NFL tells teams to stop abusing officials

Embed from Getty Images The NFL, in an attempt to protect its officials, sent a memo to all teams on Monday warning of "significant" punishment if players and coaches continue to physically and verbally abuse officials. According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, wrote, "In

FJ Fitz Graf, veteran of 4 Super Bowls and Ice Bowl, passes away at 94

  Frederick "Fritz" Graf, 1922-2017 Former NFL field judge, Fritz Graf, who called four Super Bowls, and was on the field for The Ice Bowl, died November 29, at the age of 94. At the time of his death, we think he was the oldest surviving official. Graf was a native of Akron,

Rob Gronkowski suspended for flagrant hit

  Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is suspended one game for a flagrant hit following an interception (video). Gronkowski was apparently frustrated following the interception, possibly exacerbated by the contact on that route, and landed on Bills defensive back Tre'Davious White on the sideline. White left the game with a concussion. The contact on

Crabtree and Talib suspended for all-out brawl

Update 11/28: The appeals process has reduced the suspensions of Crabtree and Talib to 1 game each, as reported by Adam Schefter citing a source. Therefore, they are now removed from the multigame suspension chart, and the original post appears below. The league has come down hard on the two major

Three ejected after major fight in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders Michael Crabtree and Gabe Jackson, along with the Denver Broncos Aqib Talib were ejected by referee Walt Anderson's crew after a major fight (video). It started when Talib and Crabtree took their downfield blocking well out of bounds. As side judge Laird Hayes threw his flag and waded

Ravens Ryan Mallett fined $12,154 for verbal abuse of officials

It is not often that NFL officials throw a flag for what is said on the field, so when they do, it is particularly noteworthy. The Ravens bench was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct foul, and it was later identified the foul was incurred by backup quarterback Ryan Mallett (shown above entering