5 observations from Super Bowl LIII

The Super Bowl is over, and thankfully we aren't breaking down any officiating controversies today. But there are some interesting officiating nuggets to note. 1. No replays Replay official Jim Lapetina was busy yesterday, but he never had to buzz in with a booth challenge. There were a few plays where I was

Super Bowl LIII liveblog: Patriots vs. Rams

Follow us here and through the game for our live coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of Super Bowl LIII from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This will conclude our coverage of our 10th full season at Football Zebras. John Parry is the referee for Super Bowl LIII. His all-star crew includes:       Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation Prev.

4 officiating things I’m looking for during Super Bowl LIII

It's here. Six months of football culminate in Super Bowl LIII.  While the Rams and Patriots do battle on the gridiron, my eyes will be focusing on the Super Bowl LIII officiating crew. Here's what I'm looking for as I zebra watch. 1. The coin toss The Super Bowl coin toss is the

Keeping up with the downs: Referee John Parry uses an old-school method for game administration

http://gty.im/1385217 Officials from pee-wee games to the Super Bowl all use a very simple piece of equipment to keep track of the downs. All officials wear an elastic band around their wrist and a loop attached to the band. The officials move the loop over their finger or fingers to show the

Photo Gallery: Let’s meet the Super Bowl LIII crew

Let's meet the Super Bowl LIII crew in photos, courtesy of team photographers and Getty Images. Click on a photo to begin the gallery. http://gty.im/1074739122 http://gty.im/154744813 http://gty.im/596902146 http://gty.im/579780846 http://gty.im/92807442 http://gty.im/456811498 http://gty.im/184407308

Saints-Rams officials harassed, had to change hotels after game

The fan reaction to the Saints-Rams NFC Conference Championship was so bad, security had to switch the officials' hotels and police had to help keep the crew safe Sunday night. According to Toronto Sun reporter John Kyrk, the crew returned to their hotel after the game and were harassed in person and via

Commissioner can issue a Rule 17 overturn of Saints loss … and other myths from Championship Sunday

As a public service, we are tackling some of the opinions and conspiracy theories that are propagating and, contrary to contemporary Internet standards, serving them with a dose of facts and reasoning. 1. Goodell cannot invoke Rule 17 This is probably the worst of the myths out there, mostly because of its