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First of all, for those of you who read this headline in Professor Farnsworth's voice, I salute you and reward you with this video:
Now onto business. We all know that the NFL has announced that the first week games will be (or did if you count last night) refereed by replacement officials. Now the NFL has confirmed that the better, more high profile games will be getting the best of the replacement officials. There appears to be a sliding scale as far as the quality of refs moving from last night's game, which apparently got the best of the replacement refs (who still missed a pretty obvious pass interference penalty) on down to the worst games who will be getting referees who I can only assume can barely tie their own shoes.
Why is this good news you ask? Because the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons figures to be a game that has at least some attention, considering that the Falcons are a perennial playoff team and the Chiefs are considered by some to be the favorites to win the AFC Worst West. This most likely means that since our game isn't going to have the cache of match-ups like Green Bay-San Francisco or Pittsburgh-Denver or even Baltimore-Cincinnati we will almost certainly get better referees than say, the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings (the two teams combined for 8 wins) or the contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns ( 12 combined wins).
So everybody celebrate! We won't be getting the worst refs in the league! After the dismalness of 2011, I'm looking for any reason to be positive.