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

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.

Football officials in danger every time debris flies

A photo this past week from the Dallas Morning News (cover photo) illustrates the dangers of being an official. In Washington, a fan threw a full drink can on the field and it barely missed field judge Eugene Hall.There have been many stories and accounts of fans throwing debris on