First female ref in NFL will work Thursday night

Replacement refs made their debut last night in the Hall of Fame Game.

Later this week, more history will be made.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports Shannon Eastin will be part of the crew for Thursday’s Green Bay at San Diego game.

Eastin, who has called college games in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will be the first woman to work as an on-field official in any NFL game.

While there were some missteps last night, there wasn’t the ridiculous show of ineptitude some expected. As we get deeper and deeper into the bench of the retired and tier-two (or three or four or five) officials, that may happen.

Until then, the outcry over the stalemated officials doesn’t seem to be the kind that will generate pressure on the league to back off its previous offers.

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21 responses to “First female ref in NFL will work Thursday night

  1. She must be so proud. The NFL scraped the bottom of the barrel of referees and pulled out the first woman. What a accomplishment.

    No disrespect to her work ethic or accomplishments. It’s just that it seems odd that after all these years that’s the only way the NFL considers her.

    That being said I hope she does well and gets an opportunity when the strike is over.

  2. Hopefully the replacement refs keep the high standard for officiating in the NFL. You never hear complaints that the game is fixed like the NBA or MLB.

  3. I don’t care one bit about gender just competence. If this woman is capable of physically keeping up with the game and doesn’t feel the need to be extra tough just to show players that she is in charge, then fine.

  4. And exactly how is this woman going to keep up on the field for four quarters when players who run ridiculous forty times are burning up and down it.

  5. phuriousjorge says:
    Aug 6, 2012 11:10 AM
    Call me a chauvinist, but I worry about her getting hurt.


    That’s actually a good point. It’s fairly common for a ref to be tied up between players in a pile up on the field, and certainly refs have to step in to break up fights frequently too. I want to see her do well too, but there’s a real chance she could end up getting hurt. Hopefully her experience in reffing college games has prepared her for the NFL.

  6. An unqualified scab is an unqualified scab. Work it out with the real refs and stop playing these silly games and trying to win the PR war.

  7. You’re afraid of her getting hurt? What about the 60 pound overweight 60+year old men who run around out there most NFL seasons? Yeah, she probably isn’t in condition to take on a world-class athlete at full speed, but neither are a great majority of the other refs. I hope she does a great job, and maybe this will open the door for other females to be considered for this position

  8. rpiotr01 says:
    Aug 6, 2012 12:00 PM
    An unqualified scab is an unqualified scab.

    You sound like a union member. Do you attend MEAC games?
    If not, you don’t know any more about her abilities than I do.

  9. It may be ominous that the last time the officials went on strike, 911 occurred. That event quickly ended the strike. In yet another conspiracy theory, maybe Tom Condon was part of that plot.

  10. Great, now penalty explanations will go on twice as long and after we’ll have to discuss how we “feel” about that…………..

  11. History in the making! Talk all the smack you want, but there are plenty of women out there in FAR better shape than men, and visa versa. If she can’t keep up, they’ll let her go. And when she out runs all the old farts, they’ll realize they should have done this a long time ago.

    Women aren’t just for cooking and cleaning anymore guys. We like Football too.

  12. Really, could she be any worse than whats been out there the last couple of years. Eye sight and rule knowledge is all she needs to be better than most. Most of them just guess on anything close and wait for the replay

  13. Why call her a replacement? She is a SCAB!

    Here is Jack London’s quote:

    “After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad, and the vampire, he had some awful substance left with which he made a scab. A scab is a two-legged animal with a corkscrew soul, a water brain, a combination backbone of jelly and glue. Where others have hearts, he carries a tumor of rotten principles. When a scab comes down the street, men turn their backs and Angels weep in Heaven, and the Devil shuts the gates of hell to keep him out….”[61]

  14. Since the NFL has become the NFFL (National Flag Football League) where players can’t make contact or they want to sue, I think women should be allowed to not only referee, but to play also.

    I mean, football is a Full Contact sport, like boxing. To take on a career in either sport and get upset because you have a little brain damage later, is a true sign of hypocrisy !

    If they remove any additional contact from the sport, I will no longer watch and females should definitely be allowed to play….especially the qb position, which is truly a flag football, no contact position.

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