Thursday, September 27, 2012

Replacement Ref Thoughts

The most important thing about tonight's game between the Ravens and the Browns is that the regular NFL officials are back. After a travesty of a weekend of officiating by the scabs, it probably took the final play of the Packers-Seahawks game to get the NFL and the refs to make a deal and quickly so that they could be in Baltimore for tonight's game because one more game couldn't be played with the replacements anymore.

We see that there is a chink in the NFL's armor after this episode. Roger Goodell and the 32 owners took a well-deserved beating on how they handled this situation with the officials. Right now, Goodell is hated more for having replacement refs than Gary Bettman is for shutting down his league once again, seven years ever he shut the doors for a full season. He's more hated than David Stern, who also shut his league's doors for a couple months, then interfered with a trade just days after the agreement was made. Which makes Bud Selig the least hated commissioner in all of sports, a statement which if you were to tell me that this would happen back in 2002, I'd probably laugh or punch you in the face for being so dumb.

I guess the most important thing is that NFL games are now truly legitimate. It's too bad that three weeks was wasted on nonsense and it could for all we know cost the Green Bay Packers a playoff spot (or reward Seattle with one).

As for tonight, I think the Browns keep it close with Baltimore in the short week for both teams, plus a letdown for the Ravens after that gutty win over the Pats. Ravens win, but Browns cover the 13 points.

Last week: 8-7-1
Season: 26-20-2

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