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Proof In GIFs That The NFL's Replacement Refs Are Hopelessly Inept

This would be funny if it wasn't so very, very sad.

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Because the NFL's regular referees are engaged in a labor dispute with the league, football has been using replacement officials, hailing from such powerhouse leagues as the NCAA's Division III and the Lingerie Football League.

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Until it wasn't. The refs decided that, because Tillman's defensive penalty ended the first quarter, there would be another play. This is not the correct call.

You can't end a game or a half on a defensive penalty, because otherwise, teams could commit infractions with no fear of any punishment. But that's not the case at the end of a quarter, when play continues as is after a short break.

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During the Vikings-Chargers game, they called this runner tackled before he fumbled. But it's incredibly clear that the ball (see the red circle) came out while he was standing upright.

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The last and worst incident happened to the Buffalo Bills. Punting at the end of the 1st quarter, Buffalo downed the ball at the four-yard line. Well done, etc.

If you look at the bottom-right of the screen, you can see the ref, who is in the perfect place to make the call, toss the little beanbag that indicates the punt being downed.

AND THEN THE REFS DECIDED IT WAS A TOUCHBACK (meaning the Redskins would get the ball at the 20 yard line). Touchbacks happen when the ball is downed in the end zone. This ball did not enter the end zone.

There just isn't an explanation for this. It's madness. One of the refs was RIGHT THERE.

As of right now, these officials will be starting the regular season. Please come back to us, Ed Hochuli.

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