GRIDIRON ALUMNI FOOTBALL BLUNDER OF THE WEEK: REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS LEARNING THE HARD WAY
No one ever said that having replacement officials during the preseason would be a pretty sight to see. But most people probably didn’t expect it to be this bad, either. With the NFL officials in a lockout as the 2012 season nears, replacement officials from all over the football landscape have entered into the NFL ranks, and into the spotlight.
In a sport where officials are constantly being ridiculed and questioned, the replacement officials of 2012 may be getting it even worse. The officials have made headlines for announcing the wrong team, missing obvious calls and awarding a touchback to a team when the ball was downed at the five yard line.
In the Baltimore vs. Atlanta preseason game in week one, the head referee announced on two separate occasions that “Arizona” will not be charged a timeout, which is great, especially since Arizona wasn’t playing that night.
The cases in week one of the preseason piled up, as calls were missed, such as Bills receiver Stevie Johnson being tackled while attempting to catch a pass down the field in the Redskins-Bills preseason opener. Of course, no penalty was called.
What was your favorite referee blunder of week one of the preseason?