So do I, but if you’re a hockey fan looking for some “lockout sympathy” from a football fan, that person may be correct this ONE time.
You see, while the NHL has locked out its players, the NFL has done something that might even be a bit more damaging to the game: they’ve locked out the referees. If you haven’t watched any football yet this season, you’re probably wondering what the big deal is…but if you have, you know exactly what I’m talking about: the replacement refs are brutal & things are getting very interesting!
If you missed Monday Night Football this week, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers on a last-second Hail Mary into the end zone that appeared to be intercepted, confusing the two refs on the scene, who both called the play differently. What followed was a total mess, but it was also the most fun I’ve EVER had on Twitter!
Between the funny tweets from fans and the NSFW tweets from guys like TJ Lang, Jermichael Finley and Josh Sitton of the Packers, I actually started to enjoy the replacement refs...then I started to realize that maybe they’ve been around this whole time and we just didn’t notice them.
I did a bit of digging and as it turns out, they’ve actually been a part of some of the biggest controversies and conspiracies in recent US history, like the Muhammad Ali “phantom punch” in 1965:
A few years later, the replacement refs turned up again to dispute the lunar landing, flagging Neil Armstrong for zero gravity pass interference, a call that was later overturned by an intergalactic review panel:
Following that debacle, the replacement refs decided to lay low for a while, but surfaced again in May of 2003 on the USS Abraham Lincoln:
Now that they’re in the spotlight though, the replacement refs can’t seem to get enough face time – here they are trying to take away Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero’s first win since June!
The crazy thing is, you might know a replacement ref and not even realize it! It turns out my water bottle has been contacted about filling in, and I caught it studying the NFL website & watching game tapes just the other day:
If you’re not quite convinced that I had an absolute blast with this story on Monday, here’s an example of some of the fun I had on the air at the expense of the replacement refs:
I can’t wait for week four to start on Thursday!