The NFL Is Lowering Its Standards With Replacement RefsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Running Backs Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
The National Football League is lowering its standards by allowing replacement refs to officiate the games. The Birds benefited from having the replacement refs this week. The offensive pass interference penalty which was called on Jacoby Jones to negate a touchdown catch would have been unlikely with the regular refs, but who knows what kind of calls will be made in the future. If the Birds lose a big game because of the refs, Eagles fans are going to be furious.
If a call costs a team a playoff appearance or championship, it will hurt the credibility of the league because everyone will know that this could have been avoided. The fans will assume that the regular refs wouldn’t have made that mistake.
Too many of these refs have a fan mentality rather than that of a professional. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says one of the refs from Sunday’s game had fantasy football on his mind on Sunday.
“They’re like fans, kind of though, McCoy said. I’ll be honest, they’re like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like “McCoy come on, I need you for my fantasy,” ahhh, what?!”
The Eagles Pro Bowl running says the replacement refs are easily intimidated.
“During the game, they made like a bad call or something, the ref, and I see Ray Lewis like pump his chest up, trying to scare him,” McCoy said. ”Don’t you know the ref started stuttering. I’m like what’s this?”
There was also a referee who was going to officiate a New Orleans Saints game, but the league found out he had a Facebook page which showed how much he loved the Saints. Fittingly they dismissed him from the game, but I wonder if there aren’t other replacement refs, who are big fans of other teams.
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