Jim Quirk retains post as head of referees’ union [updated]

Embed from Getty Images Update, 4/11: The union meetings have concluded, and Jim Quirk remains as the executive director. The matter of replacing Quirk did not come to a vote at the meetings that were "sparsely attended," according to one union member. Football Zebras has not been in contact with all

50 Super Bowl calls, Part 4: XX to XI

The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, achieve the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for

50 Super Bowl calls, Part 1: L to XLI

The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, attain the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for

Images from Week 8

Courtesy of team photographers (Click on an image to display as slides) Courtesy of Getty Images #457934842 / gettyimages.com Line judge John Hussey and Packers coach Mike McCarthy #457909062 / gettyimages.com Umpire Mark Pellis #457746198 / gettyimages.com Referee Terry McAulay #458022214 / gettyimages.com Line judge Gary Arthur signals timeout while Jets coach Rex Ryan argues the previous call.

Penalty enforcement is an entire-crew effort

NFL looks for 'efficient, accurate penalty enforcement' I've joked about it before: when Terry McAulay is the referee of a game, when there is a penalty flag the cameras had better find him quickly, because chances are he could be finished with his penalty announcement before the camera gets him in

NFL grooming players on officiating ‘fast track’

The NFL could soon see more former players become officials. The league is sending 14 former players and one active player to a pair of officiating clinics over the next three days. The first clinic is tomorrow, March 13. It is the league's Fast Track Clinic, run by the Football Officiating

6 observations from Super Bowl XLVIII

McAulay crew handles first dud Super Bowl in 10 years Well, this year's Super Bowl will not go down as a classic in terms of excitement, but the Seahawks' defensive performance will be talked about for a long time.  Peyton Manning's future and legacy (rightly or wrongly) will be hot topics

4 historic facts related to this year’s Super Bowl crew

I enjoy historic aspects of NFL officiating and as we get ready to zebra watch in Super Bowl XLVIII here are some interesting nuggets regarding officiating in the Super Bowl. Field judge Scott Steenson sets the record for most years between return trips.  Steenson worked Super Bowl XXXI, and makes his