I have some bad news for everyone who thinks that employing real NFL refs is important, and who thinks that NFL is being short-sighted in using replacement refs:
The scabs weren't too bad last night.
I hate to say it. I really hate to say it. After covering the replacement baseball players in the spring of 1995, I never wanted to see replacement anythings in sports again. I expected the Cowboys-Giants game to become a fiasco filled with bad calls and awkward communication.
Instead, the replacement refs did fine.
I fear what that means.
Does it mean the NFL owners will feel emboldened to keep using replacements, and continue their hard-line negotiations with the real refs?
Before last night, I thought the refs would be back for Week 2 games. Now, I believe only a series of catastrophes on the field this weekend will force the NFL's hand. And if last night was any indication, the replaceement refs won't be quite that bad.
I'll be on 1500espn at 2:05 today. My Twitter handle is @Souhanstrib.