In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks game-winning non-touchdown in last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has plans to introduce legislation that will not allow any professional sporting event involving replacement officials to take place in New Jersey.
The New (Jersey) York Jets play the San Francisco 49ers at home this weekend, and the New (Jersey) York Giants return home the following week to face the Cleveland Browns.
Sweeney claimed that the players are in more danger than usual due to the abundance of missed calls, bad calls, and the “overall ineptitude of the replacement officials.”
Players have been pushing and shoving more than usual, and it has been speculated that they are because they know they can get away with it. I have noticed on numerous occasions players getting called for retaliating, but the initial instigator has not been getting called. I think players are instigating more often because they are trying to draw a penalty by getting the opponent to retaliate.
Sweeney isn’t wrong, as one of the most notable plays besides “The Inaccurate Reception” is Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy committing a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. The hit left Heyward-Bey lying motionless and unconscious in the end-zone. No flag was thrown for a helmet-to-helmet hit or a hit on a defenseless receiver. Thankfully, Heyward-Bey reportedly only suffered a concussion and should be able to return this season.
I completely support what Sweeney is trying to do. I’m not exactly sure if going through with the legislation is even possible; however, someone of stature should do something because this NFL season has already gotten out of hand.
I have already taken a personal stand as I will not be watching anymore NFL games until the officials on strike return to officiate the games. I’m insulted that the NFL has such a lack of respect for its fans that they don’t care about the lack of quality of officiating. The league would rather save a few bucks and sacrifice the integrity of the game which, in my opinion, has been compromised.
I will be rooting as hard as ever for my team to win on Sunday, but I’m taking suggestions on what to do or watch instead of the games. So far, watching the Ryder Cup is in the lead.
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