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[Editor's note: On March 27, 2017, the NFL owners approved the Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas by a 31-1 vote. (Dolphins were the lone dissenters.) This post was originally published Oct. 28, 2016.]
For years the NFL has avoided Las Vegas like the plague. The reputation
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you ...
If—, Rudyard Kipling
Kipling was never a professional or amateur football official, but just about every sports official claims that famous poem as a motto. Each
Football is one of the most team-oriented games in the world. It is a joy to watch a team function on the field as a well-oiled machine as they work to win the game. The seven-person third team on the field must also function as a well-oiled machine to give
Any one of them can either do or not do something that saves the crew or kills the crew — either one.
— former NFL referee Red Cashion in The Third Team by Richard Lister
There was a great deal of interest generated in Week 1 when Randall Cobb returned a punt 75