"The folks on the field during the last three weeks were under unprecedented scrutiny," Goodell said. "Everything they did, every call was magnified. They kept the game going. They worked and they trained hard. They were incredibly focused and dedicated."That's the kind of thing one hears from the student disgruntled with his grade, rarely from the professor.
In the scheme of things, the league's failed experiment with unqualified replacement officials is more accurately described as a bump in the road, compared to some of the idiocies coming out of Washington, D.C.
If the national attention being paid to the league's errors includes a generalization of "I really worked hard" as an inadequate defense of failure to problems of greater import, some good will be done.