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Happy 70th birthday to retired NFL field judge and referee Pete Morelli. The 22-year official was born November 18, 1951.
Morelli worked 16 postseason games, which included 7 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XXXVI, as the field judge on referee Bernie Kukar’s crew.
Happy birthday to our own Ben Austro, who turns 50 today.
"I know we feature milestone birthdays on the website," said Austro. "But if you write a post for my 50th birthday, someone's going to be fired."
Ben started the site in 2009 when he wrote a post summarizing a press conference
Happy birthday to Football Zebras senior editor Mark Schultz who turns 50 today!
Mark is in his 10th season writing for the site. He is a high school official and spotter for University of Illinois radio broadcasts. Between all of the football in his life, Mark works in public relations for
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If you've followed Football Zebras for any length of time, you know that we break down football officiating and (hopefully) show you how difficult calling a football game is. Between interpreting complicated rules, avoiding getting run over by people twice their size, tuning out 50,000 people chanting
On this Christmas Day, 2020, we wish former NFL referee Ed Hochuli a happy 70th birthday.
Hochuli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Christmas Day, 1950. His family moved to Arizona when he was eight, and he has called Arizona home ever since.
In high school, Hochuli played football, basketball, wrestling and
Sometimes to know where you are, you have to know how you got there.
In a tumultuous year, it was a request for a moment of reflection and a simple gesture of peace before the kickoff of the NFL games. The commissioner obliged, and never a thought was made about political
The NFL's Washington franchise has officially retired their team name, which will take effect when a new team name is decided. In use for 87 seasons, the name controversy also had a small effect on which officials worked which games.
Referee Mike Carey took issue with the team and requested to
Somewhere in the middle of the 2008 season there was a call that challenged the interpretation of the rules. I was looking to verify my understanding, but everywhere I turned the play was through the lens of the team. It was the right call, even though it was controversial. It
One of the fun parts of being a dad is when a child wants to join the dad in an activity or hobby, or just wants to spend time together. I'm sure NFL officials are happy when their kids want to take up officiating. That happiness and pride, I'm sure,
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MLB umpire John Tumpane made the call of the year June 28.
But, he didn't make it on the field. In fact, he didn't even make the call at a ballpark.
On that day, Tumpane was in Pittsburgh, near PNC Park and walking to his hotel after lunch. He