It will be a love-fest ladies and gentleman. Never before have professional officials been as appreciated as they are at THIS VERY MOMENT. After watching replacements try and do the job for the first weeks of the NFL season, I believe fans will have a better appreciation for what the pros do. Sure, they are not always perfect, and like all of us, they have their bad days. But, it can not be disputed that they are the best out there, and they help make the product what it is.
I am sure this appreciation will last about five minutes or until the first ref calls a brutal pass interference call and then we will boo the ref, scream “bring back the replacements,” and forget about them all together. But, in the mean-time, lets bask in the referee appreciation mode and be thankful we will have quality officials for America’s most popular sport.