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  • Referee Gene Steratore looks over the instant replay monitor Sept. 27, 2012, before the Baltimore Ravens-Cleveland Browns game in Baltimore. (Associated Press)

    Refs cheered at first NFL game following lockout

    No one is complaining that the refs cost the Cleveland Browns the game. That mere fact is a major victory for the NFL and the seven-man crew led by referee Gene Steratore, who brought official harmony back to the nation's most popular league.

  • Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) is stopped by Cleveland Browns free safety Usama Young (28) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (21) during the first half of an NFL game in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Ravens beat Browns 23-16 — but refs steal the show

    A game that featured nearly 800 yards in offense, an interception return for a touchdown, helmet-loosening hits and a thrilling finish may best be remembered for what it didn't have: Controversy over the officiating.

  • Cheers as NFL refs return: 'It's good to be back'

    The final pass of the game sailed out of the end zone, saving the regular refs from the same type of call that brought the replacements to the height of unpopularity just three days earlier.

  • Refs cheered at first NFL game following lockout

    No one is complaining that the refs cost the Cleveland Browns the game. That mere fact is a major victory for the NFL and the seven-man crew led by referee Gene Steratore, who brought official harmony back to the nation's most popular league.

  • Cheers for the refs: Thursday's game ends lockout

    About an hour before kickoff, referee Gene Steratore and his seven-man crew walked on the field in their familiar striped shirts and heard cheers from the early arrivals.

  • Cheers as NFL refs return: 'It's good to be back'

    Referee Gene Steratore turned on his microphone to greet the captains of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens for the pre-game coin toss.

  • NFL picks officials for Browns-Ravens game

    The NFL has selected veteran referee Gene Steratore to lead a seven-man crew of regular officials in calling Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

  • FILE - This Dec. 20, 2009 file photo shows NFL referee Gene Steratore during the first half of an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City, Mo. The NFL has selected veteran referee Steratore to lead a seven-man crew of regular officials in calling Thursday night's, Sept. 27, 2012 game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. The game will be the first officiated by the regulars since they were locked out by the NFL in a contract dispute. The union and league agreed to a new deal at midnight Thursday. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

    NFL selects officials for Browns-Ravens game

    The NFL has selected veteran referee Gene Steratore to lead a seven-man crew of regular officials in calling Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

  • Regular refs back; Goodell apologizes to fans

    For a change, the NFL uniform at the center of attention contained three digits.

  • Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaug complains to field judge Bob Waggoner during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

    Ravens dispute roughing-passer call

    The Baltimore Ravens were galled by a roughing-the-passer penalty that helped the Cincinnati Bengals drive to their go-ahead field goal, suggesting the NFL has gone too far in protecting its quarterbacks.

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  • This time, the change came so suddenly that Gene Steratore, head of the officiating crew, barely had enough time to put down a cell phone he was using to communicate with NFL officials before informing the crowd of 60,000-plus: "Due to the inclement weather, the game will be temporarily suspended."

    Even the NFL can't do anything about the weather →

  • "After the euphoria of the moment wears off, probably sometime early in the second quarter, it'll be back to regular NFL football mode," said referee Gene Steratore, who will head to Green Bay for Sunday's game, one week after Packers players ripped the replacements over Monday's disputed touchdown. "Players will be questioning our judgment, our ancestry. Coaches will be screaming at us. And it'll be life as back to normal on Sundays."

    NFL refs approve deal, scramble for Sunday return →

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