Just What This Disaster Needs: Grandstanding Politicians And Gregg Easterbrook

09.25.12 5 years ago 40 Comments

The scab refs story was already a huge deal going into this weekend, but the events of Monday night have propelled it into full-blown national scandal status, meaning a larger circle of stupid people now have a incentive to DO SOMETHING about it, if only to assert their own value and brilliance to the world.

First in line, naturally, are politicians. Stay out football, you dicks. Remember when Arlen Specter tried to make Spygate his own personal issue? Gahhh, it almost ruined all the fun of laughing at the Patriots. Anyway, a state senator from New Jersey who happens to be a Packers fan has already said he plans to introduce legislation that would block any pro sports from being played with replacement officials in the state.

Just hours after his beloved Green Bay Packers were victimized by a blown call, State Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that he wants to block replacement referees from working professional football games in New Jersey.

So as to head off the inevitable reply of “What’s wrong with that? This guy is standing up to the scabs! You hate them!” consider the following: shut up. This won’t get passed. Or it does get passes, it will just be some pointless non-binding resolution like when the Louisiana state senate passed one a few months back telling the NFL to reconsider the Saints bountygate suspensions. I’m sure Rog thought long and hard about that while chuckling to himself and sipping his brandy. The politicos get to pat themselves on the back for forcing their way into an issue where they can’t do anything just so they can reaffirm their importance. This doesn’t even get into the tedious arguments about how great/how evil organized labor is.

We are united in our need for someone to do something. Whatever that is. Hooray, centrist politickin’

Plunging further into the depths, haughty dipshit Gregg Easterbrook has things to say about the scab refs. Wouldn’t you know it, it’s just the worst thing ever:

However this shakes out, don’t blame the replacements for a situation they did not create. They are people of average means who were trying to better themselves. They need to exit stage left, but deserve a measure of appreciation — say, first claim on future NFL officiating openings.

Yes, preference for a job for which they were never qualified to have and sucked at once they were doing it. Why, do we not disregard the glorreeee boys more often and heed the sagacious advice of Gregggggggg?

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