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Replacement Refs Redefine ‘Touchdown’
Wall Street Journal, by David Roth

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 9/25/2012 7:55:04 PM

The NFL is the biggest deal in American sports. But it lives in a loud, lucrative sort of tension, always on the cusp of a terrible tomorrow. (Snip) At the end of the Seattle Seahawks’ home game against the Green Bay Packers, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson heaved the ball into the end zone, where Seahawks receiver Golden Tate shoved a Packers defensive back out of the way, and then wrestled for the ball with cornerback N.D. Jennings, who appeared to make an interception. The officials ruled it a touchdown after Tate wrestled the ball away

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A fairly lengthy statement from the NFL winds up the article.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 9/25/2012 8:24:09 PM     (No. 8890011)

If my memory serves me, there was a cacophony of complaints last year about the lousy/missed calls by the refs. At issue in this strike is not money, as with every union action it's about accountability. The owners want to be able to hire new refs to train so they can use them to replace suspended refs who screw up calls. There is also a bid to give them 401K's instead of the huge retirement packages. I say pull a Reagan and fire everyone of the bums!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 9/25/2012 8:43:09 PM     (No. 8890055)

Well in effect, #1, they have been fired.
The 'real' officials are not on strike, they've been locked out, and in fact, they've been locked out since the Players' Association (NFLPA) were renegotiating their contract last year. The NFL knew full well the officials' contract was up, but did nothing to move it along.
Now look at what they've got. I read earlier today that 16 of 20 replays were overturned on calls made by the poser crews. That ratio is WAY above the 'real' officials ratio.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: reddfroge, 9/25/2012 10:34:55 PM     (No. 8890269)

Hey, Lefty sportcasters...'equal outcomes'...how do you like it when it is in your realm

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