REFFING IS HARD. Maybe that’s what this whole replacement-ref flap has taught us more than anything (other than reiterating how stubborn and arrogant the leadership of the NFL is). Not just anyone can waltz in there and confidently make calls.
I’m not even talking specifically about the Green Bay-Seattle call. That one seemed pretty easy; they just blew it. I’m talking about all the calls in all the games. Have you noticed how many times these guys have had to gather to talk things over? One official even took a couple of minutes to consult a rule book. I guess that’s better than just making a call and not knowing the rule, but still…you’d think they’d know the rules.
Read this morning that giving the real refs everything they want in the labor negotiations would cost each team roughly $100,000 more per year. Seems like that would be well worth it.
I feel no obligation to help Roger Goodell save his business, just as I feel no obligation to join the chorus of media members devising ways to “save” NASCAR. It’s actually kind of fun watching him sully his product with such arrogance. But then again, I’ve long been frustrated with the media’s nonstop worship of the NFL, typically while taking jabs at other sports.
And guess what? Baseball attendance is up this year, while attendance in everything else keeps dropping. The new playoff format has spiked interest in the divisional races and kept more cities interested. Bud Selig always gets blasted; I’m thinking he deserves some credit here.
-Doughty argues that Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech is the biggest of UVa’s season.
-Andy profiles Cincinnati dual-threat quarterback Munchie Legaux, who leads the nation’s 12th-ranked rushing attack.
-Notre Dame is opting out of its annual series with Michigan following the 2014 season.
-Roy Williams’ kidney tumor is found to be benign. The UNC coach will have a biopsy on a second kidney tumor next week, with doctors saying there’s a good chance that growth is also benign.
-Going to talk to Kyle Busch today in Martinsville. Anybody have any burning questions for him?
-Braves clinch a playoff berth with a walk-off homer by Freddie Freeman.
-Tigers move into a first-place tie in the AL Central.
-Orioles and Yankees both lose; New York maintains 1.5-game lead in AL East. Yankees play at Minnesota at 1 p.m. today on MLB Network, while the Orioles host Toronto (7 p.m., MASN2).
-The Angels win their fourth straight and are two back of Oakland for the second AL wildcard spot.
NAME THAT TUNE
I’m outa luck, outa love
Gotta photograph, picture of
Passion killer, you’re too much
You’re the only one I wanna touch
I see your face every time I dream
On every page, every magazine
So wild so free so far from me
You’re all I want, my fantasy