Tag Archives: Clete Blakeman

NFL getting their stripes in a row for 2014

League has several shoes to fill in the offseason The Super Bowl is fast fading into the rear view mirror and we now enter what is called the “dark period” in regard to NFL officiating.  According to the collective bargaining … Continue reading

Divisional playoff liveblog: Chargers at Broncos

Live blog coverage for the AFC Divisional Playoff in Denver

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Referee assignments for Divisional round: Blakeman, Cheffers, McAulay, Morelli

Clete Blakeman, Carl Cheffers, Terry McAulay, and Pete Morelli are the referees in the Divisional Playoffs. Continue reading

Our playoff predictions: Morelli, McAulay consensus in top slots

Football Zebras commentary Week 17 is upon us, meaning that the final evaluations for officials vying for playoff positions are being determined. Officials will not be informed of the Wild Card Playoff assignments until the middle of the upcoming week. … Continue reading

2 reasons why Le’Veon Bell helmet-less TD can never be TD

Player safety must trump exceptions to the rule During the Ravens-Steelers Thanksgiving night football game, the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell was lunging toward the goal line when he was hit with a devastating blow from the Ravens, knocking his helmet off.  … Continue reading

Patriots get interference flag on last-second play, seconds later flag picked up

Game ends on defensive pass interception Post updates: comments from former supervisor Jim Daopoulos and pool report with referee Clete Blakeman With three seconds to go, down by 4, and with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the helm, you know … Continue reading

After Further Review: Safety is number 1 priority

Some of the officiating news items from Sunday: A couple of puzzling replay reviews: Mike Carey allowed a catch to stand, despite clear evidence the pass was incomplete, according to our Roundtable experts [Ben Austro, Football Zebras]. Bill Vinovich ruled … Continue reading

Officiating experts break down Week 12 calls

Pereira and Daopoulos analyze the officials Former NFL vice president of officiating and current Fox Sports officiating expert Mike Pereira and former NFL supervisor and current NBC Sports Network officiating expert Jim Daopoulos had many situations to explain during their … Continue reading

1 blown call does not ruin playoff chances

When discussing football officiating, it is easy to say, “Forget so-and-so for the playoff this year after that blown call.”  While fans might wish a playoff blackball for an official who makes an error, the NFL simply does not operate … Continue reading

Clock running during measurement missed by 1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7 officials

Spot of ball in OT hurry-up offense also prominent mistake There is no real ranking to the worst mistakes an official can make, other than outright lying about a call. Last week we said that the inadvertent whistle was almost … Continue reading