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Alliance of American Football: Week 3, 2019

In the third week of Alliance football action, referees John O’Neill, Jeff Heaser, Reggie Smith, and Tra Blake will each be officiating their second game of the season.

Of note, back judge Jimmy DeBell will work as the SkyJudge for the Arizona-Salt Lake contest on Saturday, and will officiate on the field with his normal crew for the Birmingham-Atlanta game on Sunday.

Follow our live coverage here this weekend during the games, and on our Twitter page, @footballzebras.

Game assignments are below. All times are Eastern. TV networks are in a rounded box, streaming providers in a dashed box. The game between Arizona and Salt Lake will only be broadcast on Bleacher Report’s live stream.

Game assignments

Saturday, Feb. 23

Arizona Hotshots at Salt Lake Stallions, 3 p.m. BRLive

  • Referee: John O’Neill
  • SkyJudge: Jimmy DeBell

Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos, 8 p.m. NFLN FUBO

  • Referee: Jeff Heaser
  • SkyJudge: Ron Baynes

Sunday, Feb. 24

Birmingham Iron at Atlanta Legends, 4 p.m. CBSSN CBSSN

  • Referee: Reggie Smith
  • SkyJudge: Steve Strimling

San Antonio Commanders at San Diego Fleet, 8 p.m. NFLN FUBO

  • Referee: Tra Blake
  • SkyJudge: Mike Pereira


Tempers flare in Atlanta

Late in the first quarter following an incomplete pass, a small fracas between Legends’ receivers Tobias Palmer and Quan Bray and Iron’s defensive back Tyson Graham led to a barrage of penalty flags thrown by the deep officials, including back judge Jimmy DeBell and side judge Clay Reynard.

Roughing the passer call emulates NFL’s early weeks of 2018 season

Referee Reggie Smith flagged Birmingham’s Devin Taylor for roughing the passer, for landing on the quarterback with his full body weight — a call that many NFL fans remember plagued the early weeks of the 2018 NFL season.

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Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a graduate student at Boston University and has been involved in football officiating for ten years. Cam is in his second season as a high school football official. This is his seventh season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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4 thoughts on “Alliance of American Football: Week 3, 2019

  1. Looks like they updated the uniforms this week, the “black vest” now is shorter.

    I like it now.

  2. i think it’s still ridiculous – why mess with a good thing? Keep the shirt standard and put a patch of the AAF on it or something.

  3. Probably because the NFL has a patent on the design, and the standard same size stripe black and white pattern used everywhere else doesn’t look modern.

  4. I think the standard pattern used in college and other places looks a heck of a lot more modern than what the AAF has come up with. It’s just flat ugly.

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