After the bad publicity from that, Jeter tried to hire the four men back, but at a much reduced rate. They all declined.
New Mexico State, meanwhile, hasn’t bowled since 1960 and is breaking the nation’s longest postseason drought. No assignment, even to the least prestigious bowl out there, would be a disappointment to the Aggies.
Arians feels there would be greater uniformity in rules enforcement if more than 17 percent of NFL officials (21 of 134) were working on a full-time basis. The league began hiring full-time officials this season with plans to grow the ranks in future years.
Asked why he believes having full-time officials would result in better game-day performances, Arians said, “They’d be held more accountable, first of all. Right now they’re accountable to their union. There are no ramifications (for), ‘Hey, I made a bad call. My bad.’ If they were full time and under the league umbrella, that would be totally different.”
Like Morris, he was asked to keep the news under his hat at first, so he avoided his traveling companions, who included big league managers Bruce Bochy, Bud Black, Rich Renteria and Brad Ausmus, as well as former Padre Trevor Hoffman. Finally, as he approached the baggage claim area, time was up and he was able to share the excitement.
If there’s a game the Seahawks could most afford to lose, it’s the Week 17 finale against the Cardinals. That would still give them the tiebreaker over the Cowboys after eliminating them from consideration head-to-head in Week 16. The Falcons could easily lose two with what’s left (at Buccaneers, at Saints, vs. Panthers) and the Packers just need to lose once (at Panthers, vs. Vikings, at Lions) with an even tougher slate.