Reactions to NFL Bringing Back the Real Refs

5 years ago

It's time to say farewell to the Replacement Refs - the much maligned group of officials who have been botching big calls since the beginning of the NFL season. The league reached an eight-year agreement with the Referees Association on Wednesday night to end the lockout, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the refs will be back on the field starting Thursday night. Hallelujah

The two sides have been engaged in intensive negotiations for weeks but Goodell admitted that the controversial Hail Mary call Monday night may have "pushed the parties further along."

The botched call at the end of Monday night's Seahawks-Packers game triggered more than one million mentions on Twitter and was ranked No. 6 on Facebook's list of most-discussed events of the year. Probably not the kind of attention the league wanted, however.

In fact, following the Monday night officiating debacle that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the visiting Packers, offensive lineman T.J. Lang sent out what would become the most retweeted unsponsored post in Twitter history.

Reactions to the NFL announcement about the return of the refs have been overwhelming positive but varied depending on how invested - emotionally and financially - people are in the game.  Humor seemed to rule the Twitterverse.

Here's what Dr. Ruth had to say:

 

Wide Receiver Torrey Smith tweeted:

 

 

And the Celtics' Derek Robinson:

 

 

Plenty of mockumentaries and in memoriam videos also popped up on YouTube:

 

Are you happy with the decision? With the refs back, what will fans have to talk about now on social media?

@jschonb
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