Monday, September 24, 2012
Money & Power: The Story of the NFL
Many of us have NFL Redzone, so we see key plays in every game during football Sunday. Yesterday though, I saw more pass interference calls than I have ever seen before. Not only do the offensive players get every advantage in the book, but now the league and the refs are giving the receivers every call on the field. The league wants ratings and huge TV contracts, and apparently defensive games are "boring" for many of the pink-hat types. Real NFL fans love hard-hitting, tough defensive battles. The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell however, like money and power. So my theory is that the league condones favoring the offense to allow more scoring, so that the games will attract more leisure fans to increase ratings and revenue. Many true fans dislike high-scoring games, because if they wanted to see a 44-41 score with 800 yards of offense, they would just watch college football. The game is being tainted by money, and Roger Goodell is football's Scarface.
I had a huge problem with the NFL last night, specifcally at the end of the Patriots/Ravens game last night. While there were absurd calls and bad no-calls throughout the game, nothing can compare with the lack of an official review on the final play of the game. Commentator Al Michaels noted that, "If a kick is between the uprights, it is reviewable. If it is above the uprights, it is not reviewable." So you're telling me that the referrees could not review that field goal by Baltimore's rookie kicker Justin Tucker? With the game on the line, and both teams fate waiting in balance, the replacement refs quickly jogged off the field. When I initially saw the kick, I honestly was unsure if the kick was good or not. I understand that the ball was above the uprights and may have been good, but there was no way to tell 100% either way. Everyone knows that 'all scoring plays can be reviewed.' Why was this different? Not only was this a scoring play, but it was the most important scoring play of the game. The refs should have, no doubt, reviewed the kick. If they reviewed it and came back with the same conclusion, then I could accept the call and the loss. But the fact that they did not even think about reviewing the call, even with Pats coach Bill Belichick running after them, is unbelievable. If I was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, I would send a formal letter to Roger Goodell and tell him that the New England Patriots will no longer be taking the field with the replacement referees in use. The NFL has almost a $10 billion revenue, and they can't spare a few million to pay the true, professional referees? If the Pats held out, and other NFL teams followed suit, the league would have no choice but to strike a deal with the real refs and the game would be back to normal. The only way to defeat the evil empire that is Goodell and the NFL is to fight fire with fire.
How many complaints from teams and fans will it take for the league to get their head out of that place where the sun don't shine?