This is the NFL. This is the NFL on Drugs…

 

After three weeks of nonsense surrounding the NFL’s replacement ref’s, I’ve come to the conclusion this isn’t going to end well.  Let’s be realistic.  After several game changing blunders over the weekend there is still no word of a contract resolution.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe the powers that be don’t care.  Maybe there’s a problem with someone being unwilling to swallow their pride.  At this point it doesn’t really matter.  The integrity of the 2012 NFL season has been compromised.  PEDs are no longer an issue.  Player safety is not an issue.  Who’s the best team is not an issue.  The care of retired players is not an issue.  Nothing directly related to the game of football is an issue any more.

You know how this is going to end?  Roger, the NFL, and the owners are going to hold out until the original officials cave in.  Not because their requests are unfair and they’ve seen the error of their ways, but because they feel pity for what’s become of their beloved game.  They want to rescue it from the chaos it has plunged.  The NFL should come out and salute the (original) officials.  The NFL, built on so much history and human achievement, should finally realize the officials have been an integral part of it all.  But that’s not going to happen.  NFL management has got to feel superior to someone.  The player’s union is too strong so we can’t talk down to them (not like we’d like to), but the officials… now there’s a group of guys we can keep under our heels.  So NFL management will win.  The ref’s will come back towards the end of a destroyed season with a minor consolation here or there.  And the NFL will suck a fat cigar, slurp some scotch, and fall back into their dark little corner until reluctantly they are forced out of hiding by another annoying and petty issue.

So, why not have some fun with it?  Let’s broaden the bounds of what is acceptable in such an honorable contest.  Let’s let the coaches grab the officials whenever they want.  They deserve it right?  When an official walks by let’s just spin them completely around and get their full attention.  If that doesn’t work… we could inadvertently trip them as they jog by.  I mean a good minute conversation could come out of helping someone off the turf.  And the officials, hey they have rights too.  I’m thinking pepper spray or mace.  Some of the NFL players are 6’5” and 300 lbs.  If they get into an official’s face these little guys might need to protect themselves.  (Where is Ed Hochuli when you need him?)  And if a player talks crap to a ref, then we should allow some creative retribution.  I can hear the sportscaster now:

“Gibson is running down the sidelines.  He’s got a step on the DB.  This could be a big play for the Rams, but wait.  This is amazing.  Official Jones is running down the field.  He has moved in behind Gibson.  Gibson reaches up to make the catch, but suddenly Jones shoves him in the face.  No reception on the play and Gibson has gone down hard.  Gibson was lucky not to lose his helmet on that shot John.  Yeah, we’ve seen this before.  You just don’t want to mess with Official Jones.”

Sounds reasonable right?  Of course not.  This is ridiculous.  Roger Goodell et all; fix this mess and shame on you.


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