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The NFL Continues to Win with Replacement Officials

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Matt SteinCorrespondent IISeptember 25, 2012

While millions of people are going to be calling for the real officials to be brought back to work following the debacle on Monday Night Football, the NFL isn't going to care one bit.

They've won and there is nothing that we can do about it.

After Golden Tate blatantly shoved Sam Shields to get into position and M.D. Jennings clearly had a game-winning interception with no time left on the clock, the real officials finally have the ammo they need to make their case.

However, the only problem is that the NFL has no reason to care about the outcome of games. Their main goal is making money and getting people to watch their product, and for the rest of the week every media outlet in the world is going to be talking about the NFL.

The words certainly aren't going to be positive, but they will be words nonetheless. And the best part for the NFL is that every single human being on the planet is going to be tuning in on Week 4 to see what happens. 

Look, in the eyes of the NFL, the replacement officials have added something to the game that players and coaches could never add: complete chaos. Whether our society wants to admit it or not, we are addicted to chaos. We love to watch chaos unfold on the biggest of stages which is why shows like Survivor and Jersey Shore continue to rule television.

The reality is that while fans can talk all they want about not tuning in for Week 4, we'll all be watching to see just how much worse it can get as the season progresses. The NFL can talk all they want about the integrity of the game, but as long as people are in stadium seats and eyes are on the television, the NFL continues to win.

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