If I could, this would be the letter I would write to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in regards to the NFL on the current officials’ lockout. Please note this was posted prior to the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
Dear Mr. Goodell,
Please pay the real NFL officials the money they deserve, so that the legitimacy of the NFL is no longer compromised.
Now I understand that is a bold opening statement, but I think it is warranted considering the situation that you have created. I also understand that no one was hoping it would get to this point, of using replacement officials into the regular season, but it has, and it isn’t pretty.
I am tired of spending every Monday and Tuesday examining where the replacement officials messed up games, as opposed to highlighting the great moments of the weekend. It appears to me, as a casual fan, there are at least five mistakes, five missed calls in each game.
Please do not get me wrong, I understand that the regular officials are not perfect either. They miss calls, they make mistakes too. However, the biggest difference is that I have confidence in the regular officials, because they know how to control the game, and for the most part, get everything right. With the replacement officials, I don’t feel that way.
Remember back in grade school, when you had a substitute teacher for a couple of days in the same class. It was nice the first day or so, because you didn’t really have to do anything and you could get away with a lot. After a couple days of this, you actually started to miss the regular teacher, because not a whole lot is being done, and the teacher is losing control of the class. That is how I feel this current situation, with the replacement officials on the field, is becoming.
I fear that the longer the regular officials remain locked out, and the game intensity picks up nearing the playoffs, it will continue to get worse.
I do want to commend the NFL and yourself for doing the best you can in bringing the replacement officials up-to-speed. I know that cannot be easy. But there is a reason that the replacement officials aren’t members of the group of officials that are locked out.
So I beg and plead that the league to work quickly and compromise with the locked out officials to get them back on the field. I think we are all realizing that they deserve the money that they are asking for. This way we can get back to a solid product on the field, and back to the standard that the NFL should be at. Plus, I miss seeing Ed Hochuli’s guns on a weekly basis (Come on, I know you do too, right?).
In closing, I wish nothing but success for the NFL and yourself, this year and in the future.
Adam, NFL fan since 1990