Expect the NFL to be nominated for best comedy at next years Emmy Awards night. Just when we all thought this humorous situation couldn’t get any worse, it just did.
Enter Mitch Mortaza. The founder and president of the Lingerie Football League today released a statement that has further embarrassed the NFL.
“Because of the LFL’s perception it is that much more critical for us to hire officiating crews that are competent, not only for the credibility of our game but to keep our athletes safer. Due to several on-field incompetent officiating we chose to part ways with with a couple crews which apparently are now officiating in the NFL. We have a lot of respect for our officials but we felt the officiating was not in line with our expectations.
We have not made public comment to date because we felt it was not our place to do so. However in light of tonight’s event, we felt it was only fair that NFL fans knew the truth as to who are officiating these games.”
Two words come to mind: oh my. This is America’s sport and for three weeks going on four, their beloved game has turned into a farce. The LFL is a women’s only league that pits seven against seven with players kitted in shoulder, elbow and knee pads, garters, bras, panties and an ice hockey inspired helmet.
Fair to say that Mr. Mortaza has a very high standard for when it comes to officiating. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
The ‘real’ referees have been locked out since June and fair to say, the replacements have be controversial.
Fans will continue to watch their teams play on Thursday, Sunday and Monday despite the horrendous officiating. Players won’t strike in an attempt to bring back the original men in stripes. Roger Goodell still has this in his favour.
The NFL and NFL Referees Association met following the contentious Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game (apparently not linked to the result) however a resolution failed to be struck.
Discussions are back on and that is a great sign but an agreement must be made fast. Both sides need to give up a little for the sake of this great game.