The first three weeks of the NFL season were as difficult for the replacement officials as they were for the coaches, players and fans. While they made plenty of money and we don’t necessarily have to feel sorry for them, the fill-ins took a ton of verbal abuse and became a national laughing stock.
During an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, one of the replacement officials, Jeff Sadorus, had a very interesting way of describing his experience.
“Honestly, sometimes during this whole thing it felt like the national pastime in this country had changed from football to bashing replacement officials,” Sadorus, a college official, explained. “Everyone wanted perfection, but come on: The last guy who was perfect they nailed to a cross. And he wasn’t even an official.”
I don’t know how I feel about comparing the situation to the story of the Bible, but most of the criticism was warranted. Even an inexperienced official should be able to admit that the refs cost Green Bay th...