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NFL Players

Concern Over REAL Refs

'They're Coming Off Cold Turkey'

9/27/2012 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The REAL NFL refs will return to the field for tonight's Ravens vs. Browns match-up in Baltimore ... but some of the players are still concerned ... telling TMZ, "They’re comin' off cold turkey, so it’s going to be very interesting."

TMZ spoke with a member of the Cleveland Browns who reminded us, "The refs usually have a pre-season."

Overall, the players are fired up about the end of the replacement ref era.

We spoke with Ravens player Bryant McKinnie who says he's "very glad" they're back ... adding, "The real refs have better control of the games."

A member of the Browns, who wished to remain anonymous, tells us, "People will be so happy to see the refs. They will be the highlight of the game … at least for the first quarter."

“I’m sure they will give them a standing ovation, especially in Baltimore," the player told us ... adding, "If a call goes against the Browns I’m sure they will give [the refs] a standing ovation.”

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19 COMMENTS

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1.

Mike44090    

It's a little arrogant for the players to stay in shape in the off season and when they are on strike but the refs just sit around the house eating like pigs. I don't think there have been any major rule changes in the game since last season and if they were I'm guessing the refs studies up on them. what's left for them to do, exercise their eyes?

673 days ago
2.

itsnoise    

The replacement refs will make bad call too. It just won't be as flagrantly terrible as the replacement refs. NBA refs are 10x worst than the replacement refs ever will be except they're all on the take from commissioner Stern.

673 days ago
3.

Ron    

The old saying you get what you pay for..The Refs are pro's and will conduct there actions accordingly.

673 days ago
4.

King Beef    

Big deal. NFL fans had to deal with terrible officiating for three weeks. Boo-hoo. Meanwhile the NHL has had to deal with this kind of piss poor officiating forever. Those are the actual officials too. Not some replacements.

673 days ago
5.

CLINT    

If you all think you can do better than the professional refs out there then go be a ref and do it right. Great pay, limited work hours, new pension benefits and you get to run around and play in the grass. Not a bad deal.

673 days ago
6.

HRH Prince Michael    

Again: The game-officials are merely -diversionary- scapegoats, in a much-larger
Corporate-game. Las Vegas, REFUNDS?
Notice, has been SERVED.

The House of David 20Twelve:
Hebrews Twelve;28-29 is HERE,
Daniel Twelve;1 is HERE,
Proverbs Twelve;7 is NOW,
Zechariah Twelve;8 is NOW,
St. Mark Twelve;36 is NOW,
Psalm2;012 is NOW:
The Kingdom strikes BACK.

673 days ago
7.

Lynn    

If the players are so concerned about the officials being unreliable, they wouldn't need officials if the players played clean football. The ref are there to keep the head hunters from hurting someone beyond repair. The ref's are needed to keep the game safe.And it looks as if they are failing.

673 days ago
8.

Throwback kid    

I don't ever want to hear Roger Godell say again he was protecting the shield when he comes down hard on a player with a suspension. For 3 weeks the NFL games have had horrible officiating ang Godell and the owners could have cared less, they think the fans are chumps and will show up anyway. I don't believe anything Godell or the NFL says anymore, they tried to tell us that Tate caught the ball when we saw that he didn't, they just try to cover their butts all the time. Roger Godell is the biggest bully in sports and a disgrace as a commissioner

673 days ago
9.

Carl    

The worst that would happen is you'd get this first week of them being the same or a little better than the replacement refs. But at least they'd have more actual control of the players and coaches. Within 1-2 weeks they'll be back up to speed.

673 days ago
10.

jeff    

Welcome back fellas. Believe it or not, when I watch a hockey or football game with no BAD calls, I NOTICE! The first three weeks had five times the bad calls the regular refs make. They have proven they ARE important to quality football. NFL is a multibillion dollar industry. They should get some sort of pension.

673 days ago
11.

Truth    

2 F*CKING WORDS - "INSTANT REPLAY". YEA, YOU KNOW... THAT BORING ASS 5 MINUTES THE OFFICIAL VIDEO REF TAKES WHEN THE COACHES START BITCHING ABOUT BLOWN CALLS... YALL CAN STFU NOW. KEY POINT - WHY WASNT THE INSTANT REPLAY REF CALLED FOR THE GREEN BAY GAME??? #TRUTH!!

673 days ago
12.

bjay    

No matter how rusty the real refs are, I'm sure Green Bay and Patriot fans will suddenly see their 1-2 record change fast. It's amazing how getting constant favorable calls can change do that.

673 days ago
13.

Anon    

That ref in the pic is one sexy MF! Why can't all older men look this sexy? I mean check out his small waist & huge chest....yum!

673 days ago
14.

Phishie from Philly    

You over paid bafoons. First you complain about the scrub refs. Now you got the real refs back and you're still complaining. Over paid babies. Most players don't play there full potential after they get a contract. But when there contract is almost up miraculously they can play again. Just shut the frick up and play already.
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Phishie from Philly

673 days ago

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