I still can’t get over last week’s game when the New England Patriots were robbed of what could have been a touchdown on Nov. 23 against the Buffalo Bills.
A ref blew a whistle, which automatically called the play dead. It was right about the time Danny Amendola saw nothing but open field in front of him after a caught ball from Tom Brady.
Am I the only one that can’t believe what happened?
The problem is these “bad” calls aren’t unusual, rather they are a common occurrence, and NFL fans are more than likely going to come across bad calls than not. As fans, it’s not what we want to watch.
The more these occurrences happen, the more we talk about officials becoming full-time employees of the NFL. Why is this a discussion? It shouldn’t be.
It’s not OK as fans to feel confident in one ref’s calls and not so much in another. Take for example Ed Hochuli … or as I refer to him as Ed Hercules (female viewers know exactly what I’m talking about). Whenever Hochuli makes a call, I trust it’s going to be the right one. But when a no-name John Smith makes a highly questionable call, mayhem breaks lose, and we hear about it on Sports Center and sports talk radio for days and days to come.
NFL referees collect an average of $173,000 a season and move their way up from there. The fact is these officials aren’t full-time employees and working for a season is just one high-paying gig on the side for them. Why?
I think there is an argument to be made here.
NFL officials should be full time. These referees should all receive a standard amount of training given by a veteran committee of official staff. The NFL needs to be more consistent in penalty calls. As a fan, I know I can speak for most, I don’t want to see laundry up and down the field for iffy violations that aren’t even called fairly.
The truth of it all is, as fans, we don’t pay to see this kind of product. The NFL is producing more and more controversial games than not.
It’s not a new thing or a trending as of late occurrence. Let’s get this together, guys.
The more we see consistency with calls, the more fans can understand the actual rules of the game. I’m not talking about a grandma complaining about football and how she only knows a touchdown is worth six points, I’m talking about the every day fans ... not casual. Sometimes these rules baffle me. What’s worse yet is that it seems as though officials don’t even understand them.