The title of a Yahoo! article released on September 29, 2012 is “FESTIVE (?) mood among NFL’s refs BEFORE CONTRACT VOTE” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/festive-mood-among-nfls-refs-contract-vote-081618268–nfl.html).
“For the NFL’s officials, the meetings to discuss their new contract looked like THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL“. Such IMMATURIY.
“Dozens of officials, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in months, shook hands, hugged and LAUGHED (?)” “laughed” ABOUT WHAT? NOT WORKING? NOTHING FUNNY HERE. “They picked up new officials’ hats and orange boxes with cleats. After a summer of conference calls and watching games on TV, the refs WERE READY TO GET BACK TO WORK (?)” Or WERE THEY?
“The officials met Friday night (September 28, 2012) and were EXPECTED on Saturday (September 29, 2012) to approve an offer reached after three weeks of FLUBS by league-hired replacements”. Is this a REASONABLE EXPECTATION (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). “The FINAL (?) push for a settlement, according to several officials, appeared to be a disputed touchdown call that decided Monday night’s (September 24, 2012) Packers-Seahawks game and left fans HOWLING“, as if we need anything else to be “howling” about. It’s been 5 DAYS since that game now and PEOPLE ARE STILL “howling”. According to the description of that touchdown, “Golden Tate SHOVED a Green Bay defender out of the way, WRESTLED another for the ball and was awarded a DISPUTED touchdown on the final play. But it was another 10 minutes before the game actually ended, when the Seattle Seahawks and the STUNNED Packers were called back on the field for the extra point” (Web-site/URL: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/gametracker/recap/NFL_20120924_GB@SEA). This is OFFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE BY DEFINITION. The Packers WERE JUSTIFIABLY “stunned”.
“The deal reached late Wednesday (September 26, 2012) MUST be approved by 51 percent of the union’s 121 members”. THIS WILL BE TOUGH, because “must” is another/the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
On Friday morning (September 28, 2012), head linesman Tom Stabile said: “IT’S ALL HISTORY NOW (?)” IS IT? “FOR US, IT WAS A BENEFIT. It may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back“. “For US it was a benefit” is the latest example of “Arrogance” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI) because “us” of course refers to the NFL OFFICIALS, but what about THE PLAYERS and THE FANS who had to watch officials that clearly DIDN’T know what they were doing make bad/questionable calls while the officials who knew how to call games were SQUABBLING OVER MONEY?
“Line judge Jeff Bergman said he could see Monday night’s (September 24, 2012) play coming as he watched at home. He noticed that players were starting to TAKE ADVANTAGE OF replacement officials (who were) STRUGGLING TO KEEP CONTROL of the game“. People “take advantage” of others who DON’T know what they’re doing…and that’s exactly what we’ve got here. “The last play of the game WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN SOONER OR LATER. It gave us and the league an opportunity to GET TOGETHER (?) and hammer out a deal THAT WAS GOING TO GET HAMMERED OUT ANYWAY” so we may as well “hammer (this) out” EARLY so it DOESN’T turn into a CIRCUS. Also, “get together?” IS ANYONE “(getting) together” these days?
“Referee Ed Hochuli, who led weekly tests and conference calls for officials to stay sharp during the lockout, declined to say whether the replacements made the right call”. “You really DON’T want to see that. You DON’T want to see the controversy” obviously. “You DON’T want to see teams lose games that they SHOULDN’T HAVE lost, if indeed that’s what happened. We’re NOT making a judgment on that“.
“Now, the refs have to get used to being fan favorites“.
“The officials that worked Thursday night’s (September 28, 2012) game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns were cheered from the moment they walked onto the field. The difference between the regular crew and replacements was clear. The officials kept the game in control, curtailing the chippy play and choppy pace that had marred the first three weeks of the regular season”.
“Referee Gene Steratore said the support “was something that kind of CHOKES YOU UP“. It also helps that there were NO bad calls in this game…as far as we know.
“Officials on Friday (September 29, 2012) said they were ready for applause — and ready for when it INEVITABLY disappears“.
Finally, “Bergman, who will head to Green Bay for Sunday’s (September 30, 2012) game, one week after Packers players RIPPED the replacements for calling Monday’s (September 24, 2012) disputed play a touchdown”, finished off: “You’re NOT REALLY beloved by the public. You’re TOLERATED. And to see that type of reception that our guys got last night (September 23, 2012) was REALLY HEARTWARMING“. “heartwarming”. There’s a word we certainly HAVEN’T seen in a long time. “After the EUPHORIA of the moment wears off, probably sometime early in the second quarter, it’ll be back to REGULAR NFL football mode“. “euphoria”, as we know, can be EITHER positive or NEGATIVE. Whatever the case may be, “euphoria” is often an EXPLOSIVE emotion, because the colloquial translation of “euphoria” is people getting CAUGHT UP in their emotions, which may be positive but may also be DANGEROUS on the NEGATIVE. “Players will be questioning our JUDGMENT, (and even) our ancestry. Coaches will be SCREAMING AT US. And it’ll be life as BACK TO NORMAL on Sundays“. “Players wi;; be questioning our judgment” is surely THE MOST serious concern here.
So, we now have a snapshot of a day in the life of an NFL (game) official.