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Another day, another complaint about the replacement referees. It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s someone complaining about the referees that were brought in to replace the referees that are currently on strike. This time, it’s reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who saw his team fall to an impressive 49′ers team. Rodgers had some choice words for the replacement refs in light of the loss.
During his weekly radio show with WAUK-AM in Milwaukee, Rodgers said that the replacement referees were “frustrating”
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“It’s just frustrating when you’re positive that there’s either a missed call, or that the rule was not interpreted the way that it’s supposed to be interpreted,” Rodgers said. “There were multiple instances of that, and when you watch the film back, it’s frustrating. That being said, there were just some bizarre calls on both sides.”
He followed up his comment by saying:
“There’s still disbelief. I can’t say it’s comical, but I don’t feel bad because we had some bad ones our way as well. But I’m just surprised that you missed that one.”
Surprisingly, the most blatant missed call in the 49′ers/Packers game actually went in Green Bay’s favor, making Rodgers’ comments even more bizzare. Punt Returner Randall Cobb picked up a 75-yard punt return due to an obvious block in the back by his teammate, linebacker Terrell Manning.
The trash talk from players to the replacement refs isn’t a new thing. It’s starting to become a “go-to” excuse. Bills DE Mario Williams was even more vocal about his struggles against Jets RT Austin Howard.
Frankly, the complaints are getting old. Yes, we realize that these replacement referees might miss a call now and then. But here’s the thing… no referee goes his/her entire career without missing a call or two. The replacement referees are being used as scapegoats, plain and simple. Players that don’t have a win go their way now have an easy target to complain about.
It can be frustrating sometimes when a referee misses a call. It can be even more frustrating when it seems like they don’t know what they’re doing. But why don’t you try to take a walk in their shoes? You got a call at the last second and were told that you have to referee a sporting event in front of thousands of fans in the stadium and millions more at home. You know that if you make even the simplest mistake, you’re going to be crucified.
Here’s what I’m proposing. Lay off the replacement refs. I realize that it’s frustrating. But complaining about them isn’t going to do any good. This is my call-out to Aaron Rodgers, Mario Williams, and any other player/coach/owner that is complaining. Get over it and do your job. If your team plays a perfect game, you won’t have to worry about close calls. Until then, stop whining and play.
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