The news began to emerge as early as yesterday afternoon. By the evening, we had some assurance that a deal was imminent, and before we went to bed it was all but official. Naturally, Twitter was abuzz.
First came the initial excitement.
Then a few big names weighed in. There was Donald Trump, who apparently backs the replacements.
There was Jesus himself...
who I heard lost a buttload of money on that Packers game. Following Jesus, naturally, there was Kevin from The Office.
and then the reality of the real refs' return to football began to set in.
Players even began to make the necessary adjustments.
Many felt the replacements may actually be missed!
But then people came to realize that, just like Ed Hochuli and company, the replacements are also needed somewhere.
Phew. Glad that's over. We can all be sure the refs will receive a heroes welcome tonight on Thursday Night Football.