Originally written on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 9/17/12

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27: Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 23-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
As a fan, I’ve been somewhat tolerant of the NFL Replacement Officials this season. After all, these are mainly college officials from smaller schools thrust into the limelight under a ton of pressure. Every missed call can turn the outcome of game upside down potentially. Having said that, things have gotten worse rather than better through the first 2 weeks of the regular season. Speaking from the Steelers perspective, the officials couldn’t have been worse on Sunday afternoon. I understand they are still new to the NFL but good grief, honestly!  Talk to any other fan of another team and they’ll have similar thoughts I’m sure about their teams’ experiences with the replacements. Two Steelers in particular took the brunt of the blunders at Heinz Field in week 2. Ike Taylor was called for a phantom pass interference as the first “questionable” flag came down. There was barely any contact on the pattern but somehow the officials threw the flag almost as quickly as a James Harrison ro...
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