In a world where self-esteem can be more volatile than the markets, we wanted to know which ego in the financial and political world took the biggest ride, good or bad, this Friday.
The winner, as voted on by CNBC’s Facebook fans, was the real NFL referees. As one commenter Jim Santos wrote, “A ref tipping his cap to the crowd? It’s got to be the refs.”
The real referees' ego, after the sports world called for their return, received 72 percent of all votes. National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn't alone in being "thrilled" the regular referees were back at work, after a controversial call by replacement refs during Monday night's game hastened an agreement on a new contract. (Read More: NFL's Goodell: Bad Call Helped Push Deal With Referees.)
In second place with 17 percent of votes: Research In Motion.
The company’s shares shot up 14 percent in extended-hours trading after the company reported earnings after the bell Thursday. On Friday, CEO Thorsten Heins told CNBC's "Squawk Box" the new BlackBerry 10 would be a "mind-changing" experience Commenter Nick Clemente posted, “The stock is showing the some investors are confident for a turnaround in the company.” (Read More: Research In Motion Results Top Forecasts, Shares Soar.)
With a respectable 11 percent of all votes, bacon lovers everywhere are in possession of a bruised ego after a world shortage brought on an ‘aporkalypse’. These results were good for 3rd place. (Read More: Bacon-Eating Contests Banned as Shortage Looms.)
Greg Stone was part of the 11 percent and winked, “It could send the world’s economies over the edge!”
Until next week, CNBC Nation.
—By CNBC's Eli Langer