Monday night football was a great example of what happens when amateurs are expected to be professionals and are placed in situations where they are not fully qualified.
The temporary referees have been involved with the sport for some time, but the speed and thrust of professional football is significantly different than college football. If that were not so, then major stars in college would continue to be stars in professional football and that does not always happen.
The final play of the game between Seattle and Green Bay ended up in the end zone. Atlanta was trailing and needed a touchdown in order to win. A long pass ended in the end zone where two Seattle players and about five green bay players went up for a high pass. It appeared that one of the Green Bay players had the ball and a Seattle player had a hand on the same ball. One of the referees called it a touchdown while another referee called for time to be stopped. Instant replay was shown numerous times and it seemed that green bay had intercepted, but the referees ruled a touchdown for Seattle and as a result, Seattle won the game.
Bad calls by these temporary referees have plagued the sport from the beginning of the season. The regular referees and team owners are at odds because of money differences and so we have the temps standing in until a settlement is agreed. There are times when amateurs defeat professionals in sports, business, and in war, but they are the exceptions. Typically the individual or organization that has the proper training, experience, motivation, and determination wins.
Losing a ball game can be disheartening, but as a nation, we are facing a more serious challenge. Our nation is in peril and the current leadership does not seem to fully appreciate that peril or know how to deal with it.
When one looks at the background of the people in the administration, it is obvious that the only background that they have is in government and education. Less than ten percent have ever done anything other than teach or be in a government position. They really do not appreciate how the real world works.
Theory is great and one should be knowledgeable of it, but it is not the be all and end all. This administration seems to think that being nice to potential or real enemies is the key ingredient for accomplishing favorable results. The real world does not work that way.
In the military, we constantly stress planning, strategy, and techniques but the key element is always leadership and the ability to adjust to the situation when operations do not go as planned. The more professional one is and the more experience, the better the opportunity to adjust and make the best decisions.
As an example, the plan to get Osama Bin Laden went bad from the get go, but the team was so professional and so well trained that the Seals adjusted and did not miss a step. A less qualified team would have failed.
At the national level, the presidential team has had nearly four years and it has failed to move the country in the proper direction. All of the key elements describing the economy are in the wrong direction.
Unemployment, poverty, food stamps, home values, and energy costs are worse than four years ago. Our embassies have been under assault and four of our people were killed in Libya to include the ambassador.
The Middle East is in turmoil and the policy of being nice seems to have led to negative results. It is obvious that the head of this debacle must be replaced when our citizens go the polling booths on Nov. 6. What was promised has not come to pass unless one thinks that a poorer country is a good thing. It is time for professionals.