9:45PM PT It gets better ... according to nfl.com the REAL refs will be back on the field for Thursday night's game between the Browns and Ravens.
NFL fans -- and people tired of listening to whining NFL fans -- REJOICE ... the league has reached an agreement to end the lockout of the REAL referees.
Details of the agreement involve the NFL Referees Association and the NFL making compromises on salaries, staffing, and blah, blah -- but what you really care about is the REAL referees could be back on the job by this weekend.
So maybe that disastrous, embarrassing, horrendous and disgraceful ending to Monday Night Football (below) -- can now be seen as a good thing ... since it clearly put pressure on both sides to end the chaos.
Welcome back REAL refs -- and rest assured ... everyone will be bitching about you next week.