NFL Referee Lockout: Twitter Celebrates the End of Officials Labor Dispute

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NFL Referee Lockout: Twitter Celebrates the End of Officials Labor Dispute

The NFL and the NFL Referees Association have officially come to terms and the lockout that led to the use of replacement officials is now over, according to Albert Breer of

The NFL has taken heavy criticism since a controversial call ended the most recent Monday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. 

The replacement officials ruled that Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate came down with a last-second Hail Mary touchdown, when the overwhelming majority of fans, pundits, players and coaches believe that Packers safety M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass. 

This was a blown call that directly affected the outcome of the game, and the subsequent outcry appears to have finally brought the end of the referee lockout.

Just as it did when Tate was gifted the touchdown, Twitter exploded with the news of the real referees' return. Here are some of the highlights. 

Jason La Canfora of broke the news on Wednesday:

Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer hit us with the details: 

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay wanted to make sure that the fans knew he was listening. Fans have been talking and being ignored for months now, but at least we can take solace in knowing that Irsay will hear us when we scream.

The Faux John Madden account is always entertaining, and it brought us this piece of fake news that sums up the feelings fans have toward the replacement refs.

USA Today Media Group's James Christensen noted that Ed Hochuli is getting in a few last-minute workouts to ensure that he fills out his referee shirt just as well as he did prior to the lockout. reporer Jimmy Traina took a moment to poke fun at the NFL front office.

NFL Network reporter Albert Breer brought us two interesting tweets, starting with this one.

Breer followed that with the news everyone wants to hear.

Glazer followed up his earlier tweet with some more information regarding the details.

In case you were wondering as well, ESPN's Andrew Brandt answers a question.

Let's take a break from the serious stuff. Faux John Madden is entertaining, and Not Bill Walton is never far behind. Check this out.

Bleacher Report's Ryan Rudnansky got in on it as well, asking an all-important question. reporter David Aldridge pondered the image everyone had in their head. Admit it.

NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington makes us believe that Ed Hochuli knows exactly what the NFL world is secretly thinking.

Awful Announcing, another highly entertaining parody account, asks the question on everyone's mind.

How about some sympathy for the replacement refs? There isn't much to be found, but Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller threw them some kind words.

FOX Sports Radio host Peter Burns echoed Spiller's sentiments.

Tulane Law School professor Gabe Feldman speaks to the saddest part of this entire ordeal.

While getting Hochuli a referee jersey that isn't three sizes too small speak to Irsay's desire to "improve officiating overall," fans will be thrilled to have the real refs back nonetheless. 

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