Yeah, we can all agree that the replacement referees have made some very questionable calls, but do they really deserve all the criticism that they are getting?
We all have watched football games where the previous refs have made a couple controversial calls of their own. Wait, maybe more than a couple actually. OK let's face it, a lot of them we just can't explain.
The difference between the questionable calls made these past few weeks by replacement referees, and those made in previous seasons by the usual refs, is that when the replacement referees make a questionable call, the first thing that comes to all of our minds is that these aren't "real" refs. They are replacement refs who have no clue what they are doing.
But think about it. In past seasons when questionable calls were made and many flags were thrown on a Sunday afternoon football game, we would whine about, tell our friends that the refs screwed us cause they were obviously being paid off, and maybe see a replay or two of it on ESPN. But then by the time MNF rolled around we would all just forget about it and say it is what it is. In the past, how many Sunday's in a row could you go without yelling at the refs through your TV screen?
But since we all know that these refs aren't our usual NFL refs, who we have come to know and
hate love so dearly, we automatically accuse them of being sub par and ruining our weekly Sunday routine, which of course is always concluded by sitting down with the boys, beer bottles in hand, saying, "Man, those officials were great!"
Aren't we suppose to take it easy on the rookies? Yeah they've screwed up, but maybe we are being a little bit too hard on them.