David Scott, Rick Shavensky, Ronald Castrovinci, Rondell Taylor, Steve Stone, Timothy Griffin, Craig Burd, Brad Hudspeth, Craig Ochoa, Oscar Shorten, David Bernier, Larry Skarpa, John O’Brien, Jeffrey Garvin, Randy Weissenhofer, Joshua Thurow, David White, Mike Hannon, Ed Schmid, Alvin Thomas, Keith Norman, Barry Wilson, Peter Shafer, Bob Shoulders, Carl Madsen, Eugene Cunningham, John Schleyer, Mike Shepherd, Tim Keese, Tom Falcinetti, George Shinkan, Henry Zaborniak, Greg Sweeney, Mark Kelsay, Greg Maxwell, Donovan Briggans, Dennis Angel, Lynn Lawhon, Shannon Eastin, Eric Joe, Paul Caldera, Mike Fischer, Thaddious Foster, Mark Burns, Ted Campbell, Robert Frazer, Lemual Hawkins, Michael Bell, John Vachon, Calvin White, Corey Hendley, Greg Hay, Brian Stropolo, Jerry Frump, Brian Taylor, Bill Etzler, Charles Derrick, Jr., Tony Robinson, Randall Beesley, Larry Orrico, David Clisham, Bobby Jackson, Hugh Douglass, Mark Andrew, Charles Townsend, Bob Powell, Kent Intagliata, Jeff Corley, Robert Dalton, Richard “Matt” Nicks, Darin Stiers, Tony Brasuell, Tony Foster, Arthur Cook, Craig Patrick, Chris Atterberry, Jerry Hughes, John Petrone, Thurman Hardison, Derrick Smith, Jeff Hopf, Martin Peters, Michael Malito, Larry Farina, Kent Roan, Tim Morris, Kevin Akin, Eric Hoffman, Brian Burkhart, Dwayne Strozier, Michael Varner, McKinney Griffin, Jim Core, Glen Bamlet, Noel Strickland, Anthony Stroman, Raymond Dobson, Regan Foster, Tom Wohlleber, Jim Winterberg, Gerald Wright, Steve Sadowski, Thomas Gibson, Michael Wilmoth, George Trout, Guy Trawick, Aaron Schrein, Perry Hudspeth, Bruce Hermansen, Ali Shetula, Rodney Russell, Esteban Garza, Rusty Spindel, Mike Riley, Mark Wetzel, Jerome King, Jeff Otterby, Greg Nowak, Derra Ramsey, Kevin Peloquin, Dave Hale, Wayne Elliot, Marc Harrod, Kevin Stephenson, Joe Clark, Richard Simmons, Lance Easley, Derrick Rhone-Dunn, Paul Layne.
Those are the names of the officials that worked the first week of the preseason.
A few things to consider:
- All of the above people are temporary replacements. They know that as soon as a deal is worked out with the unionized officials, they’re goners, likely never to be heard from again on any high officiating level. In other words, in comparison to “professional” refs, they don’t have a lot to lose.
- In today’s age of information and social media, if you have a name and the most minimal background on somebody, it’s extremely easy to contact them.
- If you were to cluster 130 people of any background, there’s a pretty safe bet that at least a few of them are currently facing financial hardship. Therefore, it’s probably safe to reason that at least of few of the 130 or so above names are also facing some sort of financial hardship, based simply on the number of names.
- If there were an exceedingly large bet placed on… oh… say… Arizona St… it would get the attention of some people. But in the NFL, large bets in Vegas are common on every Sunday.
I’m not Tony Soprano, but if I were involved in organized crime, I would be viewing the above list of names the same way a salesman views a list of companies to cold call.