One of the biggest NFL stories so far in the 2012 season is the replacement referees, who have proven to be completely incompetent at managing, controlling, and reffing games in this league.
The breaking point came in week three during Monday Night Football when the replacement refs incorrectly ruled that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate caught a 24-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from quarterback Russell Wilson on the final play of the game. The play gave the Seahawks an improbable 14-12 victory, but in reality, the refs should have ruled that the play was an interception by Green Bay Packers defensive back MD Jennings. I truly believe, by the way, that the refs refused to reverse the call because they were scared of the Seahawks home crowd.
The explosion on Twitter last night was unlike anything I have ever seen in any sporting event in my life, and that includes Tim Tebow going all John 3:16 on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the ending to the New England Patriots–New York Giants Super Bowl, and LeBron James finally winning his first NBA title.
I heard a lot of people saying that the controversy has to force the real referees to come back.
I don’t agree. I think it does the exact opposite.
The real referees have even MORE leverage in their feud with the NFL because they have the advantage. The NFL is in trouble of losing its credibility due to the numerous blown calls by the replacement refs. The league NEEDS the refs to come back. The refs don’t need to come back.
I’d expect the talks to continue to struggle over the next few weeks. The NFL can be extremely stubborn and they know that their ratings will still top every other sport even if the real referees do not come back.
Sure, fans hate the replacement refs, but do they stop watching the games? No, they don’t. It just gives them more to talk about.
The replacement refs hold all the cards right now. This thing isn’t ending anytime soon.