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I didn't see the Colts/Bears game but apparently the Bears had big troubles until Freeney went out.
If we lived in an alternate universe where no one knew who the referees told and we were never told these were replacement officials, would we even have noticed yet?
the afc east is not having a good weekend save for the bills who got to play a romeo coached team which is like playing the jv
Upset about the Skins loss, Morgan's an idiot and Rocca (useless fuxking Aussie) was charged down again. Looked like he hesitated a step.
Goodbye, replacement refs.
$20 says there's still replacement refs next week.
At first I thought calling a TD instead of INT made sense because "scoring plays are reviewable"... but inside 2 minutes all plays are reviewable on the booth's decision.
What I'm wondering is whether the replacement refs are actually worse, or whether the spotlight is on them so people are complaining more.
Ref who signaled TD does JUCO football and basketball in California. One who didn't has reffed Big 12, arena and NFL Europe.
@230 is a great example. Deadspin has been SHREDDING the replacements unmercifully. And in an entertaining manner.
Would they get as many hits writing articles like "Replacement refs not really that bad". I don't think so. I think they feed of the (perceived) failure.
Like I said - I cannot objectively tell whether the refs are worse. And if there is such a thing as a self-fulfilling prophecy, it would look just like this. But how can you tell?
The one real effect may be that even if these refs aren't significantly worse, they don't have the respect of the players/coaches, and so chaos has ensued.
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