It never was about black or white, but whether stripes were earned fairly

Controversy not about Jerome Boger, but about broken system Special report: Super Bowl XLVII assignment controversy The NFL is defending its referee assignment system that many of its referees find is broken. "Jerome Boger was the number one rated official in 2012, and is here because he deserves to be here and for

NFL fixed grades for desired Super Bowl ref

Boger has clean slate as bad marks were wiped a Football Zebras special report This season began with the NFL using a pool of replacement officials who were retired or came from lower college divisions and junior colleges. It will end with the NFL using a referee who might not be the

Super Bowl officials on field for divisionals?

McAulay, Leavy likely for conference title games Boger, lacking prerequisites, still rumored as top referee This year, the speculation of the postseason assignments seems to be rampant, compared with previous years. For the past decade, regular season officiating crews stayed largely intact, qualifying as a group, with a few substitutions for higher

Officials frozen out of playoffs learn fate

Although it won't be until the middle of next week (at the earliest) that the Divisional Playoff assignments will be known, some officials have already been informed that their services will not be needed this postseason. While the message may be cold, it spares officials from sitting on pins and

HL McKenzie moved off Redskins game

Head linesman Dana McKenzie won't have to worry about Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall this weekend. To avoid a potential issue, the league has moved his assignment some 35 miles up the road. CSN Washington reporters Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir are saying that McKenzie is not working the Redskins home playoff