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Published September 12, 2012
REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said the NFL replacement officials are “under a lot of scrutiny,” and those working the 49ers-Packers game on Sunday “deserve the scrutiny.” Rodgers: “You have to understand the rules." He added, “It’s just frustrating when you think you are positive there is either a missed call or the rule is not interpreted the way it’s supposed to be interpreted. There were multiple instances of that. When you watch the film, it’s frustrating. Some just bizarre calls on both sides. Anybody who saw the TV copy -- I saw it from the sideline -- we scored a touchdown on a legit block in the back. I don’t know what happened on that. It just hopefully will get better" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/12). Meanwhile in N.Y., Chase Stuart wrote although there were “the usual complaints and borderline calls,” the replacement refs “did not steal much attention from the players on the field” during games this past weekend. It is “difficult to test whether the replacement referees were any different than the regular crews” (NYTIMES.com, 9/11). In Nashville, David Climer writes, “In many of the games I’ve seen both in person and on TV, many officials appear star-struck or intimidated -- or both. They simply aren’t prepared to be in the positions the NFL front office has put them” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/12).