Monday Night Football doesn’t rank when it comes to my list of priorities, but I would have had to be living under a rock to miss the uproar about replacement refs this past week. It’s not my personality to get emotional or worked up about sports games, but I certainly understand that some fans do. So, when the September 29th installment of the Wall Street Journal Sentiment Tracker focused on the response to replacement refs from Facebook and Twitter users, I was not surprised to see that over 34,000 conversations were generated in social media. Despite 66% of social media users being furious about the refs, they’re still watching the games and talking about it!  16% felt sympathy for the refs, and I have to agree; this is not the first game to be lost on a bad call, and it certainly won’t be the last – and I’m sure the refs are just as ready to bolt from their jobs as the fans are to have them gone. 4% expressed relief that the replacements were on their way out, and 14% made some hilarious jokes. Check out some of the extra ones below!

RT @urmindblown: “After further review, the player did not touch first base.  Repeat 5th down!”  -NFL Replacement Refs.

I failed my eye exam today, so now I am qualified to be a NFL replacement ref this SUnday….

These replacement refs are really making a lot of good calls…   #stuffnoonesays

Are you breathing a sigh of relief that Monday Night Football is no longer doomed to terrible replacements? Let me know in the comments!

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