When sport and language intersect, they can help define how we speak and think — consider the "level playing field." And in Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the sons of juniors, such as Benjamin Franklin Deford III, might have found a game changer.
Patience is running thin for many after the latest blown call by replacement referees in the National Football League. It's even seeped into national politics. Will a long-term strike have long-term implications for the game?
As the lockout of NFL officials over a labor dispute continues, the replacement refs have been roundly criticized for an increase in bad calls and a general loss of control on the field. NPR's Mike Pesca explains the issues with replacement refs and the ongoing dispute with the regular officials.
It's nearly a month into football season and fans are riled up over referees. The NFL locked out its regular refs and the replacements are taking the heat for a weekend of blunders capped by a Monday night meltdown. The Nation's Dave Zirin talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about the NFL's officiating issues.
Replacement refs blew it big time last night, most observers agree, when they gave Seattle a touchdown that sent Green Bay to defeat. That's only added to the outrage over what's been going on with the regular refs on the sidelines because of a contract dispute.
Replacement referees have been officiating the games since the National Football League locked out officials. The outcome of Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawk's is prompting new calls for the lockout to end.
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