Good to see the regular refs coming back! I'm sure the scabs are disappointed they have to return to their jobs at footlocker.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 27, 2012
I feel a little bad 4 all the heat the replacement refs were taking, but at least this probably wont happen again fb.me/2ex9OHRUl
— LaMarr Woodley (@LaMarrWoodley) September 27, 2012
Woke up to find out the new refs are back! I've never been excited about refs before I think I (cont) tl.gd/jele3c
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 27, 2012
We have peace in our time - or at least between the NFL and its referees' union. While the NFL replacement referees will not be missed by many players (such as Packers guard T.J. Lang, Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley or Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, above) or fans, their absence will be felt by social media companies, sports talk-show hosts, bloggers and comedians.
Not to mention would-be comedians:
Good to see @nfl & ref's union reach agreement. Invaluable. Good thing cause we were a week away from Belichick swingin' on a ref.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2012
The botched call at the end of Monday night's Seahawks-Packers game triggered more than 1 million mentions on Twitter and was ranked No. 6 on Facebook's list of most-discussed events of the year, ranking behind the presidential election campaign, the Super Bowl, the royal wedding and the speeches of President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. Lang's series of profanity-laced tweets about the touchdown/interception at the end of Monday's game were retweeted more than 165,000 times.
Not surprising, the play triggered the most buzz among men between the ages of 25-34 on Facebook, according to the social media company.
Videos complaining about and mocking the replacement referees were all over YouTube, as well.
This tribute to the replacements was posted Wednesday by DallasCowboys94Ware on YouTube:
A search of "replacement refs" yields about 2,430 videos, including NOC's "Flo Rida" parody featured on Playbook on Wednesday, which has more than 550,000 views. The "Call It Maybe" spoof from KFAN-FM 100.3 in Minneapolis posted on Sept. 21, before this past weekend's questionable calls in Baltimore and Seattle, has pulled in more than 1.1 million views.
TV hosts got in their jabs. Ellen DeGeneres offered a detailed breakdown of Monday's controversial play:
And Conan O'Brien's Team Coco produced this NFL replacement referee highlight reel:
They will not be missed.
• Amare Stoudemire of the Knicks pays a visit to the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Thursday to discuss his new book, “STAT: Standing Tall and Talented #1: Home Court.” The book is part of his partially autobiographical "STAT" series aimed at promoting childhood literacy. The show airs Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
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