At least that’s the spin at the top of this ESPN story about the regular NFL officials getting back to work as of Thursday evening:
The negative backlash from the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks on “Monday Night Football” pressured the NFL into getting this deal done. With President Obama expressing his disappointment with the replacement officiating and poor officiating being the lead story of network news coverage, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to act — and he did.
Gutsy call. Chris Matthews will no doubt be fondling himself over this for the next several weeks. Obama is reported to be pleased, though I don’t know why — there’s now one less thing not related to the lousy domestic economy or the Middle East powder keg with which to try to distract voters.
Take an anti-nausea pill, because I expect a large chunk of the MSM (and select sports outlets) to run with the “Obama saves the NFL” angle all weekend. It beats talking about things that really matter.
(h/t Ace of Spades)