To clear things up: Yes, the owners are wholly responsible for the lockout. But we identify and delve into the backgrounds of the replacement refs not to be mean, but for two legitimate reasons. First, they're scabs, and without them crossing the picket line, the lockout would have been over months ago. And second, fans really ought to know how inexperienced and incapable some are, because the NFL sure as hell isn't going to make that information public.
Yesterday we learned that Lance Easley, the side judge who signaled that Golden Tate had at least as good a claim to the ball as did M.D. Jennings, was a banker from Northern California who refs both basketball and football, at the high school, junior college, and Division III levels. (The NFL requires its regular officials to have 10 years' experience, at least five of those in major-college football. The Los Angeles Times points out that Easley has four total years of officiating experience.)