Sports Perspective Fair or Foul - The Explorer: Sports

Sports Perspective Fair or Foul

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:00 am

After a weekend of jostling and dirty plays in the NFL, it raises the question what is fair and what is foul?

In the era of the replacement officials, players can conduct themselves on the field a little differently. It was evident in week two of the NFL season and only the second regular season game these officials have officiated.

Players have been able to get away with the small, sneaky, dirty plays ever since these new officials have been inserted. Although the officials have improved from their pre-season gaffes and erroneous calls, there are calls still being missed and dirty plays that are changing the momentum of the games.

In the majority of the week two contests, there was some instance of dirty play that changed the tone of the game. Whether it be Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman, Darnell Dockett throwing in a little pile driver at the end of the play to Stevan Ridley of the Patriots or the final kneel to run the clock out in the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in which Giants quarterback Eli Manning was shoved to the ground in an absolutely meaningless play, the officials are beginning to lose control.

Believe it or not, in such a violent game there used to be a sense of community and family that ran throughout the league. Although while the game clock is running, opposing players are enemies, when that clock takes a break, so do the players from all the violence.

It used to be opponents would help each other up after blasting them out of bounds. Now, it has come to bending and pulling a receivers leg after making a catch, evident in the New York Jets game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The integrity of the NFL is rapidly vanishing with these new replacement officials. As this integrity vanishes, so does the protection of the players. The same players that dictate the entire success or failure of the league. It seems like a no-brainer to bring back the officials from last season to protect the health of the players and to have more consistency in the penalty pattern.

Although it is exciting to watch your favorite team get riled up in the moment and deliver those cheap plays that get under the opponents’ skin, what happens when that same playful banter injures the star on your team? Is it okay because everyone is doing it, or must it stop? Or do we go back to the saying that it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt?

Ultimately, the decision is up to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and if he believes that the cost to bring back last season’s referees is worth the reward. Whatever decision he makes must be made quickly before it changes the outcome of a team’s season.

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

MOS: Storms and Floods

We asked the community about the coming floods and storms.

MOS: Back To School

We asked the community about the new school semester starting.

More Featured Videos
Spacer4px

Follow us on Facebook