The NFL replacement refs must go! Sign the petition!

If the Monday night game of the Green Bay Packers vs the Seatlle Seahawks wasn't enough proof that the replacement refs must go, nothing is! The final call of the game, which decided the winner, blantantly exposed the inexperience of the refs. In my opinion the call was wrong and it should have been ruled an interception, not a touchdown. Even the referees weren't sure. One referee is singaling an incomplete pass while the other is signaling a touchdown. With two referees clearly seeing things totally different, along with all the other bad calls over the past three weeks, it's time for this madness to stop! THE REPLACEMENT REFS MUST GO! If you're a fantasy football player then you're VERY upset. Bad calls by referees or missed calls on penalties are changing the outcome of games. Football is the type of game where these calls matter and with almost one fourth of the season gone, we can't keep this up! The NFL and the NFLRA are locked in a bitter battle--with players and fans as collateral damage. More importantly, the integrity of the game is suffering. With all the talk about safety amongst players, it's imperative that bad hits, excessvie roughness, pass interference, facemask and other penalties NOT be missed. Players are now more vulnerable to injury. New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick "man-handled" a referee trying to find out whether the game-winning field goal was under review, and while he shouldn't have grabbed the referee, I truly understand his frustration. The NFL's belief that it could get comparable refs in the meantime is a complete and utter embarrassing failure. As Kevin Seifert of ESPN wrote:

"The NFL's attempt to patch together a competent group of officials was destined to fail the moment that Division I college officials either declined or were prevented from joining the effort. Anyone with a cursory knowledge of the NFL's deep and nuanced rule book, not to mention the speed of the professional game, knew that recruiting low-level college officials, Arena League castoffs and Lingerie League part-timers was destined to fail at the highest level of the game."

Amen Kevin! Roger Goodell and  the NFLRA need to move fast to resolve this issue. Referees are a critical element to an NFL game and experience and competence is an integral part of their role. At this rate teams will be challenged to beat the opposing team AND the calls by the replacement refs! Jersey Girl Sports is asking, no--- demanding that this issue to be resolved. The replacement refs must go! if you agree, SIGN YOUR NAME AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG, along with any comments. Then pass it along and share it with friends. If this isn't resolved soon, I think the next "Bounty-Gate" will be on the replacement refs. Your Jersey Girlfriend, ~Angela Davis

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12 thoughts on “The NFL replacement refs must go! Sign the petition!”

  1. I’m OVER these replacement refs. I’m mad and not taking it anymore!! OK, that was cheesy–but seriously, the NFL FANS need to take back the game!

  2. I love football and I’m from WI.
    I’m at a loss for words, other than, the Packers got robbed. Seriously, I would be ashamed to win a game like that. He knew (Tate) he didn’t have possession of the ball. The ref’s must have had money on the game. That’s all I can say.

  3. I am still sitting here in disbelief. The said thing is this was really a good game and the refs cheated Green Bay out of a win. I do fault the NFL for bringing in these refs without giving them the proper training as far as the rules of the game, however you do NOT have to be Einstein to know that a touchdown is a TOUCHDOWN!! You don’t need experience for that! Between this and the “so – called” field goal during the Ravens/Patriots game, what else is it going to take to make the NFL get off their butts and make a deal with the REAL refs.

  4. These refs are making a mockery of the NFL. I was looking forward to football this season like I do every season, and the NFL is allowing this season to be a joke by having these rent-a-refs on there . Pay me; I can make better calls than them!

  5. I am a complete NY Giants Fan all day! However this was complete robbery! The Packers should have won and these replacement ref’s need to go. They are disrupting the integrity of the game every single week! Please commissioner give us the real ref’s back now!!

  6. I’m furious! I’d like to see the stadiums empty–at least for one week. How dare the NFL insult the fans. We do have power–$$$$. No sales, no TV.

  7. I just can’t any more with the replacement refs! Last year the players and the owners were in a lockout over money, this year the refs and the owners are in a lockout. There’s only one common denominator here – the owners. When everything is broken down the refs are looking for additional dollars between $1-$3 million, from a league that makes well over $9 BILLION! In the process of trying to save move, ego trip and show these refs who’s boss, you are losing the integrity of the game, and the respect of the fans, the MOST important people in the entire equation. I wish I would have seen the Wisconsin Sentor’s tweet last night that had Rodger Goodell’s number, because I would have called him bright and early this morning.

  8. I read an article about Ed Hochuli a few weeks ago and he discussed how he & the other regular refs prepare for the games. This is not a part time job to them. They take it seriously and work on rules & watch film after the season is over to ‘get it right’ once the season starts back up again. It is an insult to them to just throw in some folks who may have ref’d in small division college schools and expect them to perform at the same caliber. It’s an insult to the teams (players & coaches), fans, and refs on both sides. Enough is enough. Roger Gooddell & the owners are looking like stingy fools given how much the NFL makes each Sunday in comparison to what amounts to pennies in what the regular refs are asking for. Fans should strike along with the refs. Money talks, BS walks.

  9. The call at the end of the Packers Seahawks game last night was an absolute travesty! However, the problem is not with the replacement refs. If they were “A” list refs to begin with they would already be working NFL games – The league found who/what was available to wear a striped jersey and hat with no concern for their ability or skill level.

    For me “Protecting the Shield” refers to all facets of the game and the owners need to solve this problem before the integrity of the game “The Shield” as they call it gets tarnished further – There must be a compromise that will work for everyone.

  10. Heck, I don’t even watch football but with all the Twitter and Facebok posts that inundated my feeds, I got mad once I got an understanding of what was happening. What’s wrong with these people??

  11. I thought the replacement refs would be a PR problem where bad calls would be blamed on the replacements, even though the NFL officials often make mistakes. But this is far worse than what I imagined. This is different. Way different. Coaches are burning through challenges, conversing with and pressuring the refs (and getting calls by doing so), and getting bad calls explained, which is slowing the game down. Add the replacement’s inability to control the chipiness of the game and letting things get out of control and the NFL has a full-on disaster on their hands.

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