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NFL fed up with replacement ref abuse

11:30 AM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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NFL replacement referees during week 1 of 2012 (USA Today)

(USA Today) -- Through the first two weeks of the season, images of coaches flipping their lids, berating replacement referees for their awful calls, have been common around the NFL.

Well, evidently the league is fed up with it.

Owners, general managers and coaches of all 32 teams this week received a memo from the NFL to inform them that those actions won't be tolerated in Week 3.

"We contacted them to remind them that everyone has a responsibility to respect the game," NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson said Thursday night, via ESPN.com. "We expect it to be adhered to this weekend and forevermore."

Three takeaways from Anderson's quote:

1. Who says "forevermore" in the 21st century?

2. Here we go again with another league official spouting off about "a responsibility to respect the game." Considering the ridiculous nature of this referee lockout (Translation: the NFL trying to nickel and dime them), it makes you wonder if the league feels exempt from having that same responsibility.

3. That Anderson even alluded to this situation potentially being never-ending let's you know just how committed the league is to using replacements until it gets what it wants.

4. Who the heck says "forevermore" in the 21st century? I'm still thrown off by its usage.

Anyway, here's what coaches should expect if they get out of line with the replacements this Sunday.

"If someone were to make that mistake," Anderson said, "he would be flagged on the field and he would be hearing from our office in a very firm way."

Jim Harbaugh is just shaking in his tennis shoes, I'm sure.

(By Simon Samano, USA Today)

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