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Riflagulous [re-flag-u-luss}

Adjective - describes the unfairness of certain calls made by flag-happy referees during a game. Some of these penalties cannot be contested by instant replay.

By Lamar WigginsPublished 28 days ago 1 min read
Riflagulous [re-flag-u-luss}
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

The rules governing American Football, are not without flaws... Thanks to the ineptitude of the officiating staff, fans are forced into uncivilized behaviors, like yelling at the TV or littering the field with useless garbage when objecting a flagrant call. Take the following scene for example...


Illegal use of language, #85! Fifteen-yard penalty, automatic first down!

Al Michaels

This is an unbelievable blow to the Patriots who are hoping to clinch the division with a win today. This puts the Lions well into field goal range.

Fran Tarkenton

Yeah... The refs are being absolutely brutal! I'm not sure they can even make that call!


Sounds like the crowd agrees with you. Listen to all the booing. I've never seen Bill Belichick this angry before. He's nose to nose with the head official.


OH MY GOD! Another flag just hit the turf near the Patriot's sideline. Let's see what this one is for…


After further review, 5 yards will be added to the previous penalty for encroachment by the Patriot's head coach. 1st down, Lions.


Man! I think the patriots better just accept the unfortunate call and move on.


You're right! But something needs to be done about these riflagulous refs. Look at them over there!

Ref to Refs

Did you see the look on Bill's face when I smashed 5 yards at him for calling us a bunch of incorrigible rats. It's priceless moments like these that gets me going in the morning.

Damn refs- Bing AI

A/N: The written expressions in this short do not reflect the actual opinions of the characters. The refs on the other hand can bite it.


About the Creator

Lamar Wiggins

Creative writer in the Northeast US who loves the paranormal, fiction, mystery, articles and the occasional poem. Take a chance, you'll be thoroughly entertained.

"Life is Love Experienced" -LW


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  • ROCK14 days ago

    Quite a tongue twister and humorous to boot! Good work 👏👏

  • Kristen Balyeat16 days ago

    haha! That ending!!!! This is hilarious, Lamar!

  • JBaz26 days ago

    Love your final thoughts... Yeah I am that guy who yells at the tv for a penalty that is should not be called.

  • I know nothing about sports so I didn't really understand your story but it did seem funny to me. I'm so sorry if it wasn't supposed to be funny 😅

  • By & large they do a great job. But even the best have their moments.

  • Tiffany Gordon 28 days ago

  • Hannah Moore28 days ago

    This message is largely double Dutch to me!

  • Mark Gagnon28 days ago

    With the season the Patriots are having this year a call like that wouldn’t surprise me. Maybe next year?

  • Great word Lamar and loved the way the story played out - but still don't understand the first thing about American Football, except what John Wayne said about it being born out of a breaking of the rules. Well done

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