It’s pretty disgraceful the first week of NFL games will be officiated by scabs. These guys will be intimidated by the players and will have a hard time working up the nerve to call holding on the line of scrimmage and pass interference.
Some of the big college conferences wouldn’t let their guys officiate NFL games, so the scabs are not even from the elite college pool. Here’s what I wonder. What if a player gets hurt on a blown call by a scab? Are we talking lawsuit? We should be. The league has the obligation to provide the best officials for the safety of the players, among other things.
A former NFL coach sent me the following email.
Here is one for the record books……….
One of the replacement officials who will be working this first week of the NFL season has spent the last 4 weeks alternating between refereeing six-man football games at small Texas high schools and then working pre-season games in the NFL on weekends.
Wayne Bernier is his name, and he told the Amarillo Globe-News “that it’s not as big a difference as you might think.”
Holy smokes……not only does he have to adjust to calling games involving bigger, stronger and faster players but also adjust to a game with 22 player, opposed to 12, on the field.
Also, I imagine 6-man rules are slightly different than NFL rules.
Come Sunday, it will be a different world.