August 6th, 2012 at 8:34 PM ^

What's more interesting is that this individual was a former MAC Ref.  It seems odd to me that with all the money the NFL makes, when their part time refs don't work out due to contract issues they go raid the MAC for officials.  This really highlights how the NFL needs to formalize their officiating structure.  

One of the largest pro sports in America is freaking raiding the wonder they fail to notice all kinds of conduct/bounty issues and things like holding are often called in a rather arbitrary fashion.  


August 6th, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

This really highlights how the NFL needs to formalize their officiating structure.

Comments like these can obscure the full picture.  They actually have a very, very structured set-up for officials to progress to the NFL.  Plus, here are your major considerations that are going unnoticed:

A) BCS league officials are not necessarily looking to move up to the NFL.  For some, the B10, SEC, etc are their destinations by choice.

B) For those that do want the NFL, they are not going to sacrifice potential future professional relationships by going against the NFL Officials Union.  They are not going to be scabs.

C) It's a lot of work to make it to the MAC.  She's not that bad

D) With the "next generation" of officials opting to not take this opportunity to become a scab and get their 15 minutes of fame, you're left with the best of the rest: Older and/or less promising officials who have plateaued at their respective collegiate level.


August 6th, 2012 at 9:11 PM ^

I think she's a sideline official.  They have a very specific set of things they are looking at and for.  You don't need to play the game to know what out of bounds, offsides are.  And the more subjective penalties, like holding, PI, etc, have very, very specific definitions.  You don't need to have played.

Playing a couple years when you're a kid versus studying rules and game film for a decard or so... I'll go with the later being more of a factor.


August 7th, 2012 at 11:22 AM ^

Well, considering the vast majority of NFL refs didn't play the sport beyond high school (if at all), this argument really doesn't hold much merit unless you believe that playing a sport 30+ years ago gives you some divine knowledge on how offensive linemen hold tackles.

If she's good at her job, she should be out there.  Same as every male referee out there.


August 6th, 2012 at 8:47 PM ^

I'm happy for her.  I think it's a great idea.  Long overdue.  Now if you'll excuse me gentlemen, I have to fix my wife a brandy and iron her panties for work tomorrow.


August 6th, 2012 at 8:55 PM ^

Ha! This if funny!  Now I'm going to make a joke about women in their traditional roles because this is so nontraditional!  Ha!  

In all seriousness though, please get back in the kitchen.


August 6th, 2012 at 11:01 PM ^

It is interesting that it took the need for replacement referees to break this barrier. There's something oddly poignant about this moment, I think, and something telling about the culture of the NFL and NFL officiating. 

Actually, it's a pretty cool story - it's just a little sad that it takes things like contract disputes to force change sometimes. 


August 6th, 2012 at 9:24 PM ^

I think it's all fine and well if she's actually a good referee and is qualified, but if this is some sort of politically-correct feminist-enacted publicity stunt to appeal to a "progressive" society, I don't like it and that ninny Goodell can make another "F" notch for FAILURE in his belt.

Just take away the "Pink" month, please.  We are all "aware" of breast cancer and I doubt many women are encouraged to get mammograms by watching an NFL game.  Perhaps raising awareness about prostate cancer would be more appropriate, given the audience and the surprisingly muted public knowledge of such a deadly disease.  Just my thoughts.



August 6th, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

You missed the point, I am all for awareness of any cancer, but I am stating that awareness could be better spread.  I would find it strange if, say, Rosie O'Donnell suddenly started to try to spread prostate cancer awareness on her show, as it wouldn't be received by the intended audience.  That is why you don't see advertisements for those mop-brooms during football games, you see beer and car commercials, because they are targeted to an audience.

I didn't mean to offend as it is a sensitive topic, but I do believe I have a reasonable point.




August 7th, 2012 at 8:18 AM ^

I don't know that the wearing pink is supposed to draw female fans. It's probably not going to.  And women don't watch as much football. It's a fact. I would start football teams wearing pink is a p.r. thing of limited utility

I think Herm was saying that since most of the fans of football are men and men watch it more, maybe it would be nice to let people know that prostate cancer is about 10% more common than breast cancer. How many people actually know that?


August 7th, 2012 at 3:52 AM ^

I happen to agree with most of your post, but Jesus Christ, Herm.  Let's leave religion and politics out of this - here's a hint: if your post includes "politically correct", "feminist", "progressive", and "raising awareness" in it, it's probably a little overly political.