- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang started off the Twitter reaction to Monday night's debacle at CenturyLink Field, so we might as well let him wrap it up as well. Here was Lang's reaction Thursday morning to news that the NFL had ended the lockout of its regular officials:
Good to see the regular refs coming back! I'm sure the scabs are disappointed they have to return to their jobs at footlocker.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 27, 2012
(Yes, from what I'm told, Footlocker employees wear referee uniforms at work.)
Lang has become a Twitter star since firing off two profane tweets in the moments after the Packers' 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He has added more than 90,000 followers since then, and as of Thursday morning, the first tweet had been re-tweed nearly 70,000 times and the second was at about 98,000. The latter qualifies as an unofficial Twitter record, exceeding such B-list celebrities as Justin Bieber, Floyd Mayweather and one of the Kardashians.
So there's that.
Did Lang do anything more than draw attention to himself with these tweets. I'm not sure. I kind of agree with @achitko, who tweeted this my way: "I honestly think his tirade had a bigger impact than the play itself. The league knew player revolt was on horizon." If nothing else, Lang's initial tweet made clear just how aggrieved that Packers players -- and no doubt many other around the NFL -- had taken the situation.