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Several NFL officials have ties to the NCAA basketball tournament

At least three have worked the Final Four   Several officials work multiple sports from Pop Warner to the pros.  There is quite a history of NFL officials working major college basketball.  Currently, Gene Steratore (pictured) and Bill Vinovich work major college basketball.  But they are just the current in a long line of pro football officials…

Former NFL line judge Phares enjoying ‘normal’ weekends

Ron Phares completes first season of retirement For 43 years Ron Phares chased football players on fields all over the country.  This past season Phares, 69, enjoyed watching football games instead of officiating the contests.  Phares, along with Tom Barnes, retired just before the start of the 2012 season. Phares (who wore uniform number 10) …

HL, chain gang use special equipment to keep chains accurate on the field

You’ve seen it before; a sweep comes to the sideline and the ball carrier and several other players go crashing out of bounds while the chain gang drops their equipment and runs for their lives.  With the advent of instant replay, we’ve seen the chains set for a new series, but replay over-rules the call…