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Week 3

Would Fail Mary be interception with regular referees on the field?

[Editor's note: In the wake of the collective bargaining agreement this week, our coverage switched off of the events on the field. To complete the record, we are posting some of our analysis from earlier in the week.] One talking point making the rounds prior to the imminent agreement between the NFL and the locked…

NFL loses credibility in assigning replacement officials

The “blooper reel” of funny, frustrating, and exasperating NFL replacement official mistakes was very extensive going into Monday Night Football in Week 3.  In one call, the “Fail Mary” smashed the blooper reel with a granite rock of mayhem, bewilderment, chaos, frustration, and questions about the quality of the product the National Football League is…

Week 2′s MNF meltdown crew hands out challenges, timeouts like Halloween candy

Week 3: 49ers at Vikings [Editor's note: This post has been significantly revised; see the explanation at the end.] Many considered it an egregious error by the replacement officials when the Seahawks gained an unearned fourth timeout in Week 1. What, then, is the appropriate adjective to modify the word error when a team is…