I am an incorrigible channel changer and my subscription to Sunday Ticket feeds my habit. I usually enjoy seeing bits of other games during the many breaks in the action of Chiefs games, but today was, well, disturbing, to say the least.
It seems that every time I clicked onto another game, I was tuning in on another officiating travesty. It’s become so bad, I’m not sure what I am watching any more. The bad calls and no calls have annihilated any semblance of consistency in the game. It’s become so bad you can no longer count on blatant fouls being called, or rule out bad calls in the most critical times of a game.
The last—but probably not the worst—no call today came in the final drive of the Raider-Steelers game when a blatant chop block that injured the recipient was blithely ignored by the selectively blind officials right on top of the play. It’s bad enough that the Raiders won as a result. However, I think the long reaching result of these inadequate officials is that players are beginning to care less about playing cleanly, and more players are being hurt as a result.
I don’t know what the solution is. I’m not going to stop watching football because I’ve already paid for my Sunday Ticket. But I sure as hell am not going to buy any NFL product until the real officials are back on the field. I’m not going to watch NFL Network. And I am going to take every opportunity I get to bad-mouth the greedy little goblins running the organization who make billions, have players worth millions, but want to quibble over a few thousand dollars for competent officiating.