7 officiating observations from the 2021 season

Commentary by Mark Schultz We made it through another season, and here are the officiating related things I noticed during the 18-week regular season. Expedited replay is a success I was skeptical at first, but once the bugs got worked out, the "replay assistance rule" turned into a valuable officiating tool this year. In

Let them talk! We need detailed referee announcements

Over the years, we've chronicled the evolution of the referee microphone, from it's humble beginnings to it being used as a valuable teaching and explaining tool. While some people might have snickered or rolled their eyes at long-winded announcements, they could not deny they knew what happened and why the officials

2 NCAA coaches ejected this season. Are college conferences getting a backbone?

Commentary by Mark Schultz For the second time in the 2021 college football season, a Division I-FBS coach has been ejected for two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. This past Saturday, Mountain West Conference referee Christian Watson sent Colorado State head coach Steve Addazio to the showers before halftime. https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1464804878908276739 While the announcers expressed shock at

Our playoff predictions: Corrente, Hussey, and Torbert top our rankings

Embed from Getty Images Football Zebras commentary Editor’s note: The Wild Card assignments were released sooner than expected, but our predictions below were set before we received the assignment list. Our annual tradition is to predict which referees are assigned to the postseason and the Pro Bowl. As we find every year, there

Coaches’ behavior in the NCAA is becoming unacceptable. Again.

Commentary by Mark Schultz The NCAA coach–official relationship reached a critical stage in 2016 as many college coaches regularly stomped onto the field, wildly gestured, cussed, threw things and physically intimidated the officials. The officials were taught to kill the coaches with kindness, but many coaches plowed ahead and tried to bend

On cancelling sports

Sports is often said to be the escape from the reality of the world. There are no sports for now. There is no escape. All we have is the reality of the world. We so revere sports in our culture, we build these monumental cathedrals to hold their contests. Many times

What’s to come in the 2020 offseason?

Embed from Getty Images The confetti is cleared. The countdowns have reset. Tampa is already beginning their preparation to host Super Bowl LV. This means that the NFL offseason has begun, and there are several items on the agenda for the officiating department, both in terms of rules and personnel. The