The Real NFL Referees and $0.09


The real NFL Referees are back, but, the honeymoon will be over soon.

By Joe Fuentes


Back to Basics:

Two weeks. I give it two weeks until NFL fans complain about the regular referees and want the replacement referees back. As you may know, the NFL and its referees came to an agreement nine days ago after the replacement refs reached their lowest of lows with the call at the end of the Green Bay-Seattle game on Monday Night Football. But this last weekend saw all of the regular referees come back to work and fans welcomed them back with open arms. It was a celebration in NFL stadiums across the country. Referees were given a standing ovation as if they had been away for years and were making a triumphant return to the battlefield. But let’s face it, the honeymoon will soon be over. The fans will get angry again because of the bad calls that will be made. It’s just the way things are if you are a diehard sports fan– you always hate the refs. I remember going to game three of the 1998 NBA finals with my dad when it was the Bulls vs. Jazz in Chicago. The Jazz got blown out 96-54, and set an NBA record for lowest points scored in a finals game. We even sat next to Jazz fans for the game. When the announcer in the stadium named the referees of the game, the whole crowd started to boo them. After the crowd was done, one of the Jazz fans turned to my dad and asked why they were booing the refs even though the game hadn’t started. My dad turned to the lady, who happened to be Jerry Sloan’s daughter and was wearing a diamond Jazz pin which I can still picture to this day. He said to her, “Well it’ll only be a matter of time before they screw up a call, because we all know it’s going to happen.” That’s when I knew that I wasn’t supposed to like the referees. They always seem to get a call wrong and it always ends up hurting my team. I just don’t understand why they don’t call a fair game and have all the calls go in my team’s favor. But hey, like the replacement referees in the NFL, we have to remember that they are on the biggest stage of all with the whole world watching, and heck, they are only human.

(Bringing up memories of the 90’s Bulls had me wanting to hear those legendary Chicago Bulls introductions. If you felt the same way, here’s a link to the introductions from the 1997 NBA Finals Game Six. It still gives me goosebumps.)


Random Observation:

With the baseball regular season wrapping up this week, there are still division titles to be determined and playoff races to be won. But let’s not forget, there are thirty teams in the MLB, so not everyone is going to make the playoffs, and teams need to still finish their seasons. Anyway, on Monday the Chicago Cubs opened their final series of the year against the Houston Astros. Prior to the game, tickets were on sale on StubHub for $0.09 per ticket for the 500 section of Wrigley Field! Normally, these tickets go for around $15-20 dollars depending on the opponent. But NINE CENTS? COME ON! Also, if you did happen to cash in on this amazing deal, you got to witness the Cubs lose their 100th game of the season. It was the team’s first season of one hundred losses since 1966 when the team went 59-103. But don’t worry guys, we will be back next year! Well, maybe not next year. Maybe about three to five years…


Two new segments this week: Movie of the Week and Quote of the Week


Movie of the Week:


It stars Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in a futuristic time travel thriller. It currently has an 8.3 rating on IMDB and a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. I saw it over the weekend and I highly recommend it. In fact, I liked it so much, I’m planning on seeing it again. But I’m not even going to try to summarize the plot. One, because the movie is too good, so I don’t want to give anything away. Two, I don’t even think I could do it justice. Just go see it and have your mind blown!


Quote of the Week:

This week’s quote of the week comes from a tweet by Mark Medina, an LA Times Lakers Blogger who was at Lakers media day. He tweeted about an interesting response Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) made about his new teammate Steve Nash.

@MarkGMedina: “Metta World Peace was asked if Steve Nash is the smartest player on the Lakers: “He’s white, so probably yes.””


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