Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/27/12

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watches teams warm up prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
As real referees return to handle pressing matters like properly calling interceptions and field goals in Baltimore, I am wondering what, if anything, we learned from this fiasco. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is a soul-less suit? Owners are greedy? Refs are important? Real change begins with televised schadenfreude and Twitter? Because if the only takeaway is specific to officials and officiating, we missed the point altogether. What this referee debacle provides is a reminder of the high cost of low price, and if we are smart we will listen and apply to our daily lives. The bottom line should not always be the deciding factor. Some things are worth paying more for, and integrity is one of those things. We have the power, and responsibility, to demand quality. Yet the Roger anger feels hypocritical when you realize how many of us are Rogers -- buying the cheapest and never bothering to look at how costs were kept down, settling for least qualified without thinking of long-...
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