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View Poll Results: Is the NFL officiating completely honest and on the up and up
Yes, the officiating is completely on the up and up.
No, sometimes the NFL would like certain out comes.
After watching a number of games over the years (particularly Peyton Mannings) Ive sometimes thought that the reffs were trying to get a particular out come. Do you think the officiating in the NFL is completely on the up and up. Cause sometimes i wonder.
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I think that some officials can make very bad decisions. Their judgement on stuff they glimpse obliquely in only a few hundred milliseconds can be profoundly influenced by their pre-existing personal team prejudices.
And a very few are just bad people who unabashedly let their biases affect their calls.
I put in a vote for more nuanced than either option. If the question is whether the NFL wants outcomes and dictates things to officials about how to call the game to make their wishes come true, absolutely unequivocally not.
But officials get swayed by things like home field, situation, coaches working them, and even things that have happened earlier in the game, all of which can contribute to poor calls.
Assuming, however, the question is whether officials care who wins? They do not. I know it's not a popular view on NFL message boards, but am confident of the answer.
I'm not sure that it's dishonest but it does suffer from the "human effect" in that there are certain biases and personal feelings in some game officials, whether they realize it or not. It's the same in all sports on all levels.
In terms of if there are preferred outcomes, yes I believe the league office likes to see certain teams win (and I do think that they like seeing NE win, as well as other teams who have large fan bases and haters) but I don't think they alter results or make calls with that intention.
So if the question is whether or not the games are "fixed", no I don't believe they are but I do believe some refs have personal feelings towards some players and/or teams, whether positive or negative.
I don't know how to answer this. I think it's "honest" but flawed. I don't think the officials set out to hand the game to one team over the other, but it seems like "benefit of the doubt because of who you are" or "call it this way because of how the game is going" seems to creep into the calls, even if it's subconscious. I think there is a tendency in everyone connected to the game, be it fans, officials, tv people, etc., to want the game going on to be competitive, and somehow that creeps into the calls. I don't think it's terribly intentional, however. Does this make any sense? Probably not, but it's how I feel.