Referee assignments for Wild Card games: Anderson, Vinovich, Triplette, Hochuli

Wildcard_10Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation.

All times are Eastern.

Three alternates are assigned to each game: one is designated for the offensive backfield (a referee or umpire), one is on the line of scrimmage (head linesman or line judge), and one is a deep position (side judge, field judge, or back judge).

The prior playoff experience listed for the crew chief includes his service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments).

Saturday, Jan. 4

AFC Wild Card: Chiefs at Colts, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)

Walt Anderson is the referee, who is in his 18th season and 11th as referee. This is Anderson’s 16th postseason assignment (8 Wild Card Playoffs, 2 Divisional Playoffs, 4 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls XXXV and XLV).

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 18   Texas college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 44 Jeff Rice 19 Anderson Northwestern attorney
HL 22 Steve Stelljes 12 Anderson Friends business planning manager
LJ 108 Gary Arthur 17 Winter Wright State president, commercial printing company
FJ 82 Buddy Horton 15 Anderson Oregon State water service worker
SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum 13 Carey Illinois Wesleyan financial consultant
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 14 Leavy San Jose State sales
  • Alternates: Undrey Wash (backfield), Ed Camp (linesman), Laird Hayes (deep)
  • Replay official: Bob McGrath
  • Replay assistant: Russell Yurk
  • Supervisor: TBA
  • Observer: TBA

Last season, Stelljes was assigned to the Super Bowl and Rosenbaum to the AFC Conference Championship.

NFC Wild Card: Saints at Eagles, 8 p.m. (NBC)

Bill Vinovich is the referee, who is in his 8th year and 5th as referee. This is his 5th postseason assignment (2 Wild Card Playoffs, 2 Divisional Playoffs, and 1 Conference Championship).

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 9   San Diego accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U 81 Roy Ellison 11 Coleman Savannah State technical staff member
HL 91 Jerry Bergman 12 Coleman Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 13 Leavy Salem teacher
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 17 Vinovich Hofstra attorney
SJ 58 Jimmy DeBell 5 Vinovich SUNY-Brockport physical education teacher and golf coach
BJ 63 Jim Quirk 4 Vinovich Middlebury financial advisor
  • Alternates: Scott Green (backfield), Jeff Lamberth (linesman), Jimmy Buchanan (deep)
  • Replay official: Bill Spyksma
  • Replay assistant: Terry Sullivan
  • Supervisor: TBA
  • Observer: TBA

Sunday, Jan. 5

AFC Wild Card: Chargers at Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Jeff Triplette is the referee, who is in his 18th season and 15th as referee. This is Triplette’s 12th postseason assignment (7 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, and 1 Conference Championship).

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 42 Jeff Triplette 18   Wake Forest restructuring consultant
U 40 Butch Hannah 15 Triplette Middle Tennessee State retired federal probation officer
HL 5 John McGrath 12 Leavy Kentucky vice president of sales
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 22 Triplette Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 12 Coleman SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
SJ 116 Mike Weatherford 12 Steratore Oklahoma State energy trader
BJ 12 Greg Steed 11 Winter Howard computer systems analyst
  • Alternates: Phil McKinnely (linesman), Dave Meslow (deep), Tony Steratore (deep)
  • Replay official: Al Hynes
  • Replay assistant: Don Langeloh
  • Supervisor: TBA
  • Observer: TBA

NFC Wild Card: 49ers at Packers, 4:30 p.m. (Fox)

Ed Hochuli is the referee. This is his 24th year as referee and 22nd as referee. This is Hochuli’s 22nd postseason assignment, the most of any active official (7 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, 7 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls XXXII and XXXVIII).

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 85 Ed Hochuli 24   Texas-El Paso attorney
U 49 Rich Hall 10 Hochuli Arizona custom cabinetry
HL 28 Mark Hittner 17 Hochuli Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 107 Ron Marinucci 17 Blakeman Glassboro State vice president, novelty cone company
FJ 50 Mike Weir 12 Carey Missouri owner, sporting goods store
SJ 95 James Coleman 9 McAulay Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 27 Lee Dyer 11 McAulay Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager
  • Alternates: Mike Spanier (linesman), Larry Rose (deep), Terry Brown (deep)
  • Replay official: Tom Sifferman
  • Replay assistant: Roger Ruth
  • Supervisor: TBA
  • Observer: TBA
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39 Responses to Referee assignments for Wild Card games: Anderson, Vinovich, Triplette, Hochuli

  1. C.J. Tompkins says:

    Big game for “Guns.” I think if there are no issues in Green Bay, he’s getting the Super Bowl assignment. As noted earlier, the Triplette assignment is a frickin’ joke, especially back in Cincinnati.

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  11. Tony says:

    No Bill Leavy???

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  20. Observer2 says:

    So, you get suspended for using foulmlanguage toward a player, and you get a playoff game?! Amazing, simply amazing. If a replacement did that last year, heck, even a HS or NCAA official, you would never work again! Any other profession you would be fired.

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  22. Stoxdude says:

    Meslow gets rewarded for setting aside the sideline rule in the Steelers vs Ravens game. That should have resulted in his suspension and disqualification from post season. That was an egregious non call that could have affected the outcome of the game.

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  25. Stoxdude says:

    Meslow deserves to be suspended not rewarded for that non call involving Tomlin on the sidelines in Baltimore. That had to be the worst non call of the season. He set aside a rule!

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  36. Glenn Bamlet says:

    Stay warm you 2 Arizona boys (Ed and Rich). Have a great game!

  37. pat thompson says:

    Ed Hochuli is by far one of the best referees in the NFL…His in depth comments show a masterful knowledge of the game Love every game I see him officiate!

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