NFL takes a hit after four referee retirements

Embed from Getty Images Every generation of NFL officiating gives way to the next. This past offseason, we saw, very quickly and dramatically, one generation give way to the next. Referees Ed Hochuli, Gene Steratore, Terry McAulay and Jeff Triplette represent 88-years of experience at the referee position. That is 88-years

Referee Morelli with a pre-season chuckle on-mic

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'NEk5yZLUS8lxYVmcrZJncQ',sig:'-oRE3cA9Vsuzq_etUoeXFrXZQtchVFAjpeKxLOP5ShA=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'614681652',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   Sometimes a situation on the football field leaves everyone smiling--even the officials. Such a moment happened this weekend during the 49ers-Broncos pre-season game. There were a whopping five fouls on one punt play. As the officials reported to referee Pete Morelli, the absurdity of the

Pete Morelli to receive Art McNally Award

View image | gettyimages.com Referee Pete Morelli will be presented with the annual Art McNally award at this Sunday's Pro Bowl.  The Art McNally Award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990, and recognizes an official for "exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship on and

Sometimes a safety is just a safety

AFC Divisional Playoff: Colts at Patriots When the snap sails over the punter’s head and out the back of the end zone, all of us have the same first reaction:  safety.  However this season we saw many instances of bizarre rulings, rare rule applications, and rule misapplications, so now more than

Referee assignments for Divisional round: Blakeman, Cheffers, McAulay, Morelli

Updated Friday, Jan. 10 to include full crews Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee's name), college, and outside occupation. All times are Eastern. Three

Float like a butterfly…dodge like a ref

How NFL officials stay out of the way to preserve life and limb We've all seen it.  For the fans it is a funny sight but for anyone who has been knocked down by a football player always cringes when a football official gets knocked down.  The officials do not wear