Fans of the National Football League rejoice! The sport of professional football, as we know it, has now returned to its rightful place amongst our Sunday afternoons. Sure, we've had our fair share of ups, downs and completely upending situations, in the three weeks of regular season play that has passed. However, with the recent news surrounding the NFL and their contract situation with the referee's union, we all have cause to celebrate.
Shortly after Twelve O'clock, on the morning of September 27, it was announced that both sides had reached an agreement - in principle - that would allow the referees to return to work for this week's slate of games. As such, Week 4 will finally showcase the talented players we are apt to love, without the heated discussion surrounding replacement referees and botched calls.
After two days of non-stop negotiating, the both parties finally came to an agreement, after the fervor of the fans was felt, in response to the ending of the Seattle and Green Bay match-up on Monday Night Football. The play in question, a wrongly-ruled touchdown given to Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate that was clearly intercepted by M.D. Jennings, was the final nail in the replacement referee's proverbial coffin. Fans were quick to take to the Twitterverse and other social media applications to voice their intense displeasure. As such, the NFL and referee's union had no choice but to speed up the process.
The return of the NFL's core group of referees marks the end of one of the most dismal periods in the game's history. The product, which the NFL vowed to protect, suffered greatly and the ire of its world-wide fan base grew to an alarming height. Had a deal not been reached promptly, the results could have been staggering for both the NFL and its teams.
Though it may seem blasphemous that a Detroit Lions' fan rally in support of a wrong which was exhibited on the Green Bay Packers, it brings me a bit of solace to finally be able to enjoy a game - without the talent on the field being overshadowed by inept inexperience.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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