Football Zebras™

Tag Archive for Gene Steratore

Boger, Carey, Parry out of playoffs

In an attempt to narrow down potential assignments, Football Zebras has learned from multiple sources that last year’s Super Bowl referee, Jerome Boger, did not receive a playoff assignment this season. Also not receiving an assignment are Mike Carey and John Parry. Missing the playoffs the year following a Super Bowl assignment is not unprecedented.…

Referee announcements have come a long way in 38 years

In 1975, the NFL decided to put a wireless microphone on the referee for penalty announcements.  Officiating boss Art McNally, wanted the officials to use this new technology very sparingly.  In those intervening 38 years, the microphone has evolved into a critical communication and teaching tool, as shown by Gene Steratore’s epic mini-rules clinic in…

Week 5 remainders

We have some leftover items from Week 5, so let’s serve them up before their expiration dates pass. Bengals lost timeout Prior to a Bengals 3rd-and-goal situation, the crew stopped the clock for a game clock adjustment. When the game clock was stopped, and additional three seconds ticked off the play clock, stopping at 6.…

Week 1 referee assignments

Ron Winter will have his crew on the first game of the Monday night doubleheader. Terry McAulay has the week off. Gene Steratore is confirmed for this game, after missing the entire preseason due to surgery on his Achilles tendon. Steratore’s last game was Dec. 22. Assignments were compiled with the assistance of Football-refs.com. Thursday,…