The calendar may be ready to move towards the pro season, but the NFL certainly isn’t.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL and the National Football League Referee Association are meeting today for the first time in a month — a month! — for discussions on the current lockout. Of course the left-leaning cynic in me cannot help but chuckle at the idea of a lockout and contract negotiations going on over a Labor Day weekend, but sadly, here we are with replacement officials that are woefully unprepared for the first weekend of play. It’s not even winning or losing or a blown play that’s going to be the issue come next week, it’s the possibility of player injury by game mismanagement. Players play as close to the line of a penalty as they can now, what happens when the game is played full speed with all starters and battle-tested referees aren’t there to draw the line? When in a panic of inexperience, they don’t call something out of fear of being wrong and the line moves further back?
Today, league commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to the fans about bounties and player safety without mentioning the replacement referees. Tell me again Rog how you’re truly worried about the health of the league that is about what is on the field, and not about what is in the bank account.
Cointreau Grilled Pound Cake with Strawberry Sauce and other thoughts over on the mothership.