Oh my GOD!
The scab referees have got to go.
Last night’s Seattle win went my way since I am a Bears fan and am marrying a Seattle fan. The current reading of the rules, is holding that the refs were right since the catch does not count until the feet hit the ground.
Both players being in possession when the feet hit goes to the offense.
I am not convinced that Golden Tate had enough of the ball for possession purposes.
The angles that I was seeing cannot show much either way, but it looked like his left hand was going around Jennings. Jennings appeared to have control, but Tate was stripping the ball away as they neared the ground.
If there was a camera angle that showed the two of them as their toes came in contact with the ground, I did not see it.
If possession was established in the air, then it would be an interception by Jennings. When you think about the receiver in the end-zone that plainly catches the football in the air, but it hit hard enough to knock him out of bounds before he can get his feet down… he is screwed, because he will be ruled out of bounds. I think that we will see an endless amount of replays and bitching on this one. I wish that it would not have happening in a way that “changed the outcome of the game”.
If the NFL’s position on the reception/interception is correct, then so be it.
With that said, we are still not happy with the blown calls by the scabs.
The Seahawks’ fantastic first half will forever be marred if not forgotten because of the last eight seconds of play.
We went into that game expecting to be man handled, especially after the Bears got their asses trounced on Lambeau Field the week before. This tells me that the Packers are not playing in a consistent manner as they got beaten badly in week one.
So now the NFL is starting to lose it patience and is fining those under their thumb for speaking out on the subject. So for the record, the fans, the player, and the real referees… Roger Goodell… FUCK the living shit out of YOU!
(Any NFL Player that wants to lash out about the situation can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will post their comment anonymously. This will let them express themselves and not get fined by the NFL.)
So what is it that the real referees are wanting in their negotiations?
They want to keep their pensions, and not migrate to a 401(k) plan.
There is also some issue with the duration of the next contract. One side wants 7 years, the other wants ten.
As I understand it, the cash that we are talking is .005% of the 9 billion dollars of the NFL (next year it is expected to be 10 billion dollars)
Come on NFL, these refs not only protect the game play, they also protect our players safety. Just pay them and get them back to the job that they want to do.Â We can scream at their mistakes and call them blind, but they are OUR refs. They are better equipped to handle our abuse, but they are also faster on the field and can make decisions that make sense to the play and players.
Perhaps the teams need to randomly refuse to play. They are union members after all, maybe they will choose to support their fellow union members on strike and not cross the line to play.
The scab referees are doing the best that they can. I applaud their efforts. Keeping in mind their experience level, they are just not experienced enough for pro ball officiating. I hope that these guys remember that they are in over their head and are doing as well as they can. There are a ton of rules differences between pro play, and the small colleges and high schools that these guys work for.