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Fun with flags, NFL style

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Believe it or not, there is a science to making, throwing penalty flags Last week, back judge Todd Prukop became a mini-celebrity by throwing his penalty flag a whopping 31-yards, impressing announcers and social media all across the country (video).  Besides having a great arm, how can officials make their penalty flags fly such a…

Packers say refs confused them in final seconds in loss to Steelers

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Packers say officials told them to not snap ball before winding the clock (video) The Steelers-Packers Week 16 game had its fill of controversial plays, but the last play didn’t seem controversial — until today.  To set things up, the Packers were knocking on the door of a tying touchdown when the officials called a Packers’ lineman for…

The eyes have it

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Officials double check with each other on tight and routine calls NFL officials each have a specific area and specific player or players to watch during each play.  But do you know that officials also watch each other during a play?  The glance may be a few hundredths of a second, but that glance helps…