The news this week has been focusing on the National Football League (NFL). They're having a referee strike right now, so they had to hire a bunch of replacement referees. Football fans are very upset about this, because they think the replacement refs are idiots who don't know how to do their job.
Football fans say the exact same thing about the real referees, so I'm not sure what the difference is.
The biggest football problem was Monday's game. I saw the last 48 seconds of the game (which took five minutes). At the very end of the game, two players caught the ball at the same time. Ref #1 said the second guy caught it, while Ref #2 said the first guy caught it. And then Facebook exploded with nasty comments.
So now the NFL wants to get the real referees back, and the official vote to do so is tomorrow. The plan they're voting on will last eight years, at which point, the maximum salary a ref can get is $205,000 a year ($50,000 more than they can get now). At this point, the refs will probably have another strike, because they feel the salaries for their part-time jobs are way too low.
Either way, add replacement referee to my list of dream jobs. As a sports referee, you'd get paid to go all over the country to different places. And since you're only the back-up ref, 99% of the time, you don't actually have to work. I'm sure it would be tough dealing with that strike-worthy low salary, but I'd find a way to get by.