Making the impossible call

Embed from Getty Images   Nothing compares to the speed of a NFL game. While I've never been on the field for one, I worked on the chain gang at a Division I NCAA game one level down from the pros. The speed at that level was dizzying. I can only imagine

Las Vegas Raiders would create an officiating conundrum

Embed from Getty Images   [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

Preventative officiating happens every play

There were several tongues wagging in Week 7 when an official advised a player he was in illegal formation.  Many football fans learned the term "preventative officiating," and the debate began whether or not preventative officiating was actually coaching.  Well, preventative officiating happens every game and at every level

Keeping cool when getting an earful

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