Todd’s Nods: Scabs Ripped Off
Todd Colin Vaughan
That didn’t take too long.
Just long enough to throw the credibility of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell out the window.
Yes, the fiasco that was replacement refs had the world of football fanatics even more ornery then a tail-gate party that has run out of propane.
The great experiment in collective bargaining came to an end following the now-infamous missed called on Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
The weeks of scab refs were even brought to satire, appearing on The Daily Show where British correspondent John Oliver was replaced by Sir Patrick Stewart.
In this case, unlike that of the NFL, the replacement was a far superior correspondent and Oliver was jokingly permanently replaced by the Shakespearian actor.
By bringing in scabs, Goodell was attempting to downplay the importance of experienced officials.
His bluff was called and fans had to suffer through bad call after bad call until MNF’s final botched call which lead to a quick deal with the locked-out NFL officials.
If you’re going to play poker, make sure you at least sometimes have the cards to play, Mr. Goodell.
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