NFL referees: Lingerie Football League says NFL using ref it fired
By Houston Mitchell
September 26, 2012
Note to NFL: You know you are in trouble when even the Lingerie Football League is making fun of you.
Mitch Mortaza, commissioner of the LFL (which is exactly what it sounds like: Women in lingerie playing football), took a shot at the NFL on Tuesday when he said one of the NFL's replacement referees had been fired by the Lingerie League a year ago because of incompetence.
Mortaza was speaking specifically of Craig Ochoa, a replacement official hired by the NFL. Ochoa was an official during an NFL preseason game and is on call as an alternate during the regular season.
"It was a bit of a shock to see guys that couldn't officiate in our league were officiating in the NFL," Mortaza told Yahoo Sports.
Mortaza says he fired the entire officiating crew that Ochoa was part of.
"The entire crew was released due to several poorly called games which included missed calls, poor judgment and poor presentation for broadcast. They were hurting our overall broadcast caliber. And if it's opening up our players for potential injury, those things raise red flags here. When either of those two things are compromised, it's time to start thinking about parting ways."
All kidding aside, you're right, Alan. When a young woman has to run around near naked on a football field in front of thousands of spectators to make a living, she can't think very highly of herself. I'm sure it's exciting at first, but it would be pretty empty for most women I know.