BALTIMORE – The debate over the replacement NFL referees got even hotter on Sunday when Patriots coach Bill Belichick was flagged for being “unnecessarily disheveled”. When Belichick stepped onto the field before Sunday’s game against the Ravens, referee John Eaton immediately flagged Belichick for “unnecessary dishevelment”.
Eaton said: “He was wearing a mustard stained hoodie that looked like it hadn’t been washed for weeks! And he was wearing a snow cap. At first I thought I was looking at a hobo. We can’t have that kind of behavior on the field. So I flagged him.”
Belichick protested, saying, “This is the problem with these replacement refs! This is actually one of my nicer hoodies.”
Belichick wasn’t the only NFL coach or player upset after this weekend. Cleveland Browns coach, Pat Shurmur, complained that the refs were treating his team as if they were a “second rate high school football team that had no chance of winning”. Shurmur said, “They kept saying, ‘Nice try’, and ‘Good effort’ to my guys after every play. What’s up with that?”
In response, referee Nick Lane said, “Wait, what? I thought I was a refereeing an arena football game. Shoot.”
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate said, “You know, honestly, I thought they called a pretty decent game last night. I mean, sure they missed a few calls, but every ref does.”