In the wake of the biggest official gaffe in NFL history that occured at the end of Seattle's 14-12 'win' over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the replacement refs and the NFL are feeling the heat from everywhere like never before.
Some mistakes are understandable, even anticipated, when using people who have not had time to digest the over 200 page rulebook that the NFL uses, but the likes of the one that occurred at the end of this game has everyone pointing their fingers at the commissioner for not getting a deal done with the real refs.
Where exactly did the NFL get these yahoo's who are even fudging up some of the simplest calls in the game?
Though the league has previously said that these are refs from the Division II and III college ranks, it also appears that they have tapped some crews that weren't even serviceable enough to officiate in the Women's Lingerie Football League. That's right, the NFL is using officiating crews that were booted from the LFL for not being good enough, at least according to the LFL who released a statement on early Tuesday morning after the NFL game.
In a statement taken from the popular website Deadspin, the LFL had this to say concerning some of the official crews the NFL are using.
Because of the LFL's perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game but to keep our athletes safer. Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.
We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so. However in light of tonight's event, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth as to who are officiating these games.
So, not only are we getting NFL games officiated by people who don't know the rulebook but we are getting them officiated by people that couldn't get the rulebook memorized for the Lingerie Football League!
Please, Commissioner Goodell, end this mockery and give the real referees anything they want. They may not be perfect but this travesty has to stop, and has to stop before another ball is snapped.
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