Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
While I agree that the regular refs aren't perfect (which will always be the case as long as the human element is involved), are you insinuating the lack of ability of the replacement refs is being overstated?
Lack of experience, not so much a lack of ability. Entire crews are being plucked from all levels and thrown together in this, there is no continuity like with the regular refs where you have an idea of just how the crew will call a game.
It would be like me being plucked off the street as a soccer ref and given a crash course of international rules and stuck in the middle of Brazil v Argentina. It makes a difference when you have a veteran to help bring inexperience refs in and hide their inefficiencies.