Blow the whis­tle on the of­fi­ci­at­ing

The Buffalo News - - SPORTSTALK - Joe Cyran Las Ve­gas Ron Topol­ski Elma

In a time when po­lice forces in third world coun­tries are to­tally cor­rupt, how can we be so naive as to not be­lieve the of­fi­ci­at­ing in the NFL is to­tally cor­rupted? They use their own dis­cre­tion to in­ter­pret the rules to af­fect the out­come to a pre­de­ter­mined con­clu­sion. It wouldn’t be so bad if there was a mea­sure of con­sis­tency, but the calls change from week to week to en­sure the pre­de­ter­mined win­ner.

If I were an owner, I wouldn’t field a team un­til ev­ery sin­gle of­fi­cial was re­placed. There’s a whole off­sea­son to ad­dress this is­sue. Train­ing needs to oc­cur and en­force­ment of the rules as they are writ­ten. Drug screen­ing needs to be im­ple­mented, crim­i­nal back­ground checks and their fi­nances need to be scru­ti­nized. The com­mis­sioner needs to an­swer to a newly elected own­ers com­mit­tee ex­clud­ing Krafts and Jone­ses. They only rep­re­sent their own self in­ter­ests.

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