Football

6:22am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Two-Way

After Further Review, Having Regular Refs Back Made It 'A Real NFL Game'

In Baltimore, fans made their feelings clear Thursday night.
Larry French Getty Images

Friday morning quarterbacks seem to be unanimous in saying that having a "regular" crew of officials back on the field for Thursday night's NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns made an immediate — and positive — difference.

"It felt like a real NFL game because the real NFL refs were back," writes ESPN's Jamison Hensley.

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5:24am

Thu September 27, 2012
The Two-Way

We Have A Ruling: NFL Referees Are Returning To The Field

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 5:34 am

They'll be welcomed back by fans: Regular NFL refs will be on the job again starting tonight. (2006 file photo.)
Shaun Best Reuters /Landov
  • Mike Pesca and Steve Inskeep

6:43am

Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

After Uproar, No Signal That NFL Refs Will Be Back Soon

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 12:22 pm

Things haven't been going well for these guys: Some of the NFL's replacement referees, during a Sept. 23 game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov
  • David Green and Tom Goldman talk on 'Morning Edition'

Though the nation's football fans — from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.

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8:03pm

Tue September 25, 2012
Sweetness And Light

RG3: A Game Changer For 'Thirds' Everywhere

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 8:36 am

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III watches from the sidelines. RG3 as he is known has a fan in other thirds like Frank Deford.
Rob Carr Getty Images

We're all familiar with the many sports terms that have moved into general usage: "par for the course," "slam-dunk," "curveball," "photo finish" and so on.

Curiously, though, every now and then something of the inverse occurs, and we get an expression which is commonly used that has been derived from sport, but never used in sport.

For example, that awful, overdone cliche, "level playing field." Never in my life have I ever heard anyone in sport — that is, somebody actually right there on the level playing field — say, "I'm glad we're playing on a level playing field."

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5:48am

Tue September 25, 2012
The Two-Way

Bring Back The Real NFL Refs! Debacle At End Of Game Adds To Outrage

Originally published on Tue September 25, 2012 5:39 pm

Confusion: One official (to the left) signals touchdown for Seattle. The other signals that a touchback — possession — for Green Bay.
Stephen Brashear AP

Football fans are furious. Bettors are out an estimated $150 million. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin — the Republican who's famous for battling with organized labor — is on the side of the referees union. And the NFL is in something of a "prevent defense," saying that nothing can be done to change the outcome.

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