NFL Ends Lockout of Referees

NFL refs will be back for tonight's game.

After the replacement refs call on the final play of Monday Night Football, it is amazing how fast the NFL and referees came to an agreement.  Just after midnight, an 8-year agreement was reached between the NFL and the locked out refs.  They will be back officiating as early as tonight's game.

I don't agree with ESPN running a story titled "Heroes' Welcome."  It is still just guys getting paid around $7,500 per game with an annual salary of $150.000 to referee a football game.  I would doubt there are many of our police, fire or military personnel making that much for six-months of work. 

Just because they are back don't expect perfection. The refs have had no pre-season games as warm ups.  They will come out a little rusty but the speed of the game will pick up with the refs not taking as much time to make their calls.

I will overlook the bad calls this weekend because I am just glad to have them back.  It will be nice to watch a game without it be about the replacement refs.  I can guarantee by next week fans will be back to their cat calls "you're blind," "get your eyes checked" or "go back to Foot Locker."

A bad call will go back to just being a bad call and not because it was made by a replacement ref.  Welcome back referees, I am glad the NFL can get back to normal.  Go Seahawks!

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Brent Champaco September 27, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Absolutely agree, Debbie. On KJR, they were talking about how the refs will probably make a mistake in the first quarter of tonight's game. It wouldn't surprise me. It's just the nature of the job, as well as human nature. It will be interesting to see fans' reaction when those regular refs do make a bad call. I'm just glad they're back. Go Hawks!
Fred Jacobsen September 28, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Not a bad paycheck for half a year. I assume that those refs that work the playoff games and extended season get more?


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