For anyone who is passionate about sports in general, and American football in particular the NFL season, to date, has been more fun than mud wrestling. This, because of the contract disputes with the regular referees which has placed replacement refs on the field.
Monday night’s game in which an interception was an interception but was ruled a touch down which was wrong as subsequently agreed but couldn’t be overturned………well you get the picture….UH? WHAT???
So everyone’s current favorite topic in the U.S. and beyond, around the “office water coolers”, on the street, and on all the media headlines and talking heads, is bashing the replacement reps. I mean come on, how bad are they?. Why can’t they call it right? Why can’t they impose discipline on the field where scuffles and fights are now the norm…..GIVE ME A BREAK. These guys have never pretended to be anything more than they are. They are referees at the junior college and high school level who have come in so that there can be a football season. They did not misrepresent their qualifications. So this would be the equivalent of a teachers strike where school was continued by bringing in middle schoolers to teach high school.
The real issue here is the inability of fat cats to get together and get the situation settled. Give and take is the name of the game. Interestingly we seem incapable of applying the concept of give and take and considering the greater good at personal sacrifice. Football is just a game, true…..but this situation again magnifies the greater problem which is magnified every day, whether it is in the political arena at work or just every day. I had to laugh when I heard both our candidates’ condemning the NFL ref situation……funnily it really was both pots calling the kettle black!!!