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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Shannon Eastin makes history — and breaks up a fake fight


Line judge Shannon Eastin stepped in to break up a mock fight between Cortland Finnegan (left) of the Rams and Stephen Tulloch of the Lions. (Paul Sancya / AP)
Shannon Eastin made NFL history Sunday and you know what? It just wasn’t that big a deal.

Eastin became the first woman to work a regular-season game, serving as line judge for the game between the St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions. Eastin, 42, is one of the replacement officials hired by the NFL, which has locked out regular game officials in a labor dispute.

She and the NFL chose to let her presence speak for itself, although last month she said, “I hope to show it really doesn’t matter if you are male or female.”

On Sunday, it didn’t. There was only one moment that drew attention to her and that came after the game, when, with a half-hearted skirmish occurring elsewhere on the field, she broke up faux fisticuffs between notorious yucksters and former Tennessee Titans teammates Cortland Finnegan of the Rams and Stephen Tulloch of the Lions.

Hey, this was a game involving Finnegan and the Lions. Honest mistake.

H/T Deadspin

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