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Parry playoff crew displays shock and awe in calling a strict game

Embed from Getty Images     John Parry’s crew set the tone in the pregame warm-ups: There would not be a repeat of the Week 14 nonsense between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. That game featured several altercations that later drew league fines. Parry’s crew put on a visible display in the pregame. The…

Our playoff predictions: Split between Walts, Corrente a top consensus

Embed from Getty Images   Football Zebras commentary Our annual tradition is to predict which referees are assigned to the postseason and the Pro Bowl. As we find every year, there tends to be a razor-thin line at the playoff cut, so an omission on this list does not necessarily mean we thought the referee…

We’ve seen this before: Lack of experience part of the problem in 2015

View image | gettyimages.com   Too many new(er) officials can make for a rocky season The 1990s were a time of upheaval for NFL officiating. Art McNally retired after a long career as the NFL officiating boss. Jerry Seeman succeeded McNally. Seeman was ready build on McNally’s work and that work included making an imprint…

Punishments for a ‘fast public-relations fix’ do not improve officiating

Commentary by Mark Schultz I have had a lot of thoughts going through my mind as the football season nears the halfway point. Fan reaction to tough judgement calls or admitted errors on various message boards — including our forum, Behind the Football Stripes — have summoned overheated calls for the termination of individual officials…