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SBD/September 28, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Throwing A Flag On The Play: Late-Night Talk Shows, "SNL" Roast Replacement Refs
Published September 28, 2012
on the phone with Packers coach Mike McCarthy
MORE MONOLOGUES: CBS’ DAVID LETTERMAN in his opening monologue said, “Phony referees gone, ladies and gentlemen. They were taking the place of the real referees and the phony referees were actually fathers of the NFL players that would take turns each game refereeing. But now the real referees are back, ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, who says the U.N. doesn't do anything? … You know, people are screaming about the phony referees. … I think they were unprofessional. Say what you will, they were trying as hard as they possibly could. But the phony referees, here's how unprofessional (they were): Early on -- in their defense I think this was an exhibition game, so it didn't count -- but I saw one of those stand-in referees -- here is how unprofessional -- I saw him send a drink over to a cheerleader” (“Late Show,” CBS, 9/27). ABC’s JIMMY KIMMEL said, “Some good news for football fans. Late last night, the NFL lockout is over. The refs will be back to work and I am happy to say, there will never be a bad call again. The new collective bargaining agreement is an eight-year deal. The referees got better pension, more money and most importantly, what they wanted more than anything, Sundays off. So we might still have a problem” (“Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC, 9/27).
NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME PLAYERS: NBC Thursday aired a “Weekend Update Special Edition” with “SNL” cast member SETH MEYERS reporting on the ref news, saying, “The NFL announced early this morning that they had reached a deal with officials ending the referee lockout. Well, it feels nice to say this again: ‘Good call.’ But the real question is what is the NFL going to do about the replacement cheerleaders?” Later in the broadcast, a skit aired for a new NBC show called “Replacement Refs.” The theme song was, “Replacement refs. They’re trying their hardest. What they lack in experience, they lack in decisiveness. You wanted the best but you’re getting replacement refs.” The refs introduced themselves, with one saying, “I'm Dave. I mean Steve. Dang it!” The first episode was called “Episode 42: The Trial.” The scene begins in a courtroom with the jury box consisting of the all replacement refs and after being asked if they have reached a verdict, the replacement ref jury foreman said, “Ummm, yeah, we feel good about it, yeah.” At this point, the defendant said, “I just want to reiterate what I’ve said every day of this trial: I killed those people and I’d do it again!” The replacement ref jury foreman, looking confused and indecisive, said, “Not guilty.” At that moment, another replacement ref juror throws a penalty flag (“Weekend Update Special Edition,” NBC, 9/27).