The replacement referees have been the talk of the National Football League during the first two weeks of the season.
It’s been worse than anyone has expected. They’ve missed obvious calls. They’re clearly afraid to call some penalties. They’re slow and cause the games to take much longer. And a lot of them are making it pretty obvious that they’re fans of certain teams and players.
The big story right now is that Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy claims that a replacement ref told him during the game that he needs him for his fantasy team. Here is the tweet by Marc Farzetta, a host and anchor for Philadelphia’s WIP radio station.
Lesean McCoy tells @sportsradiowip that a replacement ref told him Sunday, “McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy [team]”
— Marc Farzetta (@MarcFarzetta) September 18, 2012
If the league looks into this story and finds it true, I expect the ref to be disciplined. I’m not sure if he would be fined, suspended, or fired, but these refs cannot be fans of the game while they are doing their job. That’s completely unacceptable in every aspect.
By the way, McCoy rushed 25 times for 81 yards and a touchdown, plus a lost fumble. The Eagles squeaked out a 24-23 victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
No word yet on whether the ref won his fantasy match-up this week.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. You can follow Bryn on Twitter by clicking here and here. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.