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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Western Editorial Sampler: Replacement refs. Oh, the humanity!

Bring back refs: NFL is harming its product — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Bring them back. For the sake of the game, please, National Football League owners, settle your labor dispute with the officiating crews and bring them back to the field.

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If you don’t, the NFL season won’t have much meaning. Another weekend like the one just concluded and fans will decide that bad calls are just as likely to determine the outcome of games as the play of the teams. The replacement officials just aren’t cutting it. For the integrity of professional football, that’s not good. ...

Class warfare comes to Monday Night Football — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

We interrupt the presidential campaign, every other political campaign, the looming "fiscal cliff," Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the rollout of the iPhone5 to note that on Tuesday, the biggest story in America was that the Green Bay Packers lost a "Monday Night Football" game to the Seattle Seahawks because a replacement official blew a call.

Oh, the humanity. ...

Mad at NFL referees for call in Packers-Seahawks game? Here’s how to show it — Kevin Modesti | Los Angeles Daily News

... If you’re really angry about these refereeing mistakes, and you want to scare the NFL into settling its beef with the real officials, here’s how to show it: Stop talking about pro football until the labor dispute is settled. Stop Tweeting about it and listening to radio shows that flog it. Stop watching the games. ...

Throwing a penalty flag on football as an election escape — David Sarasohn | The Oregonian

... Monday night, many of us parked ourselves on the couch for a brief escape, to watch a football game that ended up collapsing into incoherence -- because of budgets, pensions and benefits. It was like watching all of Florida 2000 in two minutes in one end zone. ...

NFL must replace replacement refs — San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

NFL greed shafts referees and fans — Prescott Daily Courier Editorial

... So the big guy is squeezing the little guy, simply because he can. ...



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