It's always hard for officials to be away from home on a special holiday. So it was for referee John McDonough and his officiating crew, scheduled to work the Christmas Day divisional playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the visiting Miami Dolphins.
McDonough, who officiated Super Bowl IV, and
It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that dated back to the start of pro football up until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994.
When the NFL was in its infancy and up through the 1960s,
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, attain the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
We've all seen those late season brutally cold games.Â The coaches are wearing layers.Â The players sit on heated benches and warm their hands in front of red-hot blowers.Â The players enjoy those luxuries when they are on the bench, but for the official, he never comes out of the