Officials used to use a gunshot to signal the end to a quarter or half

It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that dated back to the start of pro football up until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994. When the NFL was in its infancy and up through the 1960s,

The day the NFL had 8 officials on the field

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'yQwLvUekStBt_3dUtaYYdg',sig:'yxZrsOZcsCfo-JT8lLijpQmpJ9JciPHKskK-M0MkcDM=',w:'594px',h:'375px',items:'80188612,52132225',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); 1948 NFL Championship: Chicago Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles From all appearances in the city of Brotherly Love on Dec. 19, 1948, there was not to be a football game that day. With a thick fresh blanket of snow on the ground, Eagles halfback Steve

First-down spots limit the necessity for too many measurements

We have published stories over the years concerning the first down chains and how the chain crews work the equipment. While the chain gang is very competent, officials want to avoid bringing the chains in for a measurement whenever possible. They want to keep the game moving and sometimes measurements cause

Listen when crew mates want to talk about a call

Embed from Getty Images Pete Morelli's crew appeared to break down during a call in Week 4, as side judge Boris Cheek threw a flag for a horse collar tackle, that simply wasn't there. After a lengthy and sometimes animated discussion with his crew mates, Morelli announced the 15-yard penalty. First of

NFL trying out two new kicking game mechanics this preseason

The NFL is using two new kicking mechanics this season on field goal and extra point attempts and on free kicks (kickoffs).  Football Zebras contacted the NFL officiating office to see if these changes are a preseason experiment or will be permanent; however the NFL did not respond to our request at