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  •  Unio Refs... (1+ / 0-)
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    let's be real, the Union Refs suck every bit as much as the replacements. They just don't get the same flak from the media & coaches. They seem to enjoy a "Papal Infallibility", obvious blown calls are "controversial", and never mentioned in the stories about the games. "The scabs were easy targets is all.

    •  Seriously? (2+ / 0-)
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      JBL55, RockyMtnLib

      The replacement refs were measurably inferior.  Measurements include consistency of calls (qualitative), speed of decisions making (quantitative), and general administration and watchability.  The scab refs were not up to the job.  It's a real job.  I love the NFL because while the refs are human, they don't swing games like the NBA, and in my opinion do a better job of being neutral and consistent than the MLB.  I want lasers covering the strike zone, the home plate umpire is never as consistent as I'd like.

      When we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

      by genethefiend on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:03:16 AM PDT

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      •  What exactly do you mean? (0+ / 0-)

        Regular refs have been bought/thrown games for years! Example: Jerry Markbreit vs. Tampa Bay Bucs. Bucs fans were so glad when that a-hole retired. Vegas didn't have to bribe him; he just hated the Bucs. This is a fact. His calls did cost the Bucs games; he was a head ref.

        Thanks Laura for your coverage. I'm a rabid pro-union fan as well as an NFL one. I rec'ced your diary. I normally don't do it cos you're already an FPer.

        Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

        by orlbucfan on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:15:34 AM PDT

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        •  Dude I'm a Bucs fan too. (0+ / 0-)

          Tampa Bay all the way.  I'll plead age and admit not getting into the Bucs until 1996.  I remember Bert Emanuel like it was yesterday.  (We still have as many rings as the Rams in my lifetime, so sck on that St. Louis). You really think the scab refs weren't a lot worse?  

          The NFL has the most fair reffing in my opinion.  The scab refs were painful to watch IMO.  I guess nothing much to do here besides agree to disagree.  Given that I have little faith in Freeman, this season was unwatchable with the scab refs.  I decided Tuesday that I couldn't watch this season.  It just made me angry, not happy like football always does.

          Baseball and basketball are more prone to bs calls IMO.  If you're a Rays fan too you remember the last game of our World Series against the Phillies.  The home plate ump squeezed the zone on Kaz so blatantly it offended my sense of decency.  There is no hope for a pitcher at that point.

          All I'm saying is the scab refs were a D-, and the real refs are better than that.

          When we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

          by genethefiend on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:33:00 AM PDT

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