Bring them back. For the sake of the game, please, National Football League owners, settle your labor dispute with the officiating crews and bring them back to the field.
If you don't, the NFL season won't have much meaning. Another weekend like the one just concluded and fans will decide that bad calls are just as likely to determine the outcome of games as the play of the teams. The replacement officials just aren't cutting it. For the integrity of professional football, that's not good.
The Green Bay-Seattle fiasco on Monday Night Football was the most egregious example of officiating run amok, but it was hardly the only one. The New England-Baltimore game the day before also degenerated into farce. The incompetent officiating is lengthening games, as the men in stripes try to sort out disputed calls, and it could lead to violence on the field or in the stands from frustrated players or fans.