The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, achieve the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
Dean Blandino, the NFL vice president of officiating, released his weekly media tape discussing the calls of the previous week (video download).
First, Blandino addressed the preventative officiating mechanics of umpire Carl Paganelli signaling to Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower that he was in an illegal formation over center on the Jets
McAulay crew handles first dud Super Bowl in 10 years
Well, this year's Super Bowl will not go down as a classic in terms of excitement, but the Seahawks' defensive performance will be talked about for a long time. Peyton Manning's future and legacy (rightly or wrongly) will be hot topics
I enjoy historic aspects of NFL officiating and as we get ready to zebra watch in Super Bowl XLVIII here are some interesting nuggets regarding officiating in the Super Bowl.
Field judge Scott Steenson sets the record for most years between return trips. Steenson worked Super Bowl XXXI, and makes his
Terry McAulay will lead a crew of excellent and distinguished officials in this year’s Super Bowl. This will be his third Super Bowl (XXXIX, XLIII), umpire Carl Paganelli's fourth (XXXIX, XLI, XLVI), and field judge Scott Steenson’s second (XXXI). Even though it will be the first Super Bowl for the
Updated Friday, Jan. 10 to include full crews
Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee's name), college, and outside occupation.
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Officials double check with each other on tight and routine calls
NFL officials each have a specific area and specific player or players to watch during each play. But do you know that officials also watch each other during a play? The glance may be a few hundredths of a second,
Sunday night was Hochuli ×2 ('Gun and Pistol' night?)
Earlier this week, NFL back judge Steve Freeman officiated a game with his son, Brad. Also this week, Ed Hochuli got to officiate a preseason game with his son, Shawn. Both Brad Freeman and Shawn Hochuli are part of the developmental program
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Giants at Cardinals
Victor Cruz's catch has become its own post.
Jerome Boger's crew had a simultaneous timeout call from the Giants' sideline and a