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Fans, locked-out NFL official say 'enough is enough'

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SUGAR LAND, Texas (FOX 26) -

On a prime time national stage, an NFL performance played second fiddle to the abject failure of the replacement ref's enforcing the rules.

When a final game-altering call was not just blown, but obliterated, hearts broke, $150 million wagered dollars unjustly changed hands, and millions of Americans collectively cried "enough is enough".

"Get the real refs back soon," longtime NFL fan Ray Lefebrve said.

"We are paying full price for the regular season and now we are getting half the quality of the officiating," Texans season ticket holder Joe Harrington said.  "That's not right and fair to the consumer."

"I think its time for the NFL to start concentrating on putting the best product back on the field because what they have now is not that," NFL fan Craig Huber added.

You'll get no argument from Sugar Land's Walt Anderson, a locked-out NFL referee with 17 years of service to the league.

"If you have people at any level doing a job that they are not trained for, it's inevitable that mistakes are going to end up happening that would not have otherwise happened," Anderson, who also supervises football officiating in the Big 12 Conference, said.

The replacement's presumed competence was almost certain to be shattered by the sheer speed, intensity and pressure of the NFL game, he said.

"To expect guys coming off high school careers and used to seeing the game at a small college environment, to be able to make that quantum leap in a matter of months is physically unrealistic; your mind is not going to able to process that type stuff," he said.

Fans are right to be frustrated and even furious over the quality of replacement officiating, he said.  Monday night's egregious call and equally flawed review serve as evidence that's difficult to deny.

"Nobody is going to remember on Monday that it took you a few minutes to get it right," he said.  "What they are going to remember is if you don't get it right."

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