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Response to Grassy Knoll (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 12:22 PM

55. It's a mini-tutorial on de-regulation.

The scab refs aren't competent enough to call the games at the level required, that much is now painfully obvious to all.

But what is worse is that they know it, and they have effectively "de-regulated" the sport through non-enforcement of a great many of the rules, particularly holding, interference, and illegal contact. Rather than risk criticism for bad calls, they are simply not making them.

The near-instant result is sloppy, dirty play as both sides attempt to squeak whatever advantage they can get from the non-enforcement.

It also, paradoxically, provides refs with more control over the course of a game, because once things start to look like a decision is near being reached, the refs suddenly and selectively start throwing flags. Perhaps they are trying to keep one side or the other from stealing a game with illegal play, or....

...Corruption, too, should be assumed. Whatever the aspirations of the current crop of refs the one thing that they are never going to be now are full time refs for the NFL. They've broken a strike and their collective performance has been abysmal. It's like having Enron on your resume. So these referees are wide open to bribery, extortion, blackmail, and so on for the duration of their visit. And, as I mentioned above, they have a better chance of affecting the outcome because of inconsistent enforcement of the rules.

I haven't seen figures, but I would also guess that injuries have risen alongside the rise in dirty play. Matt Schaub, for example, lost a piece of ear the other day to an apparently illegal helmet-leading hit. The big reason that the NFL has its ridiculously large rule set is because it is so easy to disable and seriously injure one another.

Edit: We should also see another reaction to the poor officiating, which is when one side gains a lead they will very intentionally run up the score to prevent bad calls from being able to affect the game. Next week I expect to see half a dozen boring total blowouts as teams refuse to slow down once they've hammered out a convincing lead.

In other words, in a few short weeks the meticulously crafted reputation of the National Football League has gone straight down the crapper in a cloud of dirty play, blown calls, and, I am sure we will discover soon enough, corruption from bottom to top.

Because the red tape has been cut.





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