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NFL Refs

Make Triumphant Return

To STANDING OVATION

9/27/2012 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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The NFL's regular referees returned to the gridiron tonight to a thundering applause from the crowd -- and even got a personal welcome-back hug from the scariest man in football ... Ray Lewis.

As you know by now ... the NFL reached a deal yesterday with the real refs -- ending the Reign of Error ... courtesy of the infamous replacement refs.

As the entered the field for tonight's Ravens-Browns match up, the refs each tipped their caps in a show of appreciation for fans' support.

Now it's only a matter of time before they screw up a call and we can trash them too.

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1.

DaveT    

Either way the 49ers are going to kick ass all year then win the Super Bowl...just don't invite Madonna back :D

692 days ago
2.

Carl    

Of course they will make bad calls, but nowhere near as many or as often as the scabs.

692 days ago
3.

Lemar    

Cant beat the professionals.

692 days ago
4.

isaiah    

seriously tmz? a 30 sec advertisement for a 26 sec clip? yeah, screw you too tmz.

692 days ago
5.

just because    

go browns

691 days ago
6.

acuseme    

Refs and players make so much money, how about you lower the price of admission tickets; for the economy.

691 days ago
7.

aquanet    

Ray Lewis should be sad the refs are back. that game the Ravens played against the NE Patriots was gift from those replacement refs. What a joke.

691 days ago
8.

Phishie from Philly    

They will complain about something.
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Phishie from Philly

691 days ago
9.

furious cupcakes    

This is so cool. I'm not a fan of football, but it's about time the fans/league give these guys the recognition and respect they deserve. They officiate an enterprise and take a lot of heat and never become stars or make the big money that all the men around them do, and they are the key to the game. I hope they can see how appreciated they really are and that fans support them.

691 days ago
10.

DeVan    

The wailing on the part of liberal union media was hilarious! Especially when they constantly berate us about giving everyone an equal chance regardless of qualifications and don't "judge!" Extreme hypocrites. LOL

691 days ago
11.

Chrissy    

Go Ravens!

691 days ago
12.

freeman    

who give a flying f**k

691 days ago
13.

@jaimesmoore78    

I like to watch nfl but as an Englishman I can not for the life in me figure out why you call it football when only 1(or2) actually uses his foot/feet

691 days ago
14.

Garbo    

175,000 dollars a year to work 6 months on weekends only. Yeah, keep buying those NFL tickets, suckers!

689 days ago

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