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Gerald Austin to be ‘MNF’ rules analyst

Buried in the fourth quarter of the Monday night game was an announcement of interest to us NFL rules wonks. Play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico on the introduction with analyst Jon Gruden: This gentleman, Gerry Austin, has worked three Super Bowls, two — as Jon likes to say — wearing the white hat as the referee.…

Refs gain 310 yards on Packers, Ravens

Week 13: Ravens at Packers The Ravens and Packers gave the spotlight to the officials on Monday Night Football, as both teams were assessed a combined 310 yards in penalties, tied for second all-time. The Ravens, while being penalized 175, managed to outdo the referees by 10 yards with 185 yards total offense. Several pass…

2nd string MNF crew certain it was TD; overruled on replay

Week 1: Chargers at Raiders Near halftime of the second part of the Monday Night Football doubleheader, the Raiders were driving for a go-ahead touchdown, which they scored on the initial call. The replay booth initiated a replay. During the review, the announcers (not the weekly crew, but morning-show and game-show credentials among the participants)…

MNF crew crows about roughing penalty, disregards whistle

Week 1: Bills at Patriots In the middle of the fourth quarter (gamebook), Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas sacked Bills quarterback Trent Edwards for a ten-yard loss. In the process of tackling the quarterback, Thomas pulled Edwards to the ground, drawing a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty. The Monday Night Football crew all thought this was a particularly…