College football referee Ron Cherry retires

Embed from Getty Images   Ron Cherry, one of the most recognizable college football referees for the last decade, has retired according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cherry suffered a head injury in the USC-Notre Dame game last season and underwent emergency neurosurgery a month later to remove a blood clot. Famous calls Cherry officiated football

New officiating leadership team strong and prepared

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Embed from Getty Images   The new officiating year starts today and the NFL leadership team is in place -- Al Riveron as senior vice president of officiating, Wayne Mackie as vice president of officiating evaluation and development and Russell Yurk as vice president of replay and administration. Due to the relatively short notice

VP of officiating: who WANTS this job?!

Embed from Getty Images   Former vice president of officiating, Mike Pereira (pictured above), knew every Monday during the football season would be busy. In his book, After Further Review, Pereira wrote that he could predict what coaches would be calling and what they wanted to talk about. He had to field calls,

Making the impossible call

Embed from Getty Images   Nothing compares to the speed of a NFL game. While I've never been on the field for one, I worked on the chain gang at a Division I NCAA game one level down from the pros. The speed at that level was dizzying. I can only imagine

6 officiating observations from Super Bowl LI

Embed from Getty Images   Well it finally happened. Overtime in the Super Bowl. For the first three quarters I didn't have much to write about for this article but boy, did the fourth quarter change that! In no particular order, here are the six officiating observations from Super Bowl LI. 1. Officials let

Concentration is key to avoiding wrong-way flags and other errors

Detroit Lions fans were aghast and pundits hooted at Jeff Triplette's crew during Week 14 as umpire Shawn Smith called an illegal hands to the face foul. The foul was there, but Smith called it on the wrong team. The Bears were guilty of the infraction, but Smith called it

Anderson and crew will be downgraded, but no further discipline

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL will not fine or suspend any members of Walt Anderson's crew for some missed calls in a controversial Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and Bills. In the past, the NFL has fined officials game checks and suspended officials due to judgement calls, rule misapplications, or