Tag Archives: Walt Anderson

NFL borrows 8th official from Big 12

The NFL is looking to take a page from the playbook of one of its referees. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is looking to run a trial of an eighth official as early as this preseason, according to Judy … Continue reading

Boger, Carey, Parry out of playoffs

In an attempt to narrow down potential assignments, Football Zebras has learned from multiple sources that last year’s Super Bowl referee, Jerome Boger, did not receive a playoff assignment this season. Also not receiving an assignment are Mike Carey and … Continue reading

5 observations from Wild Card weekend

After wild card weekend, it always strikes me — only seven more meaningful football games this year.  In an attempt not to get too maudlin, here are five things that stuck out to me in regard to the officiating this … Continue reading

Wild Card quick calls: Chiefs at Colts

AFC Wild Card Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Chiefs-Colts Wild Card Playoff game from LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire … Continue reading

Referee assignments for Wild Card games: Anderson, Vinovich, Triplette, Hochuli

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card weekend. 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 … Continue reading

Our playoff predictions: Morelli, McAulay consensus in top slots

Football Zebras commentary Week 17 is upon us, meaning that the final evaluations for officials vying for playoff positions are being determined. Officials will not be informed of the Wild Card Playoff assignments until the middle of the upcoming week. … Continue reading

Dolphins illegal bat puts Patriots on-deck

Week 8: Dolphins at Patriots (video) The Dolphins notified the league that a yet-uncalled new rule probably should have been called in Week 6. In Week 7, the Patriots were penalized by that rule, which the league office made a … Continue reading

Official Review: line to gain, hits on QB kneeldown

NFL vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino has two items in this week’s “Official Review” segment (video): The review of a spot in the Patriots-Falcons game that was deemed inconclusive Why the hit on Bills quarterback  E.J. Manuel by Ravens linebacker … Continue reading

Kickoff 2013: The officials by the numbers

Click the image to enlarge. It is time to kick off the new football season! Here are some numbers for all of the zebra watchers out there. Enjoy! Designed and researched by Ben Austro. Sources: NFL Record and Fact Book … Continue reading

6 NFL officiating things to watch for in 2013

Commentary by Mark Schultz Here are the things I am pondering as I “zebra watch” this year. 1.  Will some high-profile officials make a playoff comeback?  Gene Steratore, Ed Hochuli, John Parry, Tom Stabile,  John McGrath, Rob Vernatchi, and Walt … Continue reading