Monday, November 27, 2006

Should NFL Referees be Able To Decide Games?

The answer, obviously, is NO!!! Some of you who read this blog may know that I am an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Now, I did not enter this season expecting the Packers to be the NFC North champions, but frankly I was pleasantly surprised when, for a while, they actually started winning games. Frankly, I am very disturbed by what I just watched on Monday Night Football. The Packers played a decent game; Brett Favre through 3 interceptions, but the last two were out of desperation. In my opinion the reason the Packers lost this game can be boiled down to one thing, the officiating. Case in point, during the fourth quarter Cullen Jenkins was called for "Roughing the Passer" for hitting Matt Hasselbeck on the back of the head on a play in which he was not only already in the air by the time Hasselbeck passed the ball but in which Hasselbeck turned away from him effectively causing Jenkins to hit him on the "head." This play, which was on a third down, gave the Seahawks a first down and eventually led to a touchdown which put the game out of reach for the Packers.
It seems to me that in recent history the officiating in NFL games has been sporadic, at best, and that many games involve some sort of a call which has basically decided the game and that is just sad. Let them play.
In other news, modern quarterbacks are babies and need to remember that they are playing a relatively violent sport.

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