Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/12

The NFL season is set to officially begin on Wednesday night, and the replacement officials are coming with it. If you watched any part of the 64 preseason games across the NFL over the past month you have more than likely heard some sort of discussion about replacement referees. There have been some compliments, even more complaints and a lot of nervousness about people like Wayne Bernier, who is making the transition from working six-man high school football games to the NFL.

“You have seen it on TV and see this big field,” Bernier told the Amarillo Globe-News. “But you walk in and it’s still a 100-yard field just like out at Dick Bivins Stadium (where Amarillo high school teams play). There are more people. That’s all.”

There are also higher stakes and a lot more pressure. Giving a high school coach a headache isn’t quite the same as giving Jim Harbaugh a headache. All officials make bad calls, but the backlash will be even more severe when the replacement refs make mistakes because of the preexisting notions many players, coaches and fans already have about them. Despite that, Bernier says he has felt very welcome.

“You learn they all are human beings,” he explained. “They are in this spotlight all the time, but they are just human. And they are class acts, like Andy Reid. We all know he just lost his son, and there is emotion there. And then most of the players have been cordial. You hear every once in a while a ‘Oh, that’s why you are here’ comment. But most of them slap you on the butt and say, ‘Good job.’”

At the end of the day, the officials can only call it like they see it and do the best they can. Those butt slaps and “good jobs” may be tougher to come by in the regular season, but that’s the nature of the beast in professional athletics. For people like Bernier, looking at it like just another game of six-on-six probably isn’t a bad idea.

H/T Pro Football Talk

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Warriors trade David Lee to Celtics for Gerald Wallace

Report: Giants staff to visit Jason Pierre-Paul in hospital

Rivers believes Gates' PED use was unintentional

Favre felt 'bothered' by Green Bay's decision to trade him

Ned Yost explains Alex Rodriguez’s All-Star Game snub

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Donovan McNabb arrested for DUI after rear-ending car

It is progress time for the Philadelphia 76ers

Andrew Luck talks Super Bowl hopes and Patriots

Rapper rips David West for taking pay cut to join Spurs

Report: Kevin Garnett will return for 21st NBA season

Packers plan to keep TE Andrew Quarless despite arrest

National Basketball Players Association to set up heath insurance for retirees

'Corrected' 2015 MLB All-Star Game picks

NHL expansion process begins, application cutoff set for Aug. 10

Cardinals send rookies to Starbucks to pick up order

Mark Cuban fined for discussing Matthews and Jordan deals

Baseball's most productive low-authority hitters of all-time

USWNT's World Cup triumph four years in the making

Cubs announcer defends saying 'no-hitter' during game

MLB scout hiring and pay practices challenged in lawsuit

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

Bridgewater on Vikings: 'we’re not as good as what we think'

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

'Corrected' 2015 MLB All-Star Game picks

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Video shows De'Andre Johnson punching woman

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Report: Giants pull offer to Pierre-Paul

Report: Jordan was tired of Chris Paul

2015 All-Star starters announced

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.