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Images of the Wild Card and Divisional Playoffs

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Dez Bryant argues with Allen Baynes

Pete Morelli calls the action:

Tony Romo doesn’t like umpire Roy Ellison’s call:

Allen Baynes:

Perry Paganelli and Big Ben:

Adrian Hill:

Panthers’ coach Ron Rivera discusses a call with line judge Ron Marinucci:

Head Linesman Steve Stelljes:

Back judge Scott Helverson:

Steve Zimmer:

Back judge Steve Freeman (133) and side judge James Coleman:

Freeman and Coleman get it broken up:

Jeff Lamberth:

Terry McAulay listens to a plea from Cam Newton:

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Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"

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4 thoughts on “Images of the Wild Card and Divisional Playoffs

  1. That pic of Steve Zimmer is proof these officials need a weight mgt program. While I don’t expect all officials to look like Hochuli, they need to be in shape- plus that much belly fat is very bad for your health…..not a good image to portray

  2. The league does have a program for general health and fitness, initially set up by Carl Johnson by a sports medicine center in his hometown. Understand your point, but even with a program, sometimes these appearance issues are not reversible.

    I am all for rigid conditioning standards, but I also see no problem as long as an their lateral movement is not affected and they are able to meet minimum standards.

  3. Maybe if they were fulltime.. Instead of worrying about their weekday job, they could devote themselves to a conditioning system.. Like NHL officials do

  4. You may be right Ben but looking like that is asking for a major heart attack. You don’t want officials having coronaries after running down field on a play either. For his own good he should drop weight but that’s another story…..

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