Rejoice, NFL Fans: The Referees Are Coming Back This Weekend

After 48 regular season games that nearly brought the National Football League to its knees and turned the league's officiating into a recurring national joke, the NFL and the referees union have agreed to a new eight-year deal and the officials will be back on the job Thursday night in Baltimore. » 9/26/12 10:39pm 9/26/12 10:39pm

Why Are The Scab Refs Screwing Up Illegal-Contact Penalties?

The replacement officials made many mistakes over the weekend, some of such great consequence that they inspired incredible anger, others bad enough only to prompt a very loud "bullshit" chant. But they've all been bad. Instead of focusing on one specific mistake, or all the mistakes as a whole, though, we want to… » 9/26/12 6:00pm 9/26/12 6:00pm

This Is The Angriest America Has Been At Referees Since The 2006 Super…

What would motivate you to Google "referee?" Nothing good (unless you're counting sexy bedroom role-play costumes, in which case, uh, nothing good). The above Google Trends graph (updated last night) shows the relative frequency of "referee" searches in the United States since 2004. The term tends to spike with… » 9/25/12 9:25am 9/25/12 9:25am

The Lingerie Football League Announces That It Fired "A Couple Crews…

After the Hall of Fame game in August, Mike Pereira let it slip that Craig Ochoa, the referee who worked that game, had been fired from the Lingerie Football League. The Lingerie Football League—which recently uprooted itself from its US host cities to barnstorm in Canada, the United States, and Australia over the… » 9/25/12 12:43am 9/25/12 12:43am

Here's What Baltimore's Minute-Long "Bullshit" Chant Sounded Like…

Replacement refs once again became an issue Sunday night, as a controversial illegal contact penalty followed by a rare bench personal foul assessed to the Ravens stirred the M & T Bank Stadium crowd into a rage. Indeed, it nearly sounds as if the entire city of Baltimore is joining in the "Bullshit" chant, one so… » 9/24/12 12:27am 9/24/12 12:27am

They're Getting Worse, Not Better: Here Are The 28 Worst Replacement…

After a lousy first week in the NFL, replacement officials again came under fire this weekend following trip-ups, missed calls, and general ineptitude. While Roger Goodell testifies to the NFL's increased emphasis on player safety, his continued lockout of union officials reveals the league really doesn't give a damn… » 9/20/12 2:22pm 9/20/12 2:22pm

We Can Only Hope "NFL Referee" Don King's Incompetence Will Bring About…

Don King, the replacement ref who's working tonight's game between the Giants and Patriots, got a little flummoxed during one sequence in the second quarter. Remember, this is the quality of referee the NFL is prepared to start the season with in just a week's time. Sam Borden of The New York Times offered up a… » 8/29/12 9:15pm 8/29/12 9:15pm

Nothing Better Illustrates The Futility Of Replacement Refs Than This…

Jerry Frump wore the white hat for last night's Patriots-Eagles preseason game, and like all of this year's replacement-refereed games it was a bit of a disaster for the zebras. While players openly voice concern for their health in games managed by scabs, the NFL seems perfectly content to head into the season with… » 8/21/12 1:15pm 8/21/12 1:15pm