The NFL Deals with Major Setbacks

WILLIAM HARMON

Sports Editor

As we enter the sixth week of the 2012 NFL football season, there have already been several setbacks. The referees refused to work, protesting their low salaries. In the beginning of the season, the NFL announced the arrival of replacement referees, the league has been paying a heavy price due to the inexperienced calls made by them.

In week three there was a touchdown pass thrown to Seattle Seahawk player, Golden Tate. One official called an interception and the other called a touchdown.

The ball was clearly intercepted,” said junior, Coop Pugh. “Green Bay lost because the replacement refs have no idea what they are doing.”

The original referees came back in week four, just in time for the Cleveland Browns game against the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday night. They called an exceptional game leading to a 23-16 Baltimore win. It looks like the original referees are back for good, or at least for the rest of the season.

As of the sixth week, the Atlanta Falcons were undefeated at 5-0 games. The Houston Texans are now also at a 5-0 record, beating the New York Jets who now have a 2-3 record. In week five, the Saint Louis Rams pulled off an outstanding victory against the Arizona Cardinals who now have a 4-1 record. The New Orleans Saints had a great win over the San Diego Chargers. The Cleveland Browns, on the other hand, have not won a single game and now have a 0-5 record. Despite all the setbacks, the league is off to a great start and we will be holding our breaths to see who makes it to the Super Bowl.

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