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Guess which Ram loves 'lawless' football

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08:04 AM ET 09.20 | For all the heat replacement officials are taking, some of which comes with an agenda, Cortland Finnegan has a different take. Perhaps that "F" in Finnegan stands for "feisty." Because if you could pick the one Ram who most enjoys the "lawless country" (as one teammate put it) that is Replacement Refs football, it would be Finnegan. "They just let you play football," said Finnegan, his voice hoarse from a Sunday spent yelling encouragement to teammates and -- dare we say -- trash-talking opponents. "They let you play football out there, and that's one of those things you enjoy." In that sense, Finnegan is a throwback player caught on a 21st century gridiron. "I admire the old-school players," he said.

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September 20, 2012  08:08 AM ET

Overrated. He's probably glad he won't get his face bashed in by Andre Johnson twice a year.

September 20, 2012  08:12 AM ET

The 'F' is for something more appropriate for this guy.

September 20, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Lawless? How about clueless?

What I've seen from these replacements is that they won't let them play football. I see more crap that shouldn't be called than non-calls of actual fouls.

September 20, 2012  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The 'F' is for something more appropriate for this guy.

Exactly.

September 20, 2012  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Exactly.

Golden Tate found out how much lawless can cost. HA!!!

September 20, 2012  08:40 AM ET

From what I've seen, I think the replacement refs have benefitted defensive secondaries most. A lot of illegal contact is just not getting called. Finnegan is on to something.

September 20, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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From what I've seen, I think the replacement refs have benefitted defensive secondaries most. A lot of illegal contact is just not getting called. Finnegan is on to something.

Explain that to the Titans' secondary. They are horrific. Robert Johnson will NEVER be beaten deep. He plays 40 yards off the ball.

September 20, 2012  08:47 AM ET

He's nothing but a punk and should be glad Hines Ward retired because he used to get clocked by him every game.

Would love to see some team run a 3 play series of USC 'esque power sweeps and have a couple lineman bury him until he had to be dragged off the field.

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September 20, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Explain that to the Titans' secondary. They are horrific. Robert Johnson will NEVER be beaten deep. He plays 40 yards off the ball.

Yeah, the Giants' secondary, too. Guess you've got to be able to play the position to take advantage of the refs.

September 20, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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From what I've seen, I think the replacement refs have benefitted defensive secondaries most. A lot of illegal contact is just not getting called. Finnegan is on to something.

It would appear that we've been watching a different league, based on what I've seen.

But, in fact, we're just watching different games, and more important, different crews of replacement refs. When one crew is not calling anything, and another crew is making up fantasy fouls, it's really confusing to fans, players and coaches alike.

September 20, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Lawless football is fun!!

Topless cheerleaders are even more fun!

September 20, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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It would appear that we've been watching a different league, based on what I've seen.But, in fact, we're just watching different games, and more important, different crews of replacement refs. When one crew is not calling anything, and another crew is making up fantasy fouls, it's really confusing to fans, players and coaches alike.

Bull's eye. And that could be what is most frustrating to players and fans alike.

September 20, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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Topless cheerleaders are even more fun!

Replace the Cheerleaders with strippers? It worked well in the movie...

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September 20, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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why yes...getting under the covers with them is even better

'cover the spread'

September 20, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Lawless? How about clueless?What I've seen from these replacements is that they won't let them play football. I see more crap that shouldn't be called than non-calls of actual fouls.

LMFAO, there you go again crying about the refs, because you team lost. Send me your address and I will mail you a "crying towel""!!!! LOL.

September 20, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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'cover the spread'

The spread under the covers?

September 20, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Golden Tate found out how much lawless can cost. HA!!!

IMO, it was a clean hit. It was very physical, but he didn't hit the guy in the head and he didn't hit him with his helmet. It was more about Lee getting caught off guard than anything else.

 
September 20, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Finnegan may be a jerk, but he's totally right. For those who liked old-school football when you could actually bump the receiver, the new get-away-with-illegal contact defenses is refreshing. Just wish the replacements would get the rest of the calls right.

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