As a way of sparking some potential interesting letters to the editor, I would like to offer up the conversation regarding the current situation in the NFL.
Love them or hate them, they are just as much part of any game played as the athletes are.
Take referees out of a game and we would be stuck watching a variation of the ultimate fighter in most cases... which could prove to be interesting in some cases.
However, I do not feel that refs should go to the level that has been visited by many athletes and go on strike in order to be paid more for their services.
It is mind-blowing to think that even the zebra-stripped-wearing men feel that they are able to simply throw their hands in the air and refuse to do their job unless they receive more pay.
The reasoning behind player strikes in most sports is easier to understand, however, I do not support them all.
Sure players can injure themselves the very first year they play, leading to them being disabled.
That is a true concern and for that they are generally paid large sums of money to put themselves in those situations each week.
Refs on the other hand, for the most part, are rarely ever in situations where their health is in jeopardy... unless blowing a whistle leads to lung cancer and we don’t know it yet.
I was interested in knowing just how much NFL refs make a year and of course the numbers are larger than I will ever see in my lifetime.
According to several on-line sources, NFL refs can make from $42,000 to as much as $100,000 per season.
Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I would love to make that kind of money and have the chance to meet some of the great talents in the NFL.
It is sad to see the NFL constantly having to face greedy issues concerning money year in and year out.
But is this not how our world works now?
Don’t all the well-paid constantly demand more in order to buy nicer things than they already have?
I can’t help but think what people in third world countries think about the United States when they hear that men in our country are mad at making that kind of money.
The thought is so sad that I often find myself laughing at the situation.
I feel that refs in the NFL should suck it up and get back to what they do best; making sure NFL games are officiated to the best of their potential.
I am very interested in knowing what others have to say about this situation.
Please send any letters about the NFL ref lockout to the Cynthiana Democrat, p.o. box 160, or directly to my email firstname.lastname@example.org.