The replacement officials are a disgrace and they are dangerous. I blame them for that scary hit on Heyward-Bey. The game already was out of control because no one respects these officials. Heyward-Bey got hit helmet to helmet — the officials’ fault.
Bill Belichick grabbed a ref, certainly not allowed, but it’s because he does not respect them.
Roger Goodell keeps pretending the refs are doing a good job. Goodell says he cares about the safety of players. Did he care about the safety of Heyward-Bey?
The knucklehead refs probably cost the Lions the game in their OT loss to Tennesse. They marked off the penalty from the Detroit 44 instead of the Tennessee 44. Tennessee kicked the game winning field. If the penalty had had been assessed correctly, Tennesse would have punted.
The refs gave Jim Harbaugh an extra timeout.
These replacements don’t even know the rules and they are dangerous.
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  1. Alex

    Seriously. They’re actually getting worse every week.

    September 24th, 2012 12:49 pm

  2. B-Rad

    I don’t blame the officials at all in terms of their poor on-field performance,
    they’re not qualified and are unable to perform the job on this level.

    (Whether they are nothing but scabs who are undermining their NFL brethren
    who have legitimate complaints against the owners is another topic.)

    My complaint is that the owners have never wanted to spend the pesos
    necessary to employ full-time officials in this multi-billion dollar
    industry. And they don’t have to, all of us will continue to follow the
    sport like sheep regardless of who is officiating.

    If the 2006 Super Bowl, when the officials essentially gave the Steelers
    2 TDs on their way to an 11 point victory over Seattle wouldn’t embarrass
    the owners into hiring full-time officials, nothing will.

    September 24th, 2012 12:54 pm

  3. Kommon Senze

    To be fair, I don’t think the refs are at fault. They have been put in this untenable position by the lockout of the regular officials. Obviously they do not know the rules (how could they, in all honesty?); but they are trying their best. They should never have been put out on the field, however.

    The fault lies primarily, imo, with Goodell, who appears like a hypocrite regarding player safety and league integrity by allowing the replacements to even officiate the games. Some blame can also be placed on the actual officials, who also need to be more open to compromise on their negotiations, but, based on what I know of the details that have led to the stalemate, I put the larger onus on the league, who is trying to cut back on pensions, etc. despite the fact that the NFL is as healthy as it has ever been financially.

    To me, Goodell (and the owners, by proxy) appear like they are interested only in their bottom line. The whole notion that integrity is important is laughable given the ‘product’ they put on the field. It does appear to me that, with no financial reason to budge for the regular refs, that the NFL has dug its heels in, and that’s why they deserve all the criticism they are getting.

    I feel bad for the replacement officials, to be honest. They are in a no-win situation. Even Mike Pereira, who has been harsh in his criticism of their understanding of the rules, has said he doesn’t blame them or wish to demean them, because he knows they are doing the best they can. Their best simply isn’t good enough.

    September 24th, 2012 12:57 pm

  4. Stan

    Union busting NFL is getting what it deserves,what they paid for.

    September 24th, 2012 12:58 pm

  5. KauaiRobert

    Blame the owners–not the refs.

    September 24th, 2012 1:07 pm

  6. Johnc

    These replacement refs are like a box of chocolates.

    September 24th, 2012 2:47 pm

  7. Tiburon Dave

    I’m trying to decide who is the worst commissioner in pro sports…

    It’s tough to argue against Bud Selig but he fails from inaction rather than action and he rarely picks public fights…

    Roger Goodell makes a habit of picking public fights that he loses all the while damaging the product…

    Pay the Zebras Rog…you clearly have no plan B and you’re adding to your reputaion as a blowhard laughingstock…

    September 24th, 2012 2:49 pm

  8. Larry Rowe

    Cohn, I believe that the MS effect really cost us the game. It appeared as if the Vikes new every weakness and exploited them. So I say bad loss but not the end of the season. We should kill the Jets in the next game. It was too good of a game called on Offense and Defense. What do you think?

    September 24th, 2012 2:49 pm

  9. Hank

    That’s what I said in week 1, remember?

    I said it would take one of the Brady/Brees/Manning triplets to get his head knocked off for anything to come of this.

    Instead it was poor, lowly DHB, so we’ll go yet another week without action. Not even Belichick’s groping of a clearly blind ignoramus will quell this. It’ll take a triplet’s beheading.

    or… all the coaches, GMs, & players could unite under the totally rational and unequivocally righteous context that safety matters require an immediate reinstatement.

    What do you think, Mr. Cohn? Could that every happen?

    September 24th, 2012 2:57 pm

  10. lflong9erfn

    They called a helmet to helmet on D Goldson when it was clearly shoulder to chest. The game just seems to fast for these guys. The lack of respect gets worse and worse with each passing week and each blown call or non call. Every time the owners or commish says that they are doing fine and getting better the coaches, players and fans are laughing at them.

    September 24th, 2012 3:22 pm

  11. Lo Sbandato

    There’s quite a few out there saying that the replacements really aren’t that bad and everyone should stop complaining. Are they all blind, or is anti-union sentiment so strong they just can’t bring themselves to support the locked out officials?

    September 24th, 2012 3:26 pm

  12. David

    Please explain how an official, regular or replacement, prevents an illegal hit? I have seen illegal hits prior to this season so I don’t see the relationship to replacement officials.

    If I don’t respect YOUR work, is it OK if I grab you?

    I think the replacement officials are horrible, I just don’t see how they relate to your opinions.

    September 24th, 2012 3:46 pm

  13. Dennis

    You do have to admit they bring another element of intrigue to the game. Kind of keeps you on your toes. You are little over blown on the Heyward-Bey hit. Helmet to helmet hits did happen with the real refs. Players were carted off of the field when the real refs were there. I don’t believe there are any statistics that will suggest injuries are up this year because of the officiating or lack there of. But I am ready for the real refs to come back, but at a reasonable price.

    I mean I still watch the games and I still get mad at the refs, just now i find it a little more amusing – in a “what will they screw up next” sort of way.

    September 24th, 2012 3:59 pm

  14. KauaiRobert

    Lo Sbandato:
    Who here is saying that the officials are not that bad?
    I know I didn’t say that.
    You should re-read the comments above.
    If fans want to blame the replacements for blown calls–fine.
    They should keep in mind however that the replacements didn’t have a whole lot of prep time prior to the season to acclimate themselves to the Pro game.
    Just make sure that the majority of the blame is heaped on the owners who are solely responsible for the replacements even being on the field in the first place.

    September 24th, 2012 4:15 pm

  15. Joe H

    This was my prediction on your Scab blog at the beginning of the season.

    Joe H

    After the first set of week 1 is concluded and howls of protest begin, then labor negotiations will pick up steam.

    After the disaster of week 2, the NFL will defend its decision by using lawyerly weasel words to describe the meltdown.

    After the botched work of week 3 and resultant howls from the ticketholders, coaches, players and owners, negotiations with the union resume.

    The old refs return to work for week 4.

    September 7th, 2012 11:21 am

    I’m no longer confident about Week 4.

    September 24th, 2012 4:54 pm

  16. Rich, San Ramon

    Boy did they ever just screw the Packers. Wow. …NFL is a joke right now.

    September 24th, 2012 9:20 pm

  17. Streetglide

    Last night’s game was fixed. I’m serious. Anyone with eyes could see those calls were not awful, they were there to give the win to the Seahawks and making $$$$$$ for Las Vegas.
    Not only did the guy push off, he no control of that ball. It was either an interception or incomplete. Further, the defensive pass interference call was a bad joke. Lowell-san, give ‘em hell on this one…

    September 25th, 2012 4:42 am

  18. Alex

    MNF had to be fixed.

    September 25th, 2012 8:38 am

  19. Streetglide

    I gotta get a proofreader… -L-

    September 25th, 2012 8:45 am

  20. lflong9erfn

    As a 9er fan I would be happy to see either team lose last night. That said, that was the worst call in a string of bad calls and it finally cost a team the game. Listening to the talking heads try to justify the call is disgusting. Can we at least be honest and say the owners don’t care about the product on the field? A little honesty would be nice.

    September 25th, 2012 9:21 am

  21. Bray

    I’ve heard it has alot to do with the the NFL wanting to do away with the ‘real refs’ pensions and turn them into a 401k program.

    With that 2 billion in ‘extra’ revenue you’d think they could swing something, greedy bastards. Steve Young is correct, the league flat out doesn’t care, except for profit margins.

    Lowell- One minor disagreement, Jim Schwartz lost the DET-TEN game when he tried a QB sneak instead of kicking a chip shot FG.

    September 25th, 2012 9:48 am

  22. Streetglide

    Estimate of $150-$250M were lost by Packer fans on the MNF game because of that call according to eSPN. You can buy a lot of temporary workers when that much jingle is bouncing around.
    “Oddsmaker Danny Sheridan, who sets the lines for USA Today, had the highest estimate of those surveyed by ESPN.com. Sheridan said Tuesday morning that he believes that $1 billion in total money changed hands with the touchdown call… (from ESPN)”

    September 25th, 2012 9:55 am

  23. Streetglide

    After reading the NFL’s response to the game last night, I am more convinced than ever that the fix was in.

    September 25th, 2012 10:27 am

  24. KauaiRobert

    This is like a bad Twilight Zone episode…

    September 25th, 2012 11:50 am

  25. Stan

    I proofread your post Street. Looked fine to me-wink.

    September 25th, 2012 12:06 pm

  26. B-Rad

    So now even the President is commenting about this situation, but
    I don’t think the NFL can fine him like they are doing with all players
    or coaches who criticize anyone associated with this fiasco.

    If this were MLB or the NBA, I would quit watching for a year, but
    I like the NFL too much. Yes, I’m pathetic, but not nearly as much so
    as the NFL owners.

    September 25th, 2012 1:27 pm

  27. Streetglide

    THanks.Even Looking closely, Part of me misses little things Stan-san…

    September 25th, 2012 1:40 pm

  28. Dennis

    I was listening to KNBR this morning and some guy was on there saying that this will go on for the whole season. That Goodell has nothing to do with it – the owners are driving this. Next season the NFL will open up the ref jobs to refs from the major college conferences who now get paid about a 1/3 as much. They will be happy to take those jobs and do just as good as the regular NFL refs who will be out looking for work. So my question is, if you are already getting paid three times more than you can be replaced for, should you be asking for more?

    I would also add, all hysterics to the contrary, this ref thing is not hurting anyone but the ref’s that are out on strike. Certainly the pundits are having a field day talking about it. The call-in shows and the blogs are going crazy, game attendance remains the same and the TV audience has not dropped. Oh and the advertising hasn’t gone away either. Again, the NFL refs are the only ones being hurt here. And there is no one on this blog who can say, with a straight face, that if they were an owner they would give the NFL refs everything they want just for the “integrity” of the game. No one is going to say, hey, we are making a ton of money so let’s give them everything they are asking for. Let’s pay these guys three times more than we can replace them for. Life doesn’t work that way.

    This strike reminds me a lot of the air traffic controller’s strike when Reagan fired them all. It was certainly a bigger hardship on everyone than this is but we got over it and we will get over this. Sometimes unions seek more than is prudent for their own good

    September 25th, 2012 4:09 pm

  29. chris

    have to agree that the bad refs make the game interesting and entertaining like the game was back in the 70′s. Now we’ll have more plays like the immaculate Reception and the Holy Roller. Should be fun…….. although the Packers aren’t laughing thats for sure.

    September 25th, 2012 7:47 pm

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