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Rookie NFL Referees Re-enact RNC's Last-Second Ron Paul Takeaway

Thinking about the future lately?

Much like the RNC leadership, the current NFL replacement referees clearly aren't.

Being as they were up way past their normal bedtime, Republicans and professional football commentators alike were happy enough to present their cleverly alliterative article title with a promise for more content after they get a little shut-eye, while secretly hoping that commentators would write the story for them as they sleep.


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This Vikings fan thinks the

This Vikings fan thinks the refs made a great call!!

The Green Bay DB screwed up

He went for the pick when he should have just been trying to knock the ball to the ground to end the game. It was a bad call by the officials but GB only has themselves to blame for not sticking to the fundamentals of the game.

I can't count the number of times

I watched the official experienced refs make bad calls and then uphold them after "further review". And now they are so anxious to make the sub refs look bad that they make a big deal out of a properly called touchdown just because the cheese heads lost. And yes I said it was the proper call.

This is only one of many reasons I quit watching sports. What a bunch of crap. Can any of you remember the AFC title game where Houston's Mel Renfro caught the pass in the end zone but after consultation the refs threw the call for fear of the fans. It was one of the bad calls that made everyone want "instant" replay. And what has instant replay done for the game? It allows us to see how blatantly ignorant sports are and how easy it is to turn a game.

I use to be a fanatic but now I find the whole thing to be ignorance for over paid cry babies and no life fans.

Go Seahawks

Let's go Seahawks let's go!! Ya look at the superbowl vs steelers.
Hawks got fucked

Yay Ron Paul!!!!
Freeeeeeedom calls!!

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Yeah they did

"The Theft." That's what we call it.

Who's that new kid - #3? Damn good scrambler. Yeah the refs missed the call, but that was a nice pass.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Most people believe it wasn't

Most people believe it wasn't a good call, but I believe it was. Rules state that if both players share the ball then the catch is awarded to the passing team.

He pushed the defender out of the way.

Offensive pass interference penalty. Back em' up and replay down.
Point of order being ignored by the controller(s).

Non-calls like that happen

Non-calls like that happen all of the time. This is being made a big deal because of the supposed non-catch which rules clearly state it was a catch. These refs arent as good but I wouldnt be surprised if the ref union is paying espn and the public opinion makers to go crazy over every little thing. Isn't it funny how the regular refs were rarely criticized when they made clearly bad calls during the superbowl between the stealers and seattle a few years back?

If seattle had a bigger market than green bay or pitt then I think opinions would be different for seattle today and they would have won the superbowl a few years ago; not that I would blame the NFL for fixing games. Would I fix my games and my league as the owner of the NFL or NBA if I could make more money? Yes and I wouldnt feel a bit bad about doing it. Its a game and its all about the money. Same goes for the NBA. Not much different than the WWE.

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I don't think Green Bay is a bigger market than Seattle, but they are more widely liked in the NFL. Maybe that is the same thing. How can anyone not like Green Bay?

The problem is that the refs are incompetent. Look - two of them standing right there, they each make a different call. They don't even look at each other, talk to each other before they make the call. It is bush league, and that is what everyone is mad about. There have been bad calls all week.

But the bigger issue is why the the phony refs. The owners locked them out. They're trying to cut costs. The lesson should be: You can only cut costs so much before you start affecting your product. If this keeps up the whole season, people WILL stop watching. What is the point of a game if the rules are not enforced properly.

This whole thing is a great metaphor for the GOP shenanigans. Yeah, you can fix the games for your own profit - it is what they have always done - the GOP and the NFL. The Seahawks were robbed back in '06. The big teams are favored. The incumbents and insiders always win. But at least it has the appearance of fairness.

But this in the NFL is getting ridiculous. As ridiculous as reading live votes off a teleprompter. When everyone knows the fix is in, they stop watching. I'm curious to see how long this will go on for.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Where is Peyton Hills to chime in on this one.


There's more to love about Green Bay than just the Packers

For instance, we have a park with a brand-new swingset.

Seriously, thanks for seeing the same thing I did with your comparison of how the RNC and the NFL interpret arbitrary rules to appease the majority of their audience. A few other comparisons:

-This was the big show - monday night football - so not just Packer and Seahawk fans were watching, but anyone who is a football fan in general was tuned in. Similar to the RNC which was witnessed by 'political-types' in general, not just 'fans' of Ron Paul or Mitt Ramen-Noodle.

-People saw what they wanted to see - touchdown/nomination, game over, vs bad call/are you kidding me, 'sour grapes'.

-Not in this video, but, the Packers were already in their locker room changing into their streets when they were called back to the field and had to find helmets to wear so they could line up for the extra-point kick. Not sure what this correlates to at the RNC, maybe mitten's acceptance speech?

Anyway, didn't mean to distract from the serious discussion here with meaningless football garbage, but I couldn't help myself in this case.

Sometimes, God does work in mysterious ways...


Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

Green Bay is much smaller in

Green Bay is much smaller in population, but it has a bigger market meaning more fans (which means more money) which I take it is what you mean by more liked. As for smaller market teams winning (spurs), I believe a few small markets are thrown in there for outliers so the bigger market = favored teams theory can be debunked (adds the illusion that there is no favoritism) and the fans will keep buying.

Its all a fine line designed to maximize profit. Its a genius business plan really. The nfl, nba, and mlb are very good businesses. The nhl, not as profitable I believe, happens to be the least fixed league. It appears honesty in sports doesn't pay. The politics/profit model in sports is very complex and interesting (like sports, the people who get the shaft are "the people" or the fans). I laugh when losing teams make more than winning ones: All the losing teams do is pay their players dirt and market the team as "young" and "up and coming." That is exactly what the Red Sox did when LA bought their roster.

As for the refs, who knows? For all we know, the current refs could be getting a huge amount of money under the table by the ref union to make dumb calls. Im on the side that referees are a commodity and they can be good with a few years of experience.

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You can't really blame the refs

It is the big wigs - ownership - who locked the refs out.

It is always the big wigs who think they can control things. The NFL is quickly finding out that they can't, and I think the GOP is about to also.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

No TV here either

but damn...what the hell? "You can't review if it was a catch?" If you can't review, on THAT play, that decides the game, is a catch or not...well, oh never mind...I'm going through a jaded mood where everything seems rigged and everything is just a distraction.

On a completely different note I find it ironic that the pres of Iran is in NY, staying in a 5 star hotel, but we are going to wait until he gets back to Iran before we start trying to hunt him down and kill him. Same as we did Kadaffi.

My football is as corrupt as politics!

Who was working the review booth, that's what I want to know?

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You got a link?

Or is this it?

Patriots lost again this week. Devastating.


To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

As a born and bred packerz fan I am happy for 2nite's events

bcuz they will surely be a cause for uncountable shouts of 'remember Seattle!'

just on the level of a football contest, the last-second call wouldn't have mattered at all if the Pack had come out fighting and dominated from the beginning.

Translating that to politics:

Ron Paul's people should have had 20 or 25 states coming into the convention, leaving rules interpretation to the historians.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

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I guess I found your link

I no longer have cable, so my only knowledge comes from peeking in at TVs in bars, and what I read online. I listened to the Pats game on the radio. It reminded me of the good old days.

Ah, the comedy of errors at Qwest Stadium


ROLF! I see your point. The officials have no idea what they're doing. Making it up along the way, just like the GOP.

Go Seattle! Those are my boys.

When I left Seattle in 2003, the Hawks were in the AFC. Our rivals were the Raiders, the Chargers, the Broncos and the Chiefs. The Seahawk on the helmet looked friendly. Now it looks so mean. A militarized Seahawk.

And the Sonics were still in Seattle...

Talk about change. And people get upset at me for switching the front page up a little big. Geez.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Thanks for link and excuse my Packercentrism

I know everybody was watching football last night but I shouldn't assume they were.

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.