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Tony Corrente was scheduled to referee Fail Mary game



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



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



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 | NFC…

Replay reversals don’t come easy



View image | 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…