Last week the local boys took one on the chin. In the closing seconds of their contest against the Raiders, the Chiefs surrendered a touchdown. The point after was good and now they sit with two consecutive defeats.
The next day some fans and the Social Media Football Coaches blamed the officials. This has always been a pet peeve of mine. The Zebras are an easy target. Most of the time blaming the officials is taking the easy route. It's just so lame.
This game and the blaming did resurrect something I've thought for many years.
Why don't the officials have to meet baseline physical performance tests or go to an officials combine?
I'm sure they have their physician sign off on a resting EKG and cough to prove they don't have a hernia, but these professionals are ask to run and see things happening literally in the blink of an eye.
Only a few of the officials you see on the field during the NFL season are full time. The rest are bankers or business owners and if you see what I am seeing, their glory days are in the rearview mirror.
Players condition year round and the better coaches do the same. So why not hold the officials to the same expectation? Everyone involved deserves only the best officials available and that can only happen with baseline physical fitness standards.