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12 Longshot Predictions For The 2012 NFL Season

By 09.04.12

8. This Replacement Refs Thing Is Going To Blow Up In Our Faces

It’s a tough job being a ref. You do your job right, no one notices. One bad call (or no call), you instantly become the most hated man in America. Check this though. One of the most important storylines in the offseason which no one really seemed to care about was the referee work stoppage. In case you’re not in the know, we’re strolling into Week 1 with replacement refs, which means all hell could and probably will break loose.

As Dave Campbell of the Associated Press put it, “Many of the replacements are going from supervising small college games to policing the sport’s best athletes in front of deafening 75,000-strong crowds.” No forward progress between the league and the refs is in sight either. Simply put, the replacements are going to blow a game. It’s inevitable and will not be totally their fault. You just better pray your team doesn’t miss the playoffs by one game. That would suck.


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