Get Outta Here, RRs! (You're Done!)

The grabbing and name calling by coaches, players and fans directed at the NFL's replacement referees may finally be coming to an end as the NFL reaches an agreement to reinstate the real referees.

The play calling by refs during the first three weeks of the regular season was nothing short of gridiron chaos that eventually led to a head coach, and a headcoach in training, with hefty fines levied against them.

New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick was fined $50,000 at the end of last week's game for grabbing the arm of a ref in protest of the game's final score. Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, made a like-minded 'offensive' gesture on a ref after the Skins' lost last week, 31-38, to Cincinnati.   

Both men have since apologized, but the NFL fined the two men just the same - to the tune of  $50,000 for Belichick and $25,000 for Shanahan.  Neither were suspended.

Perhaps no one felt the agony and frustration of having to deal with the 'Replacements' like the league's players.

"I'll probably get in trouble for this", said Carolina receiver Steve Smith, "but you have to have competent people. And if you're incompetent, get them out of there."

So that's what the NFL has done, reaching a tentative agreement to end a lockout that began in June, and reinstating the regular officials beginning with Thursday's Ravens v Browns game.

Bye, bye replacement refs.

The news was not only comforting to fans and players alike, but also to the Commander-in-Chief, President Obama who remarked, "It's a great day in America."

Let the games continue.

Replacement Ref Opposition Tweets by players around the league...

“These refs gotta go I’m sorry” – Reggie Bush.

“I’ve been saying give the refs a break but that TD call was ridicules [sic]. How do you miss that? Pop Warner refs would have gotten that right.” – Tony Gonzalez.

“Is the refs workin for the buffalo wild wings commercial?” – Perrish Cox.

Although the sentiments of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan weren't tweeted, he did call the president, a "replacement' president".