Originally written on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 11/3/14

NFL on Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira has one of the most interesting Twitter feeds in sports.  He's constantly interacting with followers and answering questions during games about certain plays and refereeing decisions.  On Twitter, Pereira again shows why he's been one of the most innovative and effective hires in the sports media in the last five years.  

Given Pereira's history as the NFL's VP of Officiating and his current pundit role at Fox, he's in a unique position to comment on the refereeing crisis facing the league.  In last week's podcast with Curt Menefee, we talked about the furor over replacement refs as being a bit overrated, but that changed Monday night.  The Falcons-Broncos game was a mess and there were several glaring errors.  When that's piled on a ref actually being taken off the Saints-Panthers game for being a Saints fan and a ref telling Lesean McCoy about his fantasy team, it's time to get the real refs back.

Pereira took to Twitter Monday night and blasted the replacement refs, retweeting replies from angry followers fed up with the nonsense.  And, what made it all the better was Pereira had some vodka by his side while railing against the situation the league and Roger Goodell has made for itself.

[<a href="http://storify.com/myoder84/twitter-wars-mike-pereira-vs-replacement-refs" target="_blank">View the story "Twitter Wars: Mike Pereira vs Replacement Refs" on Storify</a>]

Pereira also has a column at FoxSports.com saying it's time for the circus to stop.  He's right.  Monday night's game was so bad, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden were openly criticizing the referees and condemning the spectacle on display.  Tirico is one of the straightest of straight play by play men in sports, so viewers should know how dire the situation is when he's the one vocalizing concerns about officiating.  Similarly, the relentlessly positive Gruden even took a few shots at the ugly football on hand.  Making a mistake here and there is one thing, but counting off 11 yards for 5 yard penalties and awarding fumbles to teams that don't have the ball is where the line in the sand has to be drawn.  But hey, it's all in the name of player safety and the integrity of the game, right Rog? 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper calls Andrelton Simmons' slide a 'B.S. play'

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Kevin Love likely out for remainder of playoffs

NFL fines Jets $100K for tampering with Revis

Report: Ray Rice getting 'legititmate interest' from teams

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles game postponed for second consecutive day

NFL Draft hopeful Ray arrested before biggest day of his life

Goodell expects DeflateGate report's release 'soon'

J.R. Smith promises to be better person, player after suspension

The importance of the Clippers' bench against the Spurs

Trading up for QB in first round is a risky proposition

WATCH: Ray Lewis gives fiery speech about Baltimore riots

Some early season observations that could hold true all year

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM: 'Everything is for sale'

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

J.J. Watt writes note for fan to get out of work for charity event

Orioles VP reacts to Baltimore protests with passionate tweets

Should the Warriors be worried about extended rest?

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

NHL 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

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Bucs GM: 'Everything is for sale'

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

Hamilton: Angels knew the risks

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

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.