Tag Archives: Lions

Media tape: clock on penalties, spot on slide, tangled feet PI

The latest media tape by Dean Blandino has been posted by the NFL, which we will use as the weekly training tape on unusual calls. The vice president of officiating discussed these calls: The clock remains stopped on penalties inside … Continue reading

Schwartz, now careful to challenge, misses replay opportunity on bad advice

Week 7: Bengals at Lions Lions coach Jim Schwartz is very cautious now about launching the red challenge flag, after being burned by a since-overturned rule last season. On Sunday, he asked if he was allowed a challenge, and, according … Continue reading

After Further Review: Even Philly thinks Giants should have won challenge

Image: Dallas Cowboys photo First, our quick calls [Football Zebras] The pink penalty flags did cause some confusion with the players’ pink towels, all symbolic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, a clock operator briefly stopped the clock because one … Continue reading

Training tape: defenseless receiver, taunting, clock on out-of-bounds fumble

Also, both feet touching the ground in bounds and the mechanics for a fair catch kick. Continue reading

After Further Review: Bolts halt 2 games

Referee  John Parry awaits with an NFL official in the CenturyLink Field tunnel during a lightning delay in the first quarter of the 49ers-Seahawks game. Here are some of the items making news this week: Quick calls from Week 2 … Continue reading

Former graders: Split decision on Cruz catch

Football Zebras Roundtable We covered at length the differences between two process-of-the-catch calls from Sunday’s games. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a touchdown taken away because he bobbled the ball as he went to the ground. Giants receiver Victor Cruz … Continue reading

Pereira: No recourse if helmet speaker fails

  Fox Sports rules analyst on what went right, wrong in Week 1 Fox Sports made an inspired move when they hired former NFL vice president for officiating Mike Pereira.  For four years, Pereira has explained difficult rulings and calls … Continue reading

Differences between Cruz, Megatron catches not blurred lines in rulebook

The process of the catch seems to be one of those Week 1 staples, as we reported in Week 1 of 2009 and 2010. And this week, we have Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, just like in 2010, involved in a … Continue reading

Quick calls: Week 1

Did you see a call in the kickoff weekend that needs our attention? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras. We have the week 1 assignments and the crew lists available for your review.

Fail Mary replay official moved off SNF

Football Zebras.com exclusive Referee Tony Corrente will have his entire crew on the field tonight, but in the replay booth, there was a last-minute substitution. Replay official Howard Slavin works with Corrente’s crew this season, but the league pulled him … Continue reading