The day for the replacements began with a story about a replacement official who was scheduled to work a New Orleans Saintsgame despite being an unabashed Saints fan boy. On his Facebook page he was decked out in Saints gear. This is, well, not great.
The NFL wisely yanked him off the game. Thus began what was the worst week yet for the replacements. Humiliating, disgraceful ... doesn't do justice to this week. This was bad. This was Skywalker-discovering-his-father-was-a-magical-mass-murderer bad.
The Facebook fisaco will now lead to the following whenever a ref in the future makes a bad call: check that ref's Facebook page.
The replacements, it turns out, are having an extremely difficult time with pass interference calls. The regular refs have these issues. The replacements are getting them very wrong.
The horrid calls, in no specific order of putrid:
1. In the Steelers-Jets game, Ike Taylor was called for a pass interference penalty against Santonio Holmes. Holmes wasn't touched. Ryan Clark was called for penalty on totally legal hit.
2. Offensive pass interference call on Baltimore's Jacoby Jones. Ridiculously bad.
3. A no-call on Golden Tate hitting Sean Lee with a crackback block. On the same play, a phantom roughing call on quarterback Russell Wilson. Replacement two-fer.