So the proverbial stuff has hit the fan when it comes to the NFL lockout of the regular officials. Not only did the scabs make a bad call in a NFL contest, par for the course, but they made one which cost a team a game. And not just any old team, but one of the most popular in the NFL: the Green Bay Packers.
To say Wisconsinites are livid after what happened Monday night is an understatement. Even those supporting Gov. Walker against the public employee unions are not the kinds of people who employ those who know nothing about electricity rather than employ a union electrician. Thus only an ideological idiot would say “Yes, continue with the Division III refs because Lord knows we have to hold the line against unions.” They also know that one’s tax bill and a mere difference of $3.3 million (which is the sticking point in the negotiations between the refs and the NFL) is not the same thing. NFL will make $10 billion in revenues this season.
Ultimately it’s up to the owners to settle this thing since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell works at their behest. As much as they may want to hoard their cash they also don’t want their teams to be robbed a playoff berths (and the money you make from them) because of some bush league official and his bad call. Not to mention the fact the games are getting damn near close to the point of violence between players themselves and coaches and officials for their ball calls. This not the Flint Sit-Down Strike here, not even the Wisconsin brouhaha of 2011 here. We’re talking $3.3 million or a whole season of tarnished games (and were just past Week 3, plenty more to go). It’s in everyone best interest to bring the professionals back and send the amateurs back to where their level of football competence, otherwise they would be locked out too.
All of this goes to show that expertise does count for something. Not everyone is an interchangeable parts for the function of the machine. You wouldn’t put Little League umpires in the middle of calling a World Series, so why anyone would think a small college football ref could seamlessly weave themselves into calling an NFL game, would be beyond comprehension unless one understands modern business practices in this globalized world. Maybe the best thing that can happened from Tate Golden’s illegitimate catch is reaffirming the faith knowing what you are doing still counts for something.