cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The farce that has been NFL Football with less-than-fully-capable referees running football games took its toll on the Packers last evening. The NFL can fine every player and every coach in the league and the answer remains the same: these officials, certainly doing the best they can do, are not the best officials available. Those ‘best officials’ are available if the NFL gets to the settlement of their agreement quickly.
A smash-mouth football game ended with a VERY questionable call, and that call cost the Packers the game. Instead of being 2-1, they are now 1-2. That doesn’t seem as big this morning with most of the season left, but it could seem insurmountable late in this season.
There will likely be fines issued today by the NFL for Packer players and even for the coach given some of the post-game responses to questions posed, as well as to the Tweets that have been publicized overnight.
All this comes down to settling with the A-game referees and settling soon. If the NFL has given up leverage it thought it had, it is the NFL’s fault. The league made its decision to employ the less-capable referees thinking they’d become better able to do the job after a game or two; the league was obviously over-estimating the hoped-for improvement in those capabilities. If anything, the calls are worsening rather than improving.
So, the PACKERS got “jobbed” as the saying goes and that is history. That isn’t going to change and it could prove to have been critical to the season’s hopes.
The NFL had better get its ‘stuff’ together and get this period behind it or it will have greater issues with viewership, TV deals and loss of fan loyalty than it has with finding an agreement with the referees.
The quality of game being delivered so far this season is mediocre at best…and a load of dung, at worst. When a single call so obviously missed (offensive pass interference occurred before the questionable catch, for example) costs a team a game, it is past time for settlement and the swallowing of false pride.
Get your job done Mr. Commissioner!