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35 years ago: Holy Roller play revises rules

September 10, 1978: Raiders at Chargers

Ken Stabler deliberately (his own admission) fumbled the ball forward, and carnival-like antics by the Raiders propelled the ball towards a game-winning touchdown at the end of the game.

The next offseason, such an advance was made illegal. Now, a player who fumbles the ball inside of two minutes is the only member of his team allowed to advance the ball after recovering the fumble.

The venerable Jerry Markbreit was the referee.

Play begins at 1:57:30 if it does not cue automatically. [NBC Sports/NFL]

5-time Super Bowl line judge Beeks dies

Bob Beeks 1927–2012 Bob Beeks died on December 26, 2012, as reported by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He died on his 85th birthday.  According to his family, he suffered an apparent heart attack.  Beeks was a NFL line judge from 1968 to 1989.  He wore uniform number 59 for most of his career.  When he…

Who are the next white hats?

The NFL officiating staff is heavy on experience which is great news.  The flip side to this is that we will be seeing a higher than average number of officials retiring in the next one to three years. While there are many officials at all positions on the cusp of retirement, the most high profile…