Look Who Suddenly Supports Labor Now That Scabs Are Messing With Football (Hint: It Is Scott Walker)

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scott walker, union buster and football fan Oh LOOK who is suddenly on the side of organized labor, now that a bunch of scab refs are messing with his precious football? (Hint: it is Scott Walker, the union-busting asshole of a governor from Wisconsin.)

For those of you who do not follow football, the NFL has been using scab referees for the past three weeks after contract negotiations with the refs’ union broke down. The league wants to replace refs’ defined-benefit pensions with riskier (and stingier) 401(k)s. The referees, however, argue that the NFL hauls in $9 billion per year and can afford to provide the pension plans that the refs have enjoyed since the 1970s.

Then, on Monday night, the Green Bay Packers (who, as the name suggests, are from Green Bay, Wisconsin) lost to the Seattle Seahawks after these scab referees made a questionable call that was later found to be unsupported by video evidence. [Editrix's note: "Found to unsupported by evidence" is Kris E. Benson's way of saying "was the worst call since that one in the Raiders playoff game that said dude's touchdown was incomplete after he landed on his back in the endzone with the ball on his chest." Yeah, you remember that call.]

Governor Walker’s response, of course, was to applaud the NFL for engaging in cost-cutting measures and sensible, bipartisan solutions to our shared challenges. NO, just kidding, he took to Twitter to demand that the NFL bring back the “real refs.”

Scott Walker Twitter

After Governor Walker’s own union-busting law went into effect, union workers were replaced with prison labor. But that’s different; THOSE unions were representing a bunch of broads who teach our nation’s children; THESE unions have something to do with football.

Oh and also, Scott Walker says that this has nothing to do with unions, just with refs (who, by the way, are amateurs and scabs) making bad calls. And this is how people like Scott Walker resolve a little problem known as “cognitive dissonance.”

[ThinkProgress]

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224 comments

    1. dadanarchistmk2

      Since Not-the-Cool-Scott-Walker will be running for reelection, poorly educated kids is, in his mind, good for the "state's well-being."

      1. actor212

        "Coach Brown! What am I offered for an offensive pass interference call? I'm sorry, but Coach Green over there offered me his house for an incomplete pass!"

    1. KeepFnThatChicken

      Yep! Bear Stearns, Countrywide, Lehman Brothers. All their execs got penalized 15 yards for holding.

    1. chicken_thief

      I could give a fuck what Scott thinks about anything. Why do all those guys – Walker, Rick Scott, Eric Cunt/or, et al all look so schmarmy?

    1. KeepFnThatChicken

      Thank you! I used to watch the game, and then I realized how much it costs to drive to a stadium to enjoy it in person. I discovered it was painfully clear that only Republicans could afford to go.

      And that was my my goodbye to football.

      1. Terry

        Not only drive to the game, but buy the ticket, pay to park, and heaven forbid if you want something to eat or drink.

      2. BaldarTFlagass

        It's better at home anyway. Climate controlled, TV cameras give you a much better view, beer is much cheaper, bathroom is a lot closer, you don't have a bunch of screaming idiots around you, and if the game sucks you can change the channel and you haven't blown a couple of hundos.

        1. Geminisunmars

          But you don't get to sweat or freeze, have beer spilled down your back, or experience any hearing loss. Don't you want to have fun?

    2. Callyson

      Trust me, those of us who *do* care about football are supporting the ref's union too. The people who run the NFL are assholes.

  1. BaldarTFlagass

    As a person who usually roots for the underdog when my team isn't playing, I was hoping that Seattle would beat the Packers, but I certainly didn't like seeing it happen that way. But now that I know that the loss has caused personal anguish to Mr Walker, I am delighted!

  2. MissTaken

    Real Question for you football fans:

    Why doesn't the players union refuse to play until the refs get a satisfactory deal? Couldn't they stand with their union brothers against scabs while also protecting their playing stats and records against bonehead calls?

    1. actor212

      Article 3 Sec 1 of the players agreement prohibits strikes.

      This was instituted two lockouts ago when the NFLPA folded like a cheap card table.

      They could go out under unsafe working conditions, as per Federal labor law (which supersedes agreements like this)

      1. BartStarrland

        "Unsafe" meaning their heads may fly off at a brisker pace than usual should one of these replacements miss a call.

        1. actor212

          There's some evidence out there that football viewership is declining because so many players are getting severely injured.

          I caught some of the Jets game Sunday…I mean, how could I miss it? It lasted nearly as long as the Iraq war!…and on three consecutive plays, I counted four helmets flying off heads.

          At least I hope the heads weren't still attached to the helmets…

        2. hagajim

          The Houston QB lost a part of his ear this week after getting blasted by a Denver lineman. They did call a penalty – which they actually got wrong because he hit the QB in the chest with his shoulder, not in the head with his helmet…but whatever, an earlobe was ripped off anyway.

          1. UnholyMoses

            The NFL disagrees that it wasn't a hit to the head.

            Also, too: There's some deal with the newer helmets that makes players have them on a bit looser than the old ones. Not sure what it is, but in both the NFL and college, helmets are coming off at a record pace.

            It's weird.

        1. Negropolis

          The owners should have to play against the players, even. Nothing would make me happier than seeing Jerry Jones take a helmut to the gut…with votes, of course.

    2. UnholyMoses

      In addition to what actor posted about the last CBA with the players, there's the fact the refs aren't on strike. They're being locked out.

      Thus, no picket line to cross, etc.

      Well, that and the fact the avg. NFL player makes more in a game than the average family does in two years, so … ya know, mouths to feed, etc.

    3. pdiddycornchips

      NFL players have far shorter careers, earn less, and have inferior pensions when compared with their counterparts in the NBA and MLB. There is no true free agency in the NFL, players who are injured have few protections unlike players in every other major sport. In short, NFL players decided to go Galt. As a result, they are exploited by their employers and discarded like yesterday's trash when they are no longer able to compete. Here's a few interesting facts. Did you know the NFL does not provide group health insurance for their players? If you play ten years in the NFL (the average career is less than half of that), you qualify for a full pension that pays a little more than 30k a year. An MLB player with 43 days of big league experience qualifies for a pension of 34k a year. A player with 10 years of big league experience gets almost 300k in pension benefits.The NFL, unlike owners in other sports, cannot claim they are under financial pressure, NFL owners are all in the black. Players who approved this agreement rather than go on strike have no one to blame but themselves.

          1. bobbert

            It's not really GB that owns the team; there are a couple thousand folks who own the vast majority of the shares. Many of them do live in or around Green Bay, but it's not a requirement.

            What is a little different, though, is that the shares cannot be traded. The only way share ownership can change is by bequest or marriage. So it's impossible for the team to ever be sold.

          2. shelwood46

            I'm from Green Bay, and I am a stockholder. There have been four (I think) stock sales. They initially sold stock after a kid fell out of the stands and sued the team, so they went public to raise the money. There was a second sale to raise money for Lambeau Field. People who bought stock in those two sales hold real power. The third and fourth stock sales were to support expansions of Lambeau, but those shares have incredibly diluted value (I bought my $200 share in the third sale). We do get invited to the Annual Meeting, held at Lambeau.

            The team is, indeed, governed by an executive board with an elected president who acts as our "owner" with the League.

            The shares are not transferable except by death. In the event of bankruptcy, the team goes to the local American Legion, per team bylaws. It's really the only way such a small city (100,000) can have a major sports team.

  3. ThundercatHo

    Maybe Scott and Mitt can sit down and talk about situational ethics over an icy cold can of Coca-Cola.

      1. actor212

        I can't figure out how you get fired from a cherry gig like that. I mean, if the league called me in and said "You know, your performance is faulty," man I'd be boning (heh) up on how to make it better.

    1. Lot_49

      Walker'd be an asshole if he were defending the barricades in Paris in 1848. "Wait, does my hair look okay?"

  4. Baconzgood

    Fuck the Packers! Stupid SOB's keeping the Steelers from getting 7 Super bowls. Ass wipe jerk face fuck douche hat mother cunt licker cock suckers.

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          Patriots actually, since the late 1960s. But I used to really hate the Steelers, back in the 1970s. Your rant brought out some suppressed memories. And while I am at it, Fuck the Cowboys too.

          1. Baconzgood

            I can no longer be your friend. WTF? New England isn't even a state and don't get me started on Brady and Bill Belichick. Are you trying to get a rile out of me?

          2. BaldarTFlagass

            Yes, the last decade has been a pretty nice ride. But after suffering as doormats for over 40 years, we'll suffer your Belicheat slings and arrows.
            And Pittsburgh isn't a state either.
            The guy I ride with in my vanpool is a West PA guy too; we get along just fine, although he's a bit of a righty.

          3. Baconzgood

            It's a "state" of mind.
            I just don't like the Pats because they owned us in the AFC Championship for years. So heart breaking.

          4. Baconzgood

            I told a co-worker from Cleveland that if he ever wants the Browns to have a Vince Lombardi they "can borrow one of ours and pretend for a year. Hell, you guys can even have a parade and everything".

            He didn't like that.

          5. UnholyMoses

            I broke up w/ a SMOKING HAWT chick in college just because she was a Dallas fan.

            Seriously. It never woulda worked.

      1. Callyson

        *We* need 7 Super Bowl rings! Remember, we have no NBA team, our baseball team is the Pirates, and the fucking NHL lockout might stop our Penguins.

        Also–GO STEELERS!

        1. emmelemm

          Uh, Seattle would like a word. We have no NBA team, our baseball team is the Mariners, and we have 0 (zero) Super Bowl rings.

          However, we'd prefer our success not be a result of ridiculously stupid calls.

          1. BaldarTFlagass

            I was overseas when they played their Super Bowl, but didn't they get jobbed by the refs in that one?

          2. emmelemm

            That's the only consolation Seattle fans are taking in this miscarriage of justice that randomly came down in our favor – we got TOTALLY FUCKING JOBBED in the one and only Super Bowl we were party to.

            /not even a huge football fan, just a life-long Seattleite

          3. emmelemm

            Oooh. Now you and I are in a fight.

            (Not really, I give about eleventy less shits about basketball than I do about football.)

          4. OneDollarJuana

            Speaking of Seattle, I just figured out last night what Chris Hansen's plan is. He is actively buying up lots of property in the SODO area, property "unrelated" to his stadium expansion plan that he is foisting over on us. So, the stadium deal goes through (it'll be a cold day in hell before the little boys in Seattle and King County govt. let this new toy go), land prices in SODO skyrocket, Mr. Hansen sells those "unrelated" properties and then gets out of his stadium contract. He didn't get rich by being stupid.

    1. memzilla

      Baconz, your new jerb (which, congrats) is making you unusually restrained. Tell us, what do you really think about the Packers?

      1. Baconzgood

        I haven't started the new jerb yet. It's in mid Cocktober that I start it so I can let the explatives fly till then.

    2. bobbert

      I've been trying to think of a cogent and snark-filled reply, but I'm afraid I'll just have to settle for

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    3. Negropolis

      Please don't make me stop liking the Steelers. I want to continue to like them, and like the Packers just the same. Two of the hardest-working programs in football. So, just put the crakpipe down for a second and nobody gets hurt (further)…

  5. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I don't follow the footballs, but from what I've heard from coworkers, it seems that even Seahawks fans are fed up.

    1. weejee

      Si, the Seattle PI ran a poll in the Seattle on Tuesday morn and the winning opinion on the question Did the Seahawks come down with that game-winning touchdown was "No way! This is football blasphemy! Screw the refs! The Packers should have won!" which got 5,030 votes (67%).

    1. Lot_49

      Are you saying that watching steroid-fueled mutants batter each other isn't the highest artistic or intellectual achievement to which a nation may aspire?

    1. SmutBoffin

      After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab.

      A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue.

      Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles.

      When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and angels weep in heaven, and the devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out.

      No man (or woman) has a right to scab so long as there is a pool of water to drown his carcass in, or a rope long enough to hang his body with.

      Judas was a gentleman compared with a scab. For betraying his master, he had character enough to hang himself. A scab has not.

      Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.

      Judas sold his Savior for thirty pieces of silver.

      Benedict Arnold sold his country for a promise of a commision in the british army.

      The scab sells his birthright, country, his wife, his children and his fellowmen for an unfulfilled promise from his employer.

      Esau was a traitor to himself; Judas was a traitor to his God; Benedict Arnold was a traitor to his country.

      A scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class.

      Jack London

      1. EatsBabyDingos

        Dang, I was gonna go with a booger joke, but that beats all. And maybe a foot-to-Scott's-balls comment.

  6. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I'm glad we're finally starting to talk about THE REAL PROBLEMS that we as a nation are facing!!

  7. SayItWithWookies

    Support the referees' union? Check. Can't stand the NFL for locking out the professionals who know what they're doing? Check. Watch the game anyway? Oh — haha — talk about cognitive dissonance there. At least now you know what you're missing — the egregious result of greed. Now next Sunday go outside and enjoy some fresh air, for fuck's sake.

    1. chicken_thief

      When not indoors watching football on the tube, Scott has his head so far up Koch ass that he never gets any fresh air.

  8. Boojum

    Maybe the players should show some solidarity and bump into the scabs. And by "bump into" I mean forearm across the back of the neck.

    With pensions, of course.

  9. BloviateMe

    As a lifelong Vikings fan, I thought the Packers losing in this fashion to be about the tastiest dish I've had in years. Packer tears are just, well, the best.

    1. Callyson

      Can't resist offering my take on your question anyway…

      Greedy owners go in, crappy games come out. You *can* explain it.

      Assholes.

  10. Estproph

    Ask the average teabilly about refs making 6 figures for part-time work, and they'll complain that the refs are greedy and don't deserve it, and man wouldn't it be great to get a job that paid that much for doing nothing, etc. etc. These same people will then complain when anyone talks about Romney only paying 13% taxes on his millions that it is all just jealousy.

    1. Queer4Christ

      You do realize that teabillies have the extraordinary ability to keep two logically opposing facts in their minds at the same time?

  11. midnighttoker69

    It really was a terrible call. Everybody football fan in the world, except maybe some in Seattle, clearly saw that as an interception, but two guys standing right next to where it happened had no clue. I would love to see the NFL players strike in support of their union brothers … the games are crap anyway … but I suppose there is too much money involved for that to happen.

  12. BloviateMe

    For those of you who caught the game/play in question, one of the funnier comments I read about it was "apparently in Seattle, it's now legal to adopt a baby by grabbing a pregnant woman's stomach and falling to the ground."

  13. pdiddycornchips

    The game was ugly, the refs made shitty calls all game long and some of those calls helped the Packers. That said, Aaron Rogers has been sacked 17 times in three games.
    Face it Scotty, your team sucks

  14. rickmaci

    If a team lets the difference between victory and defeat be one call by a bunch of insurance salesmen who moonlight as referees, union or non union, they deserve the bad outcome. Packers and their fans are nothing but whiners and have been for decades.

    1. actor212

      But….but….but! Any Given Sunday! Or Monday night! Or Thursday night! Or Saturdays in late December/early January! Or the rare Friday night after high school football seaason is over!

  15. fartknocker

    Scott Walker is a lot like Mitt Romney: He changes his mind about unions when it best fits his needs. Typical GOP goat fucker.

  16. poorgradstudent

    I know I'm biased because I was never good at throwing-balls related sports growing up because I had no depth deception and imbalanced legs, but seriously fuck this culture's obsession with running and throwing balls. This pisses me off more than the fact that Congress had congressional hearings on fuckin' baseball.

    1. Esteev

      He's a parody of himself now.

      Bill's just mad because he couldn't climb the wall of an embassy even if he wanted.

  17. KeepFnThatChicken

    Y'know, I just remembered something unusual about the Packers. According to Wikipedia:

    The Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States.

    NON-profit and owned by the goddamn taxpayers. There's your cognitive dissonance!

    1. actor212

      Yes but…

      Green Bay is the only team with this form of ownership structure in the NFL; such ownership is in direct violation of current league rules, which stipulate a limit of 32 owners of one team and one of those owners having a minimum 30% stake

      Fuck you, NFL. Just fuck you.

  18. chicken_thief

    Doesn't the city of Green Bay own the team as well? So Scott "El Douche" lerves him some union workers working at a community owned team game?!

    How Saul Alinsky Karl Marx-y of him.

      1. Jerri

        Not just Green Bay. Anybody (I think?) can buy stock when it's available. The money I'd have preferred to put in savings or buy food with is now hanging on my wall in Non-Green Bay, Wisconsin in the form of a handsomely framed Packers stock certificate. But my husband got to realize a dream, so I suppose it balances out. (Really! He's a total football nerd so good for him.)

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          There are some weird rules about how shares are passed around – you have to give them away, or pass them to your heirs. Basically, there's no outright buying and selling; the idea is to prevent the Mitt Romneys of the world from buying their way into ownership and control of the team.

          1. Jerri

            Right exactly. But when the team makes stock available as they did this past year to help fund some stadium improvements, then anyone in the US can purchase some. That's how my husband got his. Now, I dont think he can sell it, but he wouldn't anyway.

  19. SmutBoffin

    This is just like the time during that one mathletics competition where some jumped-up accountant ref was all like "Noooo, you can't use complex integration; real analysis only!" and I was all like "It's easier and I know Cauchy's residue theorem like I know your mom!" and I got flagged.

  20. Peckerwood_Pete

    OMG… stop the FUCKING presses!! A politician with DOUBLE STANDARDS!!!

    On a side note… FUCK the Greenbay Fudge Packers… GO VIKINGS!

  21. CommieLibunatic

    When I get ganked by some shi-tstain rogue 30 levels higher in World of Warcraft, everyone and their dog tells me "Its just a game learn to play shut up." When something goes wrong in football, HOLY FUCK NATIONAL CRISIS.

    So to all of you, especially Scott Walker: IT'S JUST A GODDAMN GAME SHUT UP.

  22. OneDollarJuana

    Great minds think alike. And great minds think that Scott Walker and his ilk are hypocrites of the first degree.

      1. shelwood46

        Oddly, Wisconsin has never had an ex-Packer as Governor. However, back in the '80s they did elect Anthony Earl, whose election every was pretty sure was solely due to the fact that he was listed on the ballot as Earl, Anthony, which was the name of a famous professional bowler.

  23. Jerri

    I was sound asleep in my bed when it happened and, despite being unconscious and a casual (at best) football fan, I could have called it better than those knobs!

    I know this because since I live in Wisconsin, I have seen this clip replayed approximately 72 million times over the past 2 days and it is now effectively seared into my brain for all time. It will be part of the montage when my life flashes before my eyes whether I like it or not. It is our "back, and to the left," apparently.

  24. Steverino247

    OK, as someone involved with football at multiple levels, let me say that it's a lot harder than it looks. The regular NFL officials, of whom I know five personally, work very hard to get to that level and to stay at that level. Those that I've have the pleasure of working with in the past were so obviously good at it that when they made each move up the ladder there was no surprise to anyone. The replacements (and I think I know two of them) are getting a dream shot here and some are not rising to the occasion. The two I know did not work that game and would not fuck up a call like that ever, so I'm wondering where the hell the NFL got those two guys. You always look at the other guy and communicate what you've got before going up with the signals, even in youth football.

    Anyhow, I don't want anyone hurt out there, want the regulars back to work (not all of whom are part-time insurance agents–one I know currently has ZERO income due to this) and hope we can all develop an appreciation for how hard it is to get those calls right so often nobody notices.

    1. BartStarrland

      I live in Wisconsin and am among a small contingent who are not entirely adamant that the call was blown. [Ducks, looks around for sniper fire]

    2. shelwood46

      Part (most) of the problem is that when they went out to get replacements, they couldn't go to the natural pool. Normally, the regular officials get in by working their way up through to Division 1 (and they have to have 10 years experience). The refs most qualified to work the NFL who aren't, the ones now in Division I, weren't going to give that up for a temporary gig that could also (almost certainly) get them blackballed from ever becoming a real NFL official. So the scabs are guys who were working Division III, or Europe, or even high school or Lingerie Football. They don't have the long years of experience. They just aren't qualified (maybe a few, but not most).

      1. Steverino247

        Funny, but I don't know anybody who works Lingerie Football. I know guys that work everywhere else, but not there. I may have to apply…

    3. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Those were my sentiments, pretty much: "Hey, cut 'em some slack!" Then they reviewed the play, had a chance to watch what everyone else in the country seems to have also watched, and came to a conclusion that nobody else in the country (outside of the Seattle area) could possibly have come to. At that point, it became official: they're utterly incompetent. Whatever process the NFL used to select these guys (cruising the parking lots of sports bars in a pickup truck?), it was seriously fucked up.

  25. Esteev

    Maybe if we give the owners a tax break and cut the pay for the refs and players we can get this economy season moving again.

    I would be remiss to mention that the NFL is socialist.

  26. rocktonsam

    needs moar Wonkette sports blog.

    cripes

    I live in Scott Walkers Wisconsin and don't pay attention to the Badgers or Packers.

    Saturday and Sunday's, we can get tee times, go to movies, get shopping done while the other are indoors watching football..Just seems like a waste of time to me when we can enjoy the wonderful fall weather in S.W.'s Wisconsin anyway.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      Greenie!! I agree. I'd much rather be doing something with my hands (that is not a joke) than watching someone doing something with their hands (that is not a joke).

      And I love the fall weather too, even in the South.

    2. shelwood46

      I grew up in Green Bay. Things have changed a bit, but back then doing other stuff wasn't an option. The town shut down during game time. For real, the grocery store had a sign up, "Closed Sundays 12-3". You could walk down the middle of Main St or University Ave with no problem. In fact, a few years ago when my parents wanted to move a catamaran they built in their backyard down to the water a few miles away, they did it during a game because they knew they wouldn't be impeding traffic.

  27. pdiddycornchips

    The NFL has another problem they don't like to discuss but it accounts for a lot of their popularity, the gaming industry. Bettors and bookies don't like disputed outcomes or obviously flawed results.

  28. Jus_Wonderin

    GAwD, I hope the Dancing with the Stars judges don't get ideas. I don't think I can stand hearing the wrong calls and scores on my favorite hasbeen "dancers".

  29. carlgt1

    well aren't the Green Bay Packers a socialist bunch of commie pinkos anyway, since they're not owned by a billionaire friend of Mitt Romney etc?

  30. RALitherland

    You think Scott Walker is suffering cognitive dissonance? Wait till you see the fans after the professionals come back. "GODDAMMIT, YOU BLIND COCKSUCKER, THAT WAS THE WORST CALL SINCE … oh." I expect exploding cheeseheads.

  31. Cognitive Dissident

    I think there are a lot of powerful Repubs who review various situations and say: "This is going to draw attention a teachable moment that we DON'T want people to learn from. Its a loser for us. SHUT IT DOWN."

    Memo to Scott Walker: This NFL Ref thing makes the corporate chieftains look bad. Thus a win for Unions. Let's make this go away, stat!

  32. valthemus

    Nothing is important to conservatives unless it directly effects them or their enjoyment of things. Solipsism: The philosophical underpinning of profound assholery.

  33. Negropolis

    Just an aside, but NFL owners are some of the worst people in the world, ever. I mean, worse than (fill in the blank with appropriate hyperbole).

  34. ttommyunger

    I enjoyed playing the game in high school and college, but along the Highway of Life there are passengers, by-standers, pedestrians, hitch-hikers and road kill. In short, if I can't drive, I ain't going. Fuck professional sports and fuck Scott Walker.

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