Candidates for white hat in 2019

The coveted white hat worn by the referee There are two referee openings for the 2019 season after Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli retired. So far, they are the only two referees we know who have retired. There are very few chances for the NFL to test officials for future referee openings.

7 officiating observations for the 2018 season

Dale Shaw (Tennessee Titans) It was another great football season and, for us, there were several officiating stories from 2018. Here are the seven that stood out to me. 1. Hugo Cruz fired In one of the most shocking events of the year, the NFL fired down judge Hugo Cruz in mid-season. This

Week 17 referee assignments

Embed from Getty Images Walt Anderson will be the referee for Game 256 — the Sunday night game which will determine if either the Tennessee Titans or Indianapolis Colts extend their season into January. Tony Corrente and his crew have the week off. All games are on Sunday and are listed below

Week 16 referee assignments

Embed from Getty Images John Hussey and Clete Blakeman will be working the Saturday night games in Tennessee and Los Angeles, respectively. Bill Vinovich now has his sixth Sunday Night Football game this year (two were games flexed into primetime). Carl Cheffers will be working on Christmas Eve for the last Monday

Umpire Roy Ellison fined game check for player dust-up, reinstated from administrative leave

The NFL fined umpire Roy Ellison a game check ($9,300) and re-instated him for Week 15, after the league placed him on administrative leave to investigate a post-game confrontation with the Buffalo Bills Jerry Hughes in Week 13. Tom Pelissero, a reporter for, tweeted the information. Hughes sought out Ellison

Week 15 referee assignments

Embed from Getty Images Walt Anderson begins the fifteenth week of the season with the Thursday night game in Kansas City. This is his third Thursday night game of the year, and the second in three weeks. Brad Allen and Clay Martin will be working the two Saturday night games in

Week 14 referee assignments John Parry will lead his crew into Nashville, Tenn. for Thursday night's game between the Jaguars and Titans. Clay Martin is off this week. As mentioned last week, the policy of not working two home games for a certain team in the regular season appears to have been removed. This week

Week 13 referee assignments

Embed from Getty Images Walt Anderson will be in Dallas this week for the Thursday night game between the Saints and Cowboys. All teams have had their bye weeks, so we are back to 16 crews active each week; John Hussey and his crew are off this week. In the past, crews