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Replacement refs coming?


Replacement refs coming?

Just in case anyone out there misses the labor strife that marked the NFLs last off-season, here comes another one, between the league and its officials.

USA Today reported that the NFL likely will start the season with replacement referees, citing a person with knowledge of the negotiations between the league and the NFL Referees Association.

"I will be very surprised if there are not games played with scabs or replacement officials," the source told USA Today.

At issue are proposed changes to the officials pension plan. The NFL contends the refs would end up better off with the new plan. An NFL spokesman said Tuesdays labor talks ended when the union "made a pension proposal that was entirely inconsistent with what they agreed to at the last session with the mediators.''

Under the proposal on the table, the NFL said, first-year officials, who average 78,000 in salary, would make over 165,000 by the last year of the deal in 2018. Remember, officiating isn't a full-time job.

Should fans care? Absolutely.

Because officials in BCS conferences are tied to NFL officials, replacements wouldnt come from their ranks. Instead, they would be from non-BCS leagues, retired referees and indoor football, ESPN.com reported. So the NFL wouldnt even be getting the next highest level of officiating.

Therefore, not only would we see more questionable calls, but there is also the potential impact on player safety, such a huge emphasis by the NFL right now. Officiating is a large component of avoiding the dangerous plays that the league wants to outlaw. Its unreasonable to assume replacement refs would be as capable of policing these actions as the regular refs.

Plus, wouldnt you miss seeing Ed Hochuli show off his biceps?

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WATCH: Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins arrive at Heathrow Airport

WATCH: Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins arrive at Heathrow Airport

Wearing matching team sweatsuits — as well as matching looks of weariness — the Redskins landed at Heathrow Airport on Friday around 9 a.m. local time and were greeted by eager fans looking to get a rare glimpse of their visiting favorite NFL team.

Scot McCloughan, DeSean Jackson and Chris Baker were seen striding through the jetway after the group's plane arrived. Inside of the terminal, Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins and Josh Norman posed for selfies and signed some autographs for a handful of supporters donning Burgundy and Gold. 

To see all of CSN's footage of Washington's first steps in London, watch the video in the player above.


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A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all time

There are 14,400 six-second increments in every day, which means a single six-second increment is usually not all that important. That all changed in January 2013, however, when Vine launched and turned any six second window into a place of endless possibilities. 

Sadly, on Thursday, Twitter announced that it was going to discontinue Vine, and the app was going to fade away in the near future. Vine's website will be kept online, but that shouldn't be taken as any sort of good news; once the app goes away, so, too, does the chance to create new material.

As our form of tribute to what's become a social media staple, here are the 10 best Vines CSNMA has captured in the past few years. Feel free to play this song as you begin watching to truly enhance the somber mood. 

10) If every state had an official Vine, like they do flags and mottos and birds, this would be Pennsylvania's state Vine:

9) When you have a goal, you have to give 110 percent to accomplish that goal. You have to fight for it, sacrifice for it and do anything to complete it. It should be all that you think about, from the second you wake up in the morning to the moment you close your eyes at night.

But, if you get tired after a few seconds, it's OK to move on:

8) Most bosses would terminate you the instant you gave them a purple nurple. Jay Gruden isn't most bosses.

7) Vine became really relevant about four years ago and lived a bright and intense life, but it looks like it's going to disappear far too soon.

Sounds a lot like this former Redskins quarterback:

6) Stephen A. Smith would disagree with the inclusion of this Vine:

5) When the Running Man phenomenon swept the nation a few months ago, a lot of people did the dance really well. Then you have these two:

4) Is it too late to get Alex Ovechkin on the presidential ticket? 

3) It takes a special person to essentially turn Bryce Harper into a muscular medal rack:

2) It should be a law that anyone who wants to play hockey must first view this Vine before deciding whether to actually pursue the sport:

1) CSNMA's Vine account has roughly 65 million views. This clip, which is the living embodiment of the phrase, "Right place, right time," has 45 million of those views. Kirk Cousins is to CSNMA's Vine views what Justin Bieber is to YouTube's video views:

Farewell, old friend.