Last year around this time, a lot of the referees you're seeing now during NFL games were reffing minor college games and even some high school games.
As you can imagine, nobody expects perfection out of them. The mistakes have been talked about and criticized by many, but on Sunday during the Pats-Titans game, there weren't many big errors.
Michael Holley gave them a B to a B-plus, while Tom E. Curran and Ron Borges weren't as kind.
Either way, it doesn't appear as if these refs were part of the story on Sunday -- a good thing.
Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players: