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Week 2 photo album

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Gene Steratore talks it over with Russel Wilson

Head linesman Ed Walker is not being swayed by Pete Carroll

Bill Vinovich measures a close one

Field judge Dave Meslow queried by Bruce Arians

Referee Terry McAulay listens to head coach Ken Wisenhunt

Sarah Thomas with side judge Rob Vernatchi in the foreground.

Perry Paganelli

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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 “Week 2 photo album

  1. I’m kind of curious about a call in the Seattle Green Bay game and a similar one in the New York Indianapolis game. In both, there were fumbles, followed by pileups, followed by the referees clearing the pile to see who had the ball; and in each, the referees seemed to ignore whoever had the ball at the bottom of the pile and claimed the other team recovered it.

    I’m all for the referees not being duped by someone at the bottom of the pile stealing it from another player, but I’m curious as to how this situation is supposed to be handled, and what happened in these games Sunday and Monday.

  2. Quite simply, the call is made by an official when he can ascertain a player in possession. At that point, anyone can come out of the pile with it, especially since the player in possession doesn’t have to have a death grip on the ball anymore.

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