The Super Bowl is over, and thankfully we aren't breaking down any officiating controversies today. But there are some interesting officiating nuggets to note. 1. No replays Replay official Jim Lapetina was busy yesterday, but he never had to buzz in with a booth challenge. There were a few plays where I was
Super Bowl LIII is fast approaching and the officiating crew assignment is approaching faster. Traditionally, the Super Bowl referee officiates on the field in one divisional playoff game. If the NFL follows that tradition, one of the four referees this weekend will toss the coin the first Sunday in February. Since
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 tends to be
Analysis by Rich Madrid A potentially controversial sequence of events occurred late in the second half of the Packers-Falcons game when it appeared that two different players possibly threw punches that could've have warranted ejections. Late in the second quarter as the Packers were driving down the field before half time, quarterback
The current NFL rule/fine structure that punishes players and coaches from accosting officials do nothing, and it is time for the NFL to start suspending players and coaches who make it a point to berate officials after the game. There were two high-profile incidents this weekend where players made it a
Commentary by Ben Austro The transition was expected to be bumpy. Before owners convened in Orlando in March, there wasn't even a proposal on the table for one of the game's monumental shifts toward player safety. The Competition Committee called an audible, and what became this year's "use of the helmet"
Commentary and analysis by Ben Austro Al Riveron has opened the annual officiating clinic in Plano, Texas, with an extraordinarily busy agenda to complete. It is not hyperbole to say the success of the season depends on what is accomplished at the clinic. There is also ample evidence that Riveron is in