Found September 23, 2012 on Read And React:
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If you’ve been listening to the debate over the replacement refs, and wondering exactly how they impact the game negatively or jeopardize player safety, I give you Exhibit A.

During the 2nd quarter of today’s Cowboys-Buccaneers game, Dallas WR Kevin Ogletree seemingly fell down in the end zone on a 3rd down pass attempt from Tony Romo … but upon closer inspection, you can see that Ogletree actually slipped on the replacement referee’s hat, which had inexplicably been thrown into the field of play:

(via mocksession.com)

With Ogletree taken out of the play, the pass fell incomplete and the Cowboys kicked a field goal on fourth down. And while referees often use their hats to mark when a receiver goes out of bounds, they generally keep them away from the field to avoid something exactly like this, which could easily have injured Ogletree.  And … ya know … they usually only throw it when the receiver actually goes out of bounds. Which Ogletree clearly didn’t do.

We’ll see if Jerry Jones is still defending the replacements after this one … especially if the Cowboys end up losing the game.

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