hopefully the media jackasses and game announcers will be equally vigilent in noting the dozens of weekly screwups by the regular incompetent part time insurance salesmen as they were with the "replacements"
We might actually get games in under 4 hours again... YES!
All kidding aside, the regular refs will occasionally blow calls too, but they keep far better control of the game and are far more decisive and accurate with calls. The difference with the replacement refs was very noticeable.
The on-field refs were replacement refs... the replay officials were not... I think that the replay officials tanked that Monday night touchdown call on purpose with the idea that it would create such an uproar (and make the replacement officials look so bad) that the NFL would have no choice but to cave and get the real refs back.. they had their forum and opportunity and jumped right on it...
I am not normally one of these conspiracy theory people - but that call was so awful and obvious and could have certainly been overturned, yet it wasn't... The Packers lost but the rest of the league and fans won... I am just happy that it didn't come at the Jets expense
I cannot believe the bellyaching going on in this thread. I don't see how anyone can argue that the use of replacement officials hasn't had a negative impact on the game. I also can't believe that people seriously believe that the Pats receive preferential treatment from the league. I kid Pats fans about that, but I don't actually believe that it's true.
The regular refs make their share of mistakes as well, but they're far better at calling games than the replacements are. No more 10 yard defensive holding and 27 yard personal foul penalties. You may not like the rules, but they'll go back to being enforced properly.
Dan Lebatard made a very good point about this whole thing. People complain about referees and officials having big egos, but you need to have an ego in order to be a good ref. That's the only way you can keep the flag in your pocket when the superstar is begging for it, or make an unpopular call in front of 70,000 screaming fans, or not be bullied by a coach (Can anyone imagine Belichick putting his hands on Hochuli?).
It wouldn't have been as big a deal if they could have gotten refs from the SEC, Pac 12, Big 12, etc., but those guys already have jobs. You'll notice that the guy that called touchback on Monday was a former Big 12 ref, the guy that called touchdown is a junior college ref.
they are normally out of shape and unprepared every Sunday so they should be able to reach the Ron Winter/Ed Hochilli/Walt Coleman/Jeff Triplette normal standard of incompetence in plenty of time for tomorrow and be ready to start blowing calls