Posted Wed Sep 12th by Jon Heath
On Sunday, replacement referee Kevin Akin was the head linesman for the Browns–Eagles Week 1 match-up. Philadelphia defeated Cleveland in the game by a score of 17-16 following a late game go-ahead-touchdown pass from quarter Michael Vick.
That same ref—Kevin Akin—will be working the Broncos–Falcons game on Monday Night Football next week. On Tuesday, Akin was in Bethany, Oklahoma, according to Deadspin, reffing a middle school game between Bethany Middle School and Casady.
Akin, a Division II college referee, became a replacement ref for NFL games temporarily while the NFL Referee Union and the league workout an ongoing labor dispute. Despite the fact that he’s working the big games these days, Akin apparently still handles middle school games, if only on occasion.
It’s not comforting that a middle school referee will be responsible for calling a fair game on Sunday, but until the NFL and the real referees can come to a labor agreement, it’s something we may have to get used to. Is it Monday yet?