What NFL Replacement Refs Show About Leadership Confidence

What NFL Replacement Refs Show About Leadership Confidence

NFL replacement referee Jim Winterberg makes a call in a preseason game.
NFL replacement referee Jim Winterberg makes a call in a preseason game. Gene J. Puskar/AP

So, here’s an out-there prediction for you. The current labor dispute between the NFL and its officials is going to end soon after a melee breaks out during a game that the replacement refs failed to control. Of course, I hope things don’t actually go that way, but I wouldn’t be surprised. As anyone who has watched a game in the last week knows (Broncos at Falcons on Monday night would be an excellent example), the replacement refs are out of their depth on many fronts. (Should the NFL even stage games with replacement officials is a whole other legitimate question.)

Knowing the rules and rhythms of the pro game are a couple of obvious areas of deficiency for the replacements. What’s more dangerous, though, is the lack of confidence and command presence they demonstrate during the games. The coaches and players are getting more and more abusive toward the officials and tempers appear to be approaching the boiling point. Continue reading “What NFL Replacement Refs Show About Leadership Confidence”

Union-Made Date Night Ideas


09/08/2012; Jackie Tortora

Don't forget to pick up some union-made ice cream for your date night.

If you’ve been glued to the couch all week watching the Democratic National Convention and the NFL season‘s kickoff, you’re probably itching to get out of the house for a little bit. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, have compiled a handy list for union date night.


  • Excelled Sheepskin & Leather Coat Corp.
  • Kenneth Gordon
  • Joseph Abboud
  • Ben Davis
  • Bosca Accessories
  • Jack Victor Ltd.
  • Jones New York
  • Schott N.Y.C.
  • Union Jean Company


And when you come home after you go out, don’t forget union-made dessert:


Check out the printable Union Date Night list. 

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