One of my favourite moments of last night's football debacle was this tweet by the folks at EA Sports: "Some calls, only @EAMaddenNFL can make..."
That's one of the nice things about virtual football, isn't it? You don't have to worry about lockouts or labour strikes. And there are no replacement referees to screw up game-changing calls and ruin the integrity of the sport.
But hey, EA does like to keep things realistic. So I sent an e-mail to an EA Sports rep to ask whether they plan to lower the ratings of Madden 13's virtual scab referees, like they might if a player performed that poorly.
"No plans to make any changes to the Madden refs," he said. "Fortunately their contracts exist in perpetuity so there's no worries about any negotiations in the future. :)"
Ahh, to live in Madden world.