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September 24, 2012, 12:08 AM
After the Monday Night debacle, I just witnessed what I believe to be the WORST officiated game EVER tonight with New England and Baltimore. I guess as long as the fans keep attending and watching, the NFL is going to be in no hurry to end the lockout of the real refs.

I saw Ziggy Hood get chop blocked right in front of an official in the Steelers - Raiders game. Hood was injured on the play and NO call was made. So much for the NFL and "the integrity of the game."

The league darn near had a riot on their hands in Baltimore tonight. PATHETIC!
September 24, 2012  06:11 AM ET

Chances are, there will be a thread started about this every week until a deal is done to return the regular refs to the game. And then we will be talking about them again.

September 24, 2012  07:20 AM ET

I'm more concerned that head hunting is alive and well in the NFL. Players figure those hits won't be called (and they aren't for the most part) so they don't have to worry about hurting their team with field position. They will get a fine but that only affects them and not their teammates.

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September 24, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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After the Monday Night debacle, I just witnessed what I believe to be the WORST officiated game EVER tonight with New England and Baltimore. I guess as long as the fans keep attending and watching, the NFL is going to be in no hurry to end the lockout of the real refs. I saw Ziggy Hood get chop blocked right in front of an official in the Steelers - Raiders game. Hood was injured on the play and NO call was made. So much for the NFL and "the integrity of the game." The league darn near had a riot on their hands in Baltimore tonight. PATHETIC!

I just got done commenting on the same thing. The Players are definately exploiting the replacement refs. Just like children, they will take enough rope to hang themselves. The replacement refs are INDEED a joke. I did finally get an eye on the one and only woman ref. during the Colts game, but I in fact had to look closely in HD to even notice she was a woman. (WHo cares) Some of the hits I saw yesterday were so brutal, I was embarrassed for the player and sorry for the recipient.
NOW....others would say this is more like old school football. The only difference is these players today are stronger bigger faster. Like a human missle with a kevlar helmet. I am so glad my nephew is playing golf in Highschool and not football!

September 24, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Tonight I will do the only reasonable thing there is to do. NOT WATCH MNF. I refuse to watch what has become the WWF. The NFL refuses to pay their most experienced and best refs $200,000 a year? Pathetic. I would like to see Goodell's and the rest of the leagues executives have their pay cut to $200,000 a year. If you're the best in the world at what you do, you should be compensated for it. I refuse to watch this GARBAGE, it's insulting.

September 24, 2012  11:27 AM ET
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Tonight I will do the only reasonable thing there is to do. NOT WATCH MNF. I refuse to watch what has become the WWF. The NFL refuses to pay their most experienced and best refs $200,000 a year? Pathetic. I would like to see Goodell's and the rest of the leagues executives have their pay cut to $200,000 a year. If you're the best in the world at what you do, you should be compensated for it. I refuse to watch this GARBAGE, it's insulting.

$200,000 is great pay for a part time job.

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September 24, 2012  11:31 AM ET

If the Seahawks play defense like they did last week might be a long night for Rodgers. Sorry..no discount double-checks available here!!!

September 24, 2012  11:54 AM ET
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$200,000 is great pay for a part time job.

Where do I sign up??

September 24, 2012  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

$200,000 is great pay for a part time job.

Yeah!!! It's more than most people (myself included) get paid at their full-time jobs. :^(

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September 24, 2012  03:44 PM ET
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Wut Wut

Hut Hut

September 24, 2012  04:02 PM ET

I agree with the statement made by Steve Young ! The NFL is OUT to rid itself of the UNION that represents the full time referees simply because it wants full control of these referees and to exert it's powers to do as they see fit when ever and however they so choose! Money is NOT the issue here ! POWER IS ! They could care less about the gripes from the fans and the media just as long as the$$$ money ### continues to roll in unabated !

September 24, 2012  04:11 PM ET

I saw Ziggy Hood get chop blocked right in front of an official in the Steelers - Raiders game. Hood was injured on the play and NO call was made. So much for the NFL and "the integrity of the game."



Watch that play again. The play is legal when the defender is engaged.

There were some bad calls this weekend - like the no call on Heyward-Bey - but this wasn't one of them.

September 24, 2012  07:08 PM ET

There are always going to be a few bad calls. The replacement refs will improve with more experience in the NFL.

September 24, 2012  07:29 PM ET
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what are you going to watch.....?

The DIY channel probably has something on about home improvement. Like Restoration Maniacs or Pimp My Bathroom.
Enjoy,
I'll watch the game, the Seahawks are starting to get real interesting.

By the way both teams in every game have to deal with the situation and the player pay more in taxes than any of us make for a living, so boo hoo.

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September 24, 2012  07:58 PM ET

The main issues are not their pay for doing a part time job. The hangups are their pension which the league wants to make the same as other league employees and training more refs. The refs want to keep their pension as is and not go to the same system as other NFL employees. The refs also do not want a larger pool of trained officials.

September 24, 2012  10:35 PM ET

Pats-Ravens game looked more like it belonged in the XFL than the NFL!

 
September 24, 2012  11:08 PM ET

How about the 12 men on the field penalty before the snap? The announcers said that the rule is if the snap is imminent they can enforce the penalty even though the play never happened (what snap isn't imminent?) But just so happens, before the "imminent" snap, Rodgers attempted to call timeout. But instead was awarded 5 yards and a stop of play.

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