Mason L. "Red" Cashion Jr., 1931-2019
Red Cashion, perhaps one of the most recognizable NFL referees in the 1980s and '90s and who delighted millions with his enthusiastic "First dowwwwn" call, passed away Sunday at the age of 87, according to a report from The Eagle of Bryan, Texas.
Cashion worked 25 seasons
Here is the final photo album of the season, courtesy of team photographers and Getty Images. Click on a photo to begin the gallery.
The Super Bowl is over, and thankfully we aren't breaking down any officiating controversies today.
But there are some interesting officiating nuggets to note.
1. No replays
Replay official Jim Lapetina was busy yesterday, but he never had to buzz in with a booth challenge. There were a few plays where I was
It's here. Six months of football culminate in Super Bowl LIII.
While the Rams and Patriots do battle on the gridiron, my eyes will be focusing on the Super Bowl LIII officiating crew. Here's what I'm looking for as I zebra watch.
1. The coin toss
The Super Bowl coin toss is the
Officials from pee-wee games to the Super Bowl all use a very simple piece of equipment to keep track of the downs.
All officials wear an elastic band around their wrist and a loop attached to the band. The officials move the loop over their finger or fingers to show the
Arthur J. Holst, 1922 - 2018
Art Holst (pictured above, second from the right, in glasses) passed away December 18, 2018, at age 96. At the time of his death, we think he is was the oldest-living official.
Holst was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1922, and lived most of his adult
Let's meet the Super Bowl LIII crew in photos, courtesy of team photographers and Getty Images. Click on a photo to begin the gallery.
The coveted white hat worn by the referee
There are two referee openings for the 2019 season after Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli retired. So far, they are the only two referees we know who have retired.
There are very few chances for the NFL to test officials for future referee openings.
As John Parry and the Super Bowl LIII crew prepare for the big game on Sunday, here are a few notes I found as I analyzed the crew.
1. Bergman sets a gap record
Jeff Bergman's Super Bowl appearance this Sunday will set a record for the number of years between Super
Dale Shaw (Tennessee Titans)
It was another great football season and, for us, there were several officiating stories from 2018. Here are the seven that stood out to me.
1. Hugo Cruz fired
In one of the most shocking events of the year, the NFL fired down judge Hugo Cruz in mid-season. This