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NFL Refs Get Standing Ovation In Baltimore, Follow It Up By Not Ruining Ravens-Browns Game (Video)
After seven long, ridiculous, error-filled weeks, the NFL replacement refs are gone and the professionals are back. And last night, in Baltimore, the fans let the officiating crew know just how glad they were to have them back by giving them a standing ovation when they came out of the tunnel and onto the field.
Then, when crew chief Gene Steratore came out to midfield for the coin toss, he got a hug from the baddest man in the NFL, Ray Lewis. And when he turned on his mic and said, “Good evening, men. It’s good to be back,” he got another big roar from the crowd.
Hopefully Steratore and his crew soaked up every last second of it, too, because I can tell you one thing—it’s probably the only standing ovation they’re ever going to get.
In case you missed it, here’s a video of the refs’ triumphant return to the field:
You don’t see that every day, do you? Football fans cheering for the referees?
As for the game, ironically enough, it played out a lot like the Packers-Seahawks game earlier in the week, with the Browns going for a last-play Hail Mary to steal the game.
Of course, this time the replacement refs weren’t there to screw it up, so the game ended like it should: with Baltimore on top, 23-16.
Here’s a look at how it all went down: