Football Zebras™

Author Archive for Ben Austro

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of FootballZebras.com

Tony Corrente was scheduled to referee Fail Mary game

failmary

Football Zebras reported in September that referee Tony Corrente was originally scheduled for the Fail Mary game — the infamous 2012 Monday Night Football game between the Packers and the Seahawks. The league kept two sets of schedules through that season’s referee lockout, but without a resolution in the labor impasse, the league’s backup schedule…

Bill Vinovich confirmed as referee for Super Bowl XLIX

sb_vinovich

Football Zebras exclusive Bill Vinovich will be the referee heading the Super Bowl officiating staff on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. Multiple sources have confirmed the Vinovich assignment and most of the crew that Football Zebras determined last week after reviewing qualification criteria and playoff assignment patterns. The assignments were officially given to the crew…

Tony Corrente and Walt Anderson are referees in Conference Championships

week20

Football Zebras exclusive Football Zebras has confirmed that Tony Corrente and Walt Anderson will be the referees for the conference championship games. Corrente will have the NFC game between the Packers and Seahawks; Anderson will be heading the crew for the AFC title match between the Colts and the Patriots. View image | gettyimages.com NFC…

Replay reversals don’t come easy

RESTRICTED IMAGE

View image | gettyimages.com 2014 final replay statistics The replay reversal rate crashed this year, based largely on the interventionist role vice president of officiating Dean Blandino played this year. Referees were allowed to consult with the officiating command center starting this year, but Jarrett Bell of USA Today reports that Blandino and senior supervisor…

Faceguarding call lead to bizarre pass-interference flag pickup

week18

View image | gettyimages.com During the fourth quarter, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a third-down pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and there was a flag for pass interference on Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Referee Pete Morelli announced the penalty, but then picked up the flag. The television broadcast did not carry the second announcement,…