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Week 1 remainders

Whenever we have a few loose items to cover, we will run a remainders column at the end of the week. Here are some things that got our attention: Roughing the punter call stands In the first quarter of the first Monday night game, Lions special teamer Jerome Couplin drew a roughing-the-punter penalty for his…

Week 2 referee assignments

hochuli fisher

Ed Hochuli (shown here last week talking to Rams coach Jeff Fisher) has the Thursday night debut for the Tiffany Network. Bill Leavy and his crew is off this week. Thursday, Sept. 11 Steelers at Ravens CBSNFLN —  Ed Hochuli Sunday, Sept. 14 Dolphins at Bills — Clete Blakeman Jaguars at Washington — Ronald Torbert…

Fail Mary was a failure beyond the field


Commentary by Ben Austro The play was one in a million. You could work the triple shifts in peewee right up through three decades in the NFL and still not see a simultaneous catch call like this (video). The Packers-Seahawks meeting in 2012 was the end of the seventh full week of games, including the…