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The NFL appears to be doing everything it can to downplay the replacement ref debacle. They also want to make sure that everyone who is either an NFL employee, or represents the NFL in any way, “tows the company line” and not put these refs in a negative light.
If I were a gambling man, I’d bet that the NFL sent out some type of notification to their employees and game commentators prior to the start of the season to have them try to put the replacement refs in a positive light.
This could be evidenced by Cris Collinsworth pointing out on numerous occasions during the first game of the year where he kept saying how good the refs’ calls were.
It sounded like John Madden talking about Brett Favre for cryin’ out loud.
Then, just a few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article about a “replacement ref audit” that basically tries to show how the amount of penalties, challenged calls and reversals are not that much different than last year (therefore insi...