ."

    This is nothing more than the usual disingenuous trade-union propaganda. Media and sports-figure trade-union shills are merely acting at the bidding of their union-boss buddies, applying well-known, but ethically challenged pressure tactics.

    Regular officials --including NFL Referees Association head, Ed Hochuli [remember San Diego-Denver 2008, or Chicago-Detroit 2010?] make bad calls, too. Lots of them.

    And remember, the game-ending Seattle-Green Bay call WAS reviewed by a regular [in the booth], who couldn't find a reason to overturn it.

    There may be good reasons to settle and bring back the regulars, but an avalanche of game-affecting bad calls is not one of them.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    Not sure why the locked out refs would accept anything other than a huge raise at this point, they're in the driver's seat now and the NFL can't like that one bit.