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NFL’s replacement officials would include first female ref

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If anything nudges the NFL and the locked out NFL Referees Association back to the bargaining table, it might be this weekend’s replacement clinic in Dallas.

Referred to as the “scab clinic” by NFLRA officials last week, it’s a collection of refs who’ve been working lower-level football, some retired officials and others who aren’t currently working at the Division I level.

If the league’s confident what they have gathered is a competent bunch, it will only embolden their stance. If they realize they have a disaster on their hands, it may make them much more agreeable to negotiate from the current position.

Not much is known about the makeup of the replacements, other than the fact the NFLRA considers them sub-standard.

But if they are put in play, a bit of NFL history will be made. According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, one of the replacements is Shannon Eastin. She’s worked Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, but would be the first woman to work an NFL game as an on-field official.

Whether the league wants to put her on the field should have nothing to do with her gender. If she was qualified enough to work her way up the ranks to an NFL gig, no thinking person would have a problem with her presence. But the fact their replacement plan doesn’t include even the Triple-A quality refs from the college ranks would seriously diminish the accomplishment of a barrier being broken.

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14 Responses to “NFL’s replacement officials would include first female ref”
  1. Tadd says: Jul 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    The only concern with a female ref would be, that amazing moment we all enjoy when a ref gets light up.

    But if these withered dinosaurs that currently ref can take the hit, a woman born this side of the civil war should be just fine.

  2. thekiy says: Jul 22, 2012 6:15 PM

    Good for her. Hate for her to have to sneak in the back door like thus but it’s a good first step regardless.

  3. istateyourname says: Jul 22, 2012 6:17 PM

    I’ll go for that. How’s she look when she’s running, anything like Baywatch?

  4. Corey W. says: Jul 22, 2012 6:30 PM

    Oh no! This is terrible news! Although women can be pretty sharp, might make more accurate calls. This is wonderful news!

  5. time2speakup says: Jul 22, 2012 6:31 PM

    Having viewed life from the “3 score and ten” perspective, each time there is a significant breakthrough, I find it interesting how we all eventually conclude, “Hey, we could’ve been doing this all along.” Hopefully, here we go again.

  6. phillyphan83 says: Jul 22, 2012 6:33 PM

    not the way I want to see that barrier broken. people will look back on it with a “yeah but” or an asterisk. its a shame for her to have to hear that but that’s just the way society is. alot of people will say she didn’t earn it but it was an circumstance of opportunity. it’d be great if she could do well and actually get hired to stay on and legitimize her presence. no reason why she can’t do the job. I wish her the best.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 22, 2012 6:35 PM

    Mindful of their p’s and q’s, the NFLRA refers to Shannon as a “slight inflammation”, or a “healing abrasion”.

  8. kissimmeepacker says: Jul 22, 2012 6:54 PM

    i say give the replacements a shot.women included.the quality of officiating seems to have gone downhill the last few years anyway (though granted it is a tough job).who knows,just maybe some of the replacements could be more than adequate and even better than some already doing the job.

  9. blazertop says: Jul 22, 2012 8:58 PM

    Don’t care if it’s a man, woman, or robot. Just get the call right.

  10. Soulman45 says: Jul 23, 2012 12:59 AM

    That call they made on Calvin Johnson in Chicago any body can do better than.
    I wish the young lady the best step in and do well it well be better than they are doing now.

  11. jfinn5 says: Jul 23, 2012 1:43 AM

    The first women scab referee. Her family must be so proud the rat!

  12. shallweride says: Jul 23, 2012 2:10 AM

    As if the game wasn’t getting softer by the day already. Just send the boys out there with pillows already

  13. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 6, 2012 11:09 AM

    Soulman45 says:
    Jul 23, 2012 12:59 AM
    That call they made on Calvin Johnson in Chicago any body can do better than.
    I wish the young lady the best step in and do well it well be better than they are doing now.
    ______________________

    The call was to the letter of the rule…which has not changed. The correct call was made. Whether you like the rule or not is a different story.

  14. sportmentary says: Aug 6, 2012 11:41 AM

    It’s about time!

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