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Don't blame the replacement refs for what happened last night. Blame the man who worries more about socks, sleeves and touchdown celebrations than the officiating in his league. Sadly, we shouldn't be surprised Roger Goodell and the owners would compromise the integrity of the NFL for money. This is the same league that makes season ticket holders pay FULL price for exhibition games. And this the same man who went around saying fans wanted a 18-game regular season. Fans, of course, don't want to pay full price for exhibition games, so Goodell thought chopping two games off the exhibition season and adding them to the regular season would be the solution. Greedy. As he touted the benefits of an 18-game schedule, Goodell also tried to convince people that he cares about player safety. Phony. Now we have the referee debacle. A league that prints money has compromised the integrity of the games over a reported $3 million to the referees' pension plan. And while anyone with a set of functioning eyes (and even people without a set of functioning eyes) can see the replacement refs have no business calling NFL games, Goodell responds by threatening players and coaches who dare knock the replacement refs. Bully. Well, after last night, the entire league is now completely out of control. And, yes, I know Goodell works for the owners, and they deserve some responsibility here, but don't think for one second that Goodell doesn't have the power to get the owners to make a deal with the refs. He can do it in a heartbeat. Congrats, Roger.
* Which Phillies position player earned a win in the 2011 season?
UPDATE: Contest is over. Winners have been e-mailed. Answer was Wilson Valdez.