Last night saw one of the sorriest games in the history of NFL… at least in my history. Yes, I am a Green Bay Packers fan, so I might be a little biased, but even if you weren’t a Packers fan, you can see how the Pack were robbed of their win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Picture this: Down to the wire… Seattle needs a Touchdown to win. Rookie QB (and Wisconsin alum) Russell Wilson drops back and launches a 40 yard “Hail Mary” into the end zone where it is caught by GB’s Greg Jennings and Seattle’s Golden Tate. WHO HAS THE BALL?!?! One judge is waving his arms above his head, while another is indicating touchdown.
The call is touchdown. Seattle wins 14-12.
The Seattle crowd goes WILD, a comeback win! Rookie QB against last year’s MVP!! Upon reviewing the video (which even a blind football newbie could see that JENNINGS had full possession of the ball, even as they crashed to the ground,) the officials up held the call on the field, giving the win to Seattle.
Why am I writing about football in a parenting/ religious/ current events blog?
The controversy about this call is not the play itself; it’s about the officials making the call. The NFL has been using replacement refs since the beginning of the season as the NFL owners and officials are locked in a labor dispute. If you were on social media last night, after the game, you would have seen comments like:
I hope the NFL Office pulls their heads out of their a** after this disguting display… Wtf
Complete and utter bullish**. Goddell better start negotiating with the refs. They don’t know what the eff they are doing.
That needs to be disputed by NFL commish to be set right. Everyone should just boycott nfl and not watch for the rest of the season f*** them management s**tards!!!
Until they bring the refs back I am not watching this season anymore…Boycott the NFL
It seems, across the board, that most people are pulling for the NFL refs. They are calling for the NFL owners (aka management) to give the refs what ever they want. That got me thinking… what do the refs want?
According to one site I found, the dispute is over money and that the owners wanted the refs to start taking more of an active role in protecting the players from injury. A starting NFL ref gets paid about $75K per year, working what would be considered part-time. Compare that to the average pay for an MLB umpire at $120K per year and you could have some hard feelings. Now it’s true, MLB umps call a larger quanitiy of games than an NFL ref, but we don’t seem to have an issue that the average NFL player makes more than an MLB player, do we?
So, the refs want more pay for working the same number of (or more) hours and more responsibility. Why does this sound familiar?
Oh, that’s right. Those were some of the reasons the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike two weeks ago. What’s funny is that, in the case of the teachers’ strike, most people were not siding with labor. Striking teachers are called lazy, selfish, not looking out for the best interests of the children. When NFL refs go on strike, the world comes to an end.
Is this where we are as a country? The fair calling of a game trumps the educational quality of our students? Or is it really as a friend of mine put it:
Our children’s education be DAMNED, but if you interfere with our football, well, that’s one step too far.
Tell me what you think!
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