This is bad:
So the Packers ‘lost’ a game they won. Via Deadspin, Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe:
As a player, as someone whose paycheck relies on the fans’ interest and their consumption of this game, I’m asking you to do what’s best for the NFL and get the regular refs back on the field. It may sting your pride, and that of the owners who employ you, but at the end of the day this is a business, and a very successful one at that. I’m asking you: Please don’t risk alienating your customers over something that should never have been an issue in the first place. Bring the regular refs back before it gets even worse.
How bad is it? The Lingerie Football League blasted their dumb cousin, the NFL:
Because of the LFL’s perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game but to keep our athletes safer. Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.
We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so. However in light of tonight’s event, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth as to who are officiating these games.
All because the richest sports league on planet Earth simply cannot stand to have their referees collect a normal pension upon retirement. If they won’t give that up and take the league’s far poorer 401K plan, then football, the game, can go to hell. And so it has.
ADD: Look who’s supporting the union refs:
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) September 25, 2012
The holy union-slayer, Governor Scott Walker. The nerve of some people.