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Week 1

Do replacements have game admin skills?

[Editor's note: This is our weekly entry on officiating at National Football Post.] Few things are certain in life: death and taxes — and football officials will make errors. If pass interference isn’t called, it is in most cases a judgment call and not a problem, so long as it is applied consistently. If encroachment…

Rams time management nixed by clock op

Week 1: Rams at Lions 4th quarter | 2:45 remaining | Tied 20-20 | STL ball | 2 & 12 @ DET 31 “First, let me explain this to you,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher prefaced his comments. “This is separate from the officiating. This is a clock operator error.” Fisher, who also serves on…

Monday night referee live blog

We will be tracking the officiating in the two Monday night games concluding the opening weekend of 2012. If you see something or have questions, post them in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras. Officials spotter’s charts are in this post.

Seahawks granted 4th timeout in error

Seahawks at Cardinals 4th qtr | :31 | AZ 20-16 | SEA ball | 2nd & goal @ 5  | video In the waning seconds of the game with the Seahawks trailing, a complete misapplication of the rules by the replacement officials nearly reversed the result of the game. If an injury occurs in the…

Quick calls, Week 1

Watch here for a rundown of the calls that are under discussion today. Did you see something? Hit the comments section of this post or tweet us @footballzebras. Also, here are the rule changes for 2012: Overtime follows the modified sudden-death rules if a field goal is scored on the first possession of overtime 12…