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Baltimore fans give officials a standing ovation

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The real refs are back, and the fans are showing their appreciation.

When referee Gene Steratore and his crew walked out on the field about an hour before the Browns and Ravens kick off tonight in Baltimore, the fans in the stands gave the officials a standing ovation. The officials tipped their caps and waved to the fans in appreciation of the rare case of the fans showing love to the officials.

Steratore and his crew are the first officials to take the field since the NFL ended its lockout of the officials late on Wednesday night. Although officials are rarely popular with fans, the regular officials became popular as the outcry over the replacements’ mistakes reached a crescendo with Monday night’s debacle in Seattle.

So for now, the officials are popular with NFL fans. This won’t last long.

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48 Responses to “Baltimore fans give officials a standing ovation”
  1. johnnycash19 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:56 PM

    Don’t worry, they’ll start booing them soon enough and everything will be back to the way it was.

  2. steelersownyou says: Sep 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    And after the browns beat up on this subpar defense. I too will give a standing ovation!

  3. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    Why? The replacements gave them the game winning field goal?

  4. shl4vikes says: Sep 27, 2012 7:58 PM

    I’m weeping tears of joy. Welcome back Zebras!! That is until you screw up a call ;)

  5. gallaghedj311 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:58 PM

    Can’t wait for the first Baltimore penalty so I can hear the first “Booo” for the officials…

  6. ghjjf says: Sep 27, 2012 8:02 PM

    You better write an article after the game about all the calls they screw up.

  7. warewolf94 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    Nice gesture by Baltimore fans, great to have the real refs back

  8. blackcatnfl says: Sep 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    So the head referee tonight is the guy who robbed the Lions of a game winning TD in 2010 when Calvin Johnson let go of the ball long after catching it, causing Gene Steratore to rule it “incomplete”? Perfect!

  9. onebucplace says: Sep 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    Morons, I’d never cheer the normal idiot refs or the replacement idiot refs. Can’t wait to hear tonight however how suddenly every bad call “evens out in the end” or how you can’t complain about the calls since it’s part of the game. Lets see how tough the media is on the regular union guys — wonder if there is going to be a difference?

  10. Gordon says: Sep 27, 2012 8:05 PM

    LOL! The same fans that were ready to lynch the refs when the Ravens lost to the Pats on MNF during the 18-0 season.

  11. orangeclipper says: Sep 27, 2012 8:07 PM

    This good cheer, won’t last long

  12. blackcatnfl says: Sep 27, 2012 8:08 PM

    Ladies and Gentleman….wearing number 114…..please stand as we present……..the master of the rulebook….the king of the calls….the man who defined enforcement of maintaining possession of the ball all the way to the ground…..we proudly present….the one….the only….Gene….STER-A-TOREEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

  13. vbe2 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:09 PM

    You mean what they showed on NFLN? There was only about 10% of the stadium filled… if that.

  14. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Sep 27, 2012 8:09 PM

    Maybe they should stand up and give the poor sapp hocking pop-corn and beers for a buck two fifty an hour a show of appreciation before these philthy animals !

  15. moerawn says: Sep 27, 2012 8:09 PM

    Am I wrong or have these refs not actually called a game since last winter?

  16. patsfiend says: Sep 27, 2012 8:12 PM

    This won’t stop the Baltimore fans from complaining heartily, win or lose, every time they play the Pats (or the Steelers, or anyone, really.)

  17. txbossman says: Sep 27, 2012 8:13 PM

    But what happens when these refs cost a team a game? ………..And you have no recourse as a fan at all….Or a team…..

  18. ravenator says: Sep 27, 2012 8:13 PM

    What’s wrong with you haters? Oh that’s right, your team isn’t as good as the ravens

  19. guitarrebel says: Sep 27, 2012 8:16 PM

    They may screw up some calls but I guarantee you that they won’t tolerate the wholesale breaking of the rules on every play that the replacements did.

  20. frostymugobeer says: Sep 27, 2012 8:18 PM

    steelersownyou says:
    Sep 27, 2012 7:57 PM
    And after the browns beat up on this subpar defense. I too will give a standing ovation!

    Not even the reg refs could help a steelers team that lost to Denver and Oakland….i guess hoping the Ravens lose is the best a steelers fan can hope for these days

  21. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Sep 27, 2012 8:19 PM

    Did you see that Steratore waving his little ref hat like he was a returning war hero at a ticker tape parade ? Stop smelling yourself dude !

  22. billh1947 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:19 PM

    At least these real refs know the damn rule book and if it aint a foul will leave the flag in their pockets unlike the scab refs who threw the flag on so many phantom penalties it got sickening,they will be a great improvement.

  23. raiderapologist says: Sep 27, 2012 8:20 PM

    Look for Oakland to get 15 penalties for 165 yards this Sunday. Nice while it lasted.

    (come on. some Raider fan had to say it.)

  24. stlrldyfn says: Sep 27, 2012 8:22 PM

    They will be cheering until the first call comes that doesn’t work in their favor.

  25. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 27, 2012 8:22 PM

    It won’t last. The Ravens cry about the refs even when they win…

  26. robgilman says: Sep 27, 2012 8:26 PM

    idiots

  27. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    The Referree couldn’t have held his head higher or stuck his chest out more. The look on his face was like “yep, we did it”.

    I still can’t believe they’re in a guaranteed benefit pension at that level for a part-time job, though. Goodell was negotiating with his hands around his ankles.

  28. generalherald says: Sep 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    what a bunch of romanticizing idiots

  29. ocdn says: Sep 27, 2012 8:30 PM

    Good to have the real, DESERVING officials back.

  30. andyvictory says: Sep 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    Whiny, soft, butthurt crybabies who make excuses for not playing winning football aren’t going to change because a different set of individuals where the stripes. The Ravens have shown their true colors and lack of class and professionalism all season long. That is WHO they are, plain and simple, hope they get stomped tonight just to see what “new” direction the purple pansy excuse train takes.

  31. jharmon64 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:32 PM

    Stupid fans.

  32. radrntn says: Sep 27, 2012 8:40 PM

    raiders are only averaging 4.7 penalties thus far this year with the replacements refs…..just saying….there were no bogus pass interference, or illegal contact pass 5 yards on third and 20 plays, and no offensive holding calls on first and 10, when raiders are moving downfield… or a late flag thrown on 3rd down completions play….just saying there were no made up calls

  33. onebucplace says: Sep 27, 2012 8:54 PM

    I’m just glad we got the normal refs back before someone got hurt.

  34. nyangl23 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:07 PM

    the biggest problem with the replacement refs was they messed up the flow of the game and it just seemed the games were out of order and took 4 hours. As well, with replacement refs you KNOW they were unsure of the actual rules and coaches and players took advantage of this. Not going to be prefect ever.but much better.

  35. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Sep 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    I’m just glad the replacements stayed long enough to screw the Packers once…

  36. nflfollower says: Sep 27, 2012 9:14 PM

    Gene steratore looks like he was hanging out with ed hoculi during the lockout. Sporting the guns.

  37. mp4pack says: Sep 27, 2012 9:25 PM

    They’ll get a standing O in every city except Seattle.

  38. fupduk2 says: Sep 27, 2012 9:31 PM

    The NFL did not care, the only reason a deal was reached is because of the big money lost by the Vegas book.

  39. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 27, 2012 10:08 PM

    The fans started booing them after the first offensive holding call against the Ravens – 3 minutes into the first quarter.

    Ahhh, the love….

  40. ravens1762 says: Sep 27, 2012 10:29 PM

    they have already screwed up and no one has noticed. josh cribbs play where he gets hurt. ravens intercepted the ball. browns challenge and lose. by the last 5 minutes in the half, browns still have all of their timeouts left.

  41. gmannj says: Sep 27, 2012 10:32 PM

    I’m usually anti-union until this started but was on the side of the refs here for the reason of the miminal dollar impact on the NFL.

    But i agree with johnnyjagfan in that being PT and a defined benefit pension is ridicious and plus if they sit the ref for doing a bad job THEY STILL GET PAID!!…total union moves that killed manufacturing and the auto industry. Come work in the real world at a job like most of us where it’s emplyment at will….you don’t perform, you’re gone!!

  42. stlrldyfn says: Sep 27, 2012 10:33 PM

    And I stand corrected. And it only took til the 3rd qtr.

  43. calcheesmo says: Sep 28, 2012 12:31 AM

    I think it’s ridiculous when people make comments about the refs making too much for part-time, etc. The NFL, like many businesses, is relative to itself and not good for other comparisons (except other big businesses). The NFL is a bloated industry, worth 50 billion dollars, why? Because of us, the fans…we pay for this, the money is there, so they can easily pay for the refs, it’s not like it’s breaking anyone’s bank. It’s just like hollywood, why do actors/actresses make millions per film? Because we enable it. I’m not complaining, I’m just realistic. We can’t compare it to the everyday person because we aren’t in the NFL, ref or player. We can’t sit and bitch about how much someone makes for a movie when we;re paying $$ to watch it, buy it, and so on. In the NFL, Players that aren’t even necessarily on the field the whole game make minimum of $355k. If the players get benched they still get paid. After their contract runs out, if they don’t perform, they’re also gone. Obviously the replacement refs couldn’t hack it, so they’re gone…and they are paying (although a high amount to us) a deserved amount to the refs, obviously they are an integral part of the game, and still making less than the average player.

  44. ahs2 says: Sep 28, 2012 12:32 AM

    So instead of wincing at the judgement and lack of knowledge of NFL rules, we’ll revert back to just wincing at the judgement, LOL!!!

  45. cmstrick says: Sep 28, 2012 12:37 AM

    Standing ovation? What the hell for? They should have booed. And booed loudly. The greedy refs and their f@#%ing union are responsible for the mess this season has been so far.

  46. shukey11 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:13 AM

    They might make the wrong call from time to time. But we all know theyre the best at what they do. And as someone who’s unpired baseball for 11 years I know in the least popular guy on the field. And I accept that. So welcome back boys at least you wont change the outcome of a mnf game

  47. death1to2hipsters3 says: Sep 28, 2012 3:12 AM

    After Monday nights call, i was going to stop watching football until the real refs came back. Im glad it was only a few days

  48. mgmac says: Sep 28, 2012 7:32 AM

    the real NFL officials did an excellent job last night. Only a fool would believe the replacement officials were as competent, only a fool that knows nothing about the game

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