3 Reasons The NFL Will Be Making A Huge Mistake By Using Replacement Referees During The Regular Season
Seven. More. Days. That’s all that stands between us…and the start of the 2012-13 NFL season. And, while we’re going to be upset to leave summer 2012 behind us after this weekend, it certainly helps to have football to look forward to every single Sunday for the next four months. For sports fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
This NFL season is probably going to get off to a rocky start, though. Unfortunately, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association have not been able to come to some sort of understanding on a new collective bargaining agreement. So, rather than starting the ’12-’13 NFL season off with real referees, we’ll be getting replacement refs for at least Week 1 of the season, if not longer. And, we have a real problem with this. Why? Well, to help tell you why, we put together a list of the 3 reasons the NFL will be making a huge mistake by using replacement referees during the regular season. Here they are:
1. The replacement referees have done a pretty shaky job during the NFL preseason.
They’re awarded the ball to teams who aren’t even involved in the game (d’oh!). They’ve missed more calls than they’ve made (okay, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration but…). Hell, they’ve even managed to mess up a couple of coin tosses! Who messes up the coin toss?! The truth is that, much as we understand the predicament they’re in, the replacement refs have done a pretty crappy job during the preseason. So, why should we believe that they’ll do any better once the regular season starts?
2. The replacement referees could cause players to get hurt during games.
The real NFL referees know what calls to make, when to call them, and how to keep a game under control. The replacement referees, well, don’t. Because they’re used to calling games that operate at a much slower speed (a lot of them are college referees), they always look a step or two behind. Those indecisive moments could get someone hurt out on the football field. And, it’d be a real shame to see a player miss the entire season simply because of a bad call by a replacement referee.
3. The replacement referees might keep a team out of the playoffs later in the season.
We don’t want to get too dramatic here. But, there are only 16 games in an NFL team’s season. So, every single win and loss counts. Can you imagine what would happen if a replacement ref blew a call that handed a team a loss in Week 1 and, later, that loss cost that team a playoff spot? Okay, so maybe it wouldn’t be all their fault but we don’t want the replacement refs hurting a team’s chances of success. Likewise, we don’t want them to feel so much pressure that they blow more calls than they should.
So, can’t the NFL work a little harder to work out a deal with the real refs? Please? We can’t believe we’re saying this, but football just won’t be the same without them.