Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/24/12

As Brandon Spikes already phrased more eloquently than we ever could, the replacement officials were as bad as they have been all year during Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Ravens. Their performance resulted in 70,000-plus fans reaching their boiling point toward the end of the game when John Harbaugh received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Harbaugh claims he was trying to call timeout which may not be true, but how often do we see coaches getting flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during such a crucial moment in the game?

On one hand, the terrible calls are an outrage. On the other, we can’t be too upset about it because it lead to one of the most audible “bullsh**” chants you will ever hear from a stadium full of fans. We’ve seen fans taunt opposing players and they can certainly get vulgar at times, but I’m pretty confident the women and children were in on this one. That’s how bad this replacement ref situation has gotten.

Still, I don’t think the Baltimore fans were quite as angry as Bill Belichick.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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