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Making a mockery of the game

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Belichick actually grabbed Garza by his arm. Belichicks face was flush with anger and rage.

The rage carried into the Pats locker room where linebacker Brandon Spikes tweeted, Can someone please tell these (expletive) zebras that Foot Locker called and theyre needed back at work!!!!

With each week, the comedy of errors is increasing.

Brian Stropolo is a replacement official that is sitting out while the league has his case under review.

What did Stropolo do to incur the wrath of the NFL?

All you had to do was check out his Facebook page and see that Stropolo is a card-carrying New Orleans Saints fan. He has since taken down the evidence.

Stropolo also violated league policy by publicly revealing his Sunday game assignment.

Is that the best the NFL can get? In one game, officials gave the two-minute warning not once, but twice.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy reportedly said on a radio show that one replacement official approached him, telling McCoy about his NFL fantasy team.

In Sundays Titans game, the officials made a 12-yard mistake that benefitted the Titans on the eventual game-winning drive. But in a game that produced a combined 1,020 yards, whats a mere 12 yards?

Evidence is mounting that these guys arent getting the job done. The two sides met Sunday and no progress was reported. Meanwhile, the NFL sits on its mound of money and ignores the seriousness of the problem.

Titans quarterback Jake Locker injured his shoulder on a play that was first ruled an interception and fumble. Locker ran downfield to help tackle the opponent. It was later ruled an incomplete pass after a review.

What if he had broken his shoulder because of a blown call? Its going to happen -- to someone, somewhere.

You cant blame the replacement officials. The NFL placed them in a no-win situation. They are trying their best, but the inconsistency between crews is confusing the coaches, players and fans.

Goodell is quick to fine and suspend players and coaches for breaking the rules. But he is evidently willing to allow injustices to threaten the integrity of the game.

It has been forecast that Goodells legacy will be cleaning up the game by disciplining players. That may be replaced by hes the one that killed the golden goose just to prove a point.

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