How many times in your life have you been thrown into a situation where you had no clue what you were doing and after several failed attempts you got good at it? Quite frankly there is no substitute for experience. I know personally because it has happened to me many times in my life. The thing is you have to expect failures in order to be successful at anything.
Sure the NFL replacement refs are making a lot of mistakes but you have to think that at some degree, they will get better. They aren’t out here complaining about not getting this or not getting that, they are just people who are looking for work in a bad economy.
In fact if you look at the percentage of bad plays and bad calls, it seems that the magnification is only on the primetime stage. Sure there are a few here and there but when you look at the total body of work, it isn’t really that overwhelmingly bad.
It’s not like the regular refs didn’t mess up too. If they had never made any mistakes, we wouldn’t have a need for instant replay and challenge flags. The truth of the matter is that if this hold out goes past six weeks, I suspect these replacement referees will be much better.
When you get a job for the first time you are expected to make mistakes. You have been trained but you don’t get your real evaluation until after 90 days have passed. That performance evaluation will be the key to your future.
Realistically a ton of these people are getting used to new rules and interpretations of these rules and they weren’t really serious about long term commitments to these jobs as many suspected that they would only be working a few weeks. Now that the long term prospects of keeping this job may be in place, these guys are now probably going to get more serious at their part-time job.
In fact, the part-time chance at making more money than most people will make on their full time job has to be incentive to work harder than anyone in the biz. Mark my words, the regular refs better get this thing figured out soon or they will become tomorrow’s replacement refs.
Stay Breezy ~ I’m Out!