As many of you have probably figured out, I'm not an avid sports fan. So it's taken me a little while to realize something was amiss with this season of NFL games. I am a little taken aback by the vehement outcry from football fans, players, and coaches.
The regular referees are on strike. Due to that situation, they've brought in substitute referees who are, according to pretty much everyone, nincompoops making bad calls, such as Seattle Seahawks v. Green Bay Packers and Patriots v. Ravens (profanity included). The channel that was broadcasting the game failed to bleep the profanity out, so little kids watching it heard plenty.
Today I was lunching with a sports fan, and she said the situation was intolerable. Fans are madder, players are becoming a little rougher, and the coaches a little louder. Could someone tell me why there is trouble in the substitute referee world -- why is it so seemingly difficult to make these calls? Is there a conspiracy plot being hatched somewhere in the football world? (I can see this saga as a plot in a fictional murder mystery novel.)
While I wouldn't know a first down from a third, I have to admit to being puzzled as to the problem with the new referees seeming incompetence. Why aren't there a plethora of qualified referees that are ready and willing to serve; after all, isn't football one of our national sports?
But more troubling is what this situation says about our nation. Have we, somewhere along the way, lost perspective and sportsman/sports-fan like behavior?