Replacement Refs

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    Aug 30, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    Personally, if it were up to me, the NFL's season wouldn't start until the labor agreement with the NFL refs was finished. But it's not.

    In the meantime, the replacement refs are bound to have some epic moments out there. Feel free to post any vids of referees having "Bad Days" on the gridiron worthy of a Daniel Powter song.

    Popular one going around from last night:

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  • Jonny21

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    Aug 31, 2012 6:48 AM GMT
    It's going to be a shit show! I don't understand why a successful billion dollar entity cannot fork over presumably a few million to protect it's product.
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    Sep 16, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    whoops! Good eye, ESPN or whoever leaked it to you.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8386973/nfl-pulls-replacement-ref-new-orleans-saints-game

    Chris Mortensen (ESPN)The NFL pulled one of the replacement officials assigned to the New Orleans-Carolina game Sunday morning after it was made aware that he was a Saints fan.

    Side judge Brian Stropolo is a fan of the Saints, according to his Facebook page. He was pulled from the assignment Sunday morning and replaced with an alternate, Tim Keese, who travels with the crew.

    The NFL was unaware of Stropolo's open allegiance as a Saints fan until ESPN contacted the league Sunday morning.

    Stropolo, who is from New Orleans area and lists himself on Facebook as an NFL side judge, posted pictures of himself in Saints gear tailgating at an Aug. 25 preseason game. Stropolo did not work the game against the Texans, but he was assigned to Sunday's game in Carolina. There were several photos of Stropolo in Saints gear on his Facebook page.

    Stropolo worked the Week 1 opener between the Cowboys and Giants and posted on Sept. 5: "Thanks to everyone for all the support. The crew did a great job tonight. Next stop September 16th at Carolina vs the Saints."

    Stropolo's status update drew 73 "likes" and comments such as "Hey, now be nice with those yellow flags for our Saints!!" and "That's awesome you get to be an official for a Saints game! I didn't think they would let you since your (sic) from Louisiana."
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    You know what just happened. It's about to get EXTRA ugly for the league. Discuss!
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    I can't contain my anger of this! It's not right to anyone: The fans, the players, and the sponsors. Replacement Refs need to go!!!!
  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 25, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    It's about time the Patriots and Packers are on the other end of questionable calls
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 saidIt's about time the Patriots and Packers are on the other end of questionable calls


    HEY DONT YOU DARE BASH THE PATRIOTS!!! icon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
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    (Refs stare at each other)
    Ref 1: TOUCHDOWN!
    Ref 2: NO GOOD!

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    McCarthy presser on, biting his tongue about the officials, he wants to see some of that paycheck at least, understandably.
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:16 AM GMT
    these guys blow.
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    part of me doesn't want to watch anymore...
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    "I'm not in the mood for drama tonight" haha. Great presser.
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:29 AM GMT
    Tonight's big winner: the NFLRA?

    It's all fun and games until your team gets screwjobbed. And every team will get screwjobbed!

    No offense to the Hawks fans, but having a flagship franchise get screwed like this on a national highlighted stage has moved this from Page 1 of the Sports page to Page 1 of everyone's newspaper. Even the Seahawks fans (who know something about controversy like this... Super Bowl XL) are being classy enough to know this game was a sham, especially in that second half.

    I think since the NFL knows most of us fans will continue to pay for this farce, they might as well bring in the WWE refs to do the games. At least they know how to look the other way when the cheap shots start flying. Where's Dangerous Danny Davis when you need them?
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Jim Rome just tweeted "Touchception!" hahahaha We're about to see the ESPN machine at it's best.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Sep 25, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    It was clearly an interception and the fact that it was "reviewed" and still remained a touchdown is beyond me. Oh, and that blatant offensive interference by Tate was bullshit. I'm a niner fan and would love to see the hawks lose but biases removed, fuck them
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    Myol saidJim Rome just tweeted "Touchception!" hahahaha We're about to see the ESPN machine at it's best.


    icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif That bests the NBA "blarge" calls!

    As embarrassing as the replacements are on the field, obviously there's a replacement up in the review booth as well.
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    dayumm said
    Myol saidJim Rome just tweeted "Touchception!" hahahaha We're about to see the ESPN machine at it's best.


    icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif That bests the NBA "blarge" calls!

    As embarrassing as the replacements are on the field, obviously there's a replacement up in the review booth as well.

    I thought they kept them?
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    Sep 25, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
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    dayumm said
    Myol saidJim Rome just tweeted "Touchception!" hahahaha We're about to see the ESPN machine at it's best.


    icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif That bests the NBA "blarge" calls!

    As embarrassing as the replacements are on the field, obviously there's a replacement up in the review booth as well.

    I thought they kept them?


    You're just about right! That kinda makes it even worse!

    SILittle-known officiating fact: The NFL has officiating supervisors from the league office at every NFL game to review crew mechanics and scout the crews. Usually those supervisors -- retired officials or those who couldn't make the grade on the field -- sit in the press box. Now they're in the replay booth to act as another set of veteran eyes in case they're needed by the rookies on the field.


    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/09/23/mmqb/index.html
  • RaggedyMan

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    Sep 25, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    This simultaneous catch really needs to be made clear to these refs. Just cuz he had his hands on the ball doesn't mean he had control even though they were the offense. I think they just wanted this game to just end. Damn you Vegas!
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    Sep 25, 2012 7:08 AM GMT
    Seriously the NFL is a11.8 billion industry yet they cant get "real" offical refs they have to use rent a ref I feel bad for some of these guys making these calls but give me a break there paid to do a job we the fans are making sure the NFL has bilions of those dollars yet their going to fine coaches and players who are argue with these replacements Really? I think it comes down to player safety which the NFL says they care soo much about... bull if they did they wouldnt take this so lightly I hear all the money theyd use to pay the NFL refs are tied up in lawsuits from past players that the refs want a retirment plan well do you blame them?? we pay players and coaches millions of dollars but cant pay the right guys for the job. Im Glad football is here and all but some of these calls are soo bad they make you want pull your hair out even a monkey could make some of these calls I mean come on are you blind! Im ranting and raving. But replacment refs have to go their ruining the game for everyone
  • monstapex

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    Sep 25, 2012 7:23 AM GMT
    GO SEAHAWKS!!!!!!!!!
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    Sep 25, 2012 11:24 AM GMT
    Slept on it. I'm figuring ref #84 is simply waving to say there's no time left, so my bad, #84!

    (EDIT: The call was really a touchback, to be called upon what was believed to be an interception. I gave #84 too much credit. Back on the hotseat you go!)

    Also, M.D. Jennings of the Pack is probably kicking himself for not either throwing the ball downward or, better yet, tossing the ball away behind him, as soon as he made initial contact with the ball.

    Even so, it was not a simultaneous catch, and our displeasure with these two particular refs should really be for not seeing Tate's preceding interference, and redirect our frustrations about the bad call toward the replay video booth officials.
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    Sep 25, 2012 11:27 AM GMT
    The Toucheption:

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