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Replacement Ref Tells LeSean McCoy ‘I Need You For My Fantasy Team’

Ray Liotta’s doppelganger and the rest of the replacement refs had a tough time on Monday night (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After Week 1, we kind of gave the replacement referees a pass. Sure, they gave a team four timeouts, but they didn’t seem to be too bad for their first time out. Anarchy was not reached, so that’s a plus. And much like Trent Richardson’s knee, I assumed the officials would only get better in Week 2.

Well, we didn’t have anarchy this past weekend, but it was close. Fights broke out all over the league, and the scabs showed that they were completely incapable of maintaining order. Players and coaches outwardly disrespected the refs on the field. They were indecisive. They didn’t explain their calls. That Monday Night Football game alone had enough errors to fill the pages of an Ayn Rand novel, and you could have read “Atlas Shrugged” from cover to cover in the time it took to finish the first half. It was a collective effort that topped Sunday’s most cringe-worthy event regarding the refs.

The biggest sore spot for me was that while there were number of really, really cheap holding and pass interference calls made, the refs decided to repeatedly ignore the league’s most stressed point of importance when it comes to officiating in these past couple of years: Illegal hits to the head or leading with the helmet.

Armon Binns, crushed.

Sidney Rice, crushed.

Fred Davis, concussed.

Sean Lee, blown up.

Those are just the ones I recall off the top of my head. What do they all have in common? Not one of those hits was flagged as illegal.

The legality of those hits can be debated, but there’s no doubt that at least the last two deserved penalties. One of the major worries heading into the season was how the referees might compromise player safety. It was certainly true on Sunday.

And if that’s not bad enough, here’s this from Eagles running back LeSean McCoy:

“One of the refs was talking about his fantasy team, like ‘McCoy, come on, I need you for my fantasy,’ ahhh, what?!”

Uhhh, what?!

Now, McCoy didn’t say fantasy team, just fantasy. So maybe this is just a personal matter about someone’s preference. I know I’d fantasize about McCoy often if I was an Eagles fan. Oh, yeah.

But assuming McCoy isn’t joking, I guess I get this a little bit. I mean, these refs know they won’t have this gig and this stage much longer. They’ve never had a stage so grand on which to work in their lives, and it’s understandable that they might be a little starstruck.

But c’mon, man. Like they say when you score a touchdown, act like you’ve been there before. According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, officials aren’t allowed to play fantasy football. So, maybe that means this replacement ref loses his job soon.

Well, that’s one.

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