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Usually the only people who care much about referees are the players and coaches who have to live by their calls. Recently, though, a whole lot of football fans have been experiencing the force of just what that means. The lockout of NFL refs has introduced more than a cadre of new faces on the field. It's brought a level of confusion to the game that's knocked everyone who's interested for a loop.

I'm the kind of sports fan who starts caring during the playoffs. In other words, I'm not really a sports fan. For me, baseball is at the high end of my interest meter and basketball is definitely at the low end. Football represents my 50-yard line: lower than hockey, but definitely higher than soccer. But this year, with the fallout from what's going on with the referees in the news, I'm intrigued enough to listen to the sports report.

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