Stephen Colbert is very impressed by the NFL's use of replacement referees. As far as the host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central is concerned, the replacements have been a smashing success. No, he doesn't think that the replacements having been correctly administering the rules. But, as he sees it, that's why they are such a tremendous boon to Roger Goodell's NFL.
"TV ratings are at record highs. Sunday night's ratings were up eight percent over a year ago, which means the free market has spoken," Colbert said during a Sport Report segment on Tuesday's episode that was inspired by the mayhem surrounding the decisive touchdown call in the Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Packers on Monday. "That was a great call. Because, apparently, people are tuning in just to see terrible calls. And that was one of the greatest worst calls in football history."
"People love sports disasters. That's why they watch NASCAR ... or the Mets," Colbert added, before suggesting other creative ways for the NFL to "entertainingly ruin the game."
So, have the ongoing officiating snafus made you more or less likely to tune in? Are you rooting for the NFL and the real refs to finalize an agreement or hoping the circus continues?