NFL fans, the biceps of Ed Hochuli and pro football officials everywhere are finally back.
According to the NFL's official website on Thursday:
The NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed tonight to the terms of a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement that will return the game officials to the field for this weekend's games, beginning with Thursday night's Cleveland at Baltimore game.
Commissioner Goodell temporarily lifted the lockout so that the officials can work Thursday night's Cleveland at Baltimore game prior to their ratification vote. The officials will meet Friday and Saturday to vote on the agreement. If it is approved, a clinic for the officials will be held following the vote.
Now the 2012 season can really take off, and as we get ready for Week 4, here are winners and losers in the aftermath of the agreement.