Super Bowl assignment a triumph for Vinovich on many levels

View image | gettyimages.com Referee overcomes life threatening illness and long layoff You might excuse Bill Vinovich if he feels a little extra emotional on Sunday.  Eight years ago, the thought of working a Super Bowl was the last thing on the referee's mind.  In April 2007, Vinovich's goal was to survive

Stuart Scott 1965-2015

We remember with heavy hearts a life well lived, and well loved. "When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live." -- Stuart Scott

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

Keeping cool when getting an earful

If you can keep your head when all about you  Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you ... If—, Rudyard Kipling Kipling was never a professional or amateur football official, but just about every sports official claims that famous poem as a motto.  Each

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

Live blog: Packers at 49ers

NFC Divisional Playoff We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the Packers-49ers game. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras. Today’s crew is headed by