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Category: Follow-up

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 given by Dean…

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 on the Lions. How could…

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…