The NFL is a multi billion dollar enterprise that has seen fit to quibble with its referees who all make significantly less then the minimum salary an actual player can earn. Thanks to the NFL holding a hard line we have seen replacement referees who are woefully incapable of calling the games. But hey, why should a simple thing like the outcome of games matter?
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made one of the most damning statements about the replacement refs on a radio show Monday saying:
“They’re like fans, kind of though. I’ll be honest, they’re like fans. One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ ahhh, what?!”
Of course, this is on the heels of the NFL having to suspend one official, an ardent Saints fan, who was scheduled to work the team’s game this past Sunday.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that the real refs are perfect (or that they aren’t fans too); however, they at least do a good job of disguising it. Think of the US Supreme Court, everyone knows that each of the justices is either for one political party or the other but they at least PRETEND they aren’t doing outright campaigning for their preferred party while they are on the bench.
These replacement refs are a DISGRACE and the NFL should be beyond embarrassed that they are on the field. Then again, we fans are the real idiots here because we’re so desperate for football that we allow it to continue. Sigh.