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Week 1 remainders

Whenever we have a few loose items to cover, we will run a remainders column at the end of the week. Here are some things that got our attention: Roughing the punter call stands In the first quarter of the first Monday night game, Lions special teamer Jerome Couplin drew a roughing-the-punter penalty for his…

Week 1 officiating video: Points of emphasis, substitutions, and fumble-recovery reviews

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino released his weekly video on Friday (download) discussing some controversial and noteworthy calls for Week 1. As we expected, illegal contact, defensive holding and instant replay were among the points discussed. By the Numbers Total number of fouls was down in Week 1 from Preseason with an average…

Fail Mary was a failure beyond the field


Commentary by Ben Austro The play was one in a million. You could work the triple shifts in peewee right up through three decades in the NFL and still not see a simultaneous catch call like this (video). The Packers-Seahawks meeting in 2012 was the end of the seventh full week of games, including the…

Former NFL official Sid Semon passes away

Sid Semon, 1935 – 2014 Former NFL head linesman Sid Semon has died.  According to his obituary, Mr. Semon died this past July 15 at the age of 78. Semon attended USC and played baseball for the school.  After college, he taught high school science in the Los Angeles area for 35-years and coached baseball,…

NFL retires Jerry Seeman’s jersey number


No. 70 will never be worn again by an official The NFL made history this weekend at its officiating clinic in Dallas, as it announced that it will retire the number 70 jersey in honor of former NFL referee and supervisor of officials, Jerry Seeman.  Seeman worked Super Bowls XXIII and XXV as a referee,…


Jeff Darlington reports from the Officials Clinic in Dallas for NFL Network.