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

Saints owner calls for changes in officiating

In a statement released after the most devastating loss in New Orleans Saints history, owner Gayle Benson said she will "aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again." Benson is speaking about the pass interference no-call at the

5 observations from championship weekend

http://gty.im/1097101968 For the first time ever, both the NFC and AFC Championship games went to overtime in the same season. There is plenty to write about from the officiating perspective this weekend. Here are just a few of the things that stuck out to me. Crucial missed calls In the NFC Championship Game,

Championship liveblog: Patriots at Chiefs

2018 AFC Championship Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the AFC Championship game from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras.         Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation R 34 Clete Blakeman 11   Nebraska attorney U 92 Bryan Neale 5 Smith Indiana sales consultant DJ 8 Dana McKenzie 11 Blakeman Toledo claims adjuster LJ 79 Kent Payne 15 Martin Nebraska Wesleyan teacher FJ 43 Terry

Championship liveblog: Rams at Saints

2018 NFC Championship Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the NFC Championship game from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras.         Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation R 52 Bill Vinovich 13   San Diego certified public accountant U 102 Bruce Stritesky 13 Vinovich Embry Riddle airline pilot DJ 13 Patrick

Vinovich and Blakeman are the referees for the Conference Championships

Football Zebras has confirmed the assignment of referees Bill Vinovich and Clete Blakeman to the Conference Championship games on Sunday. Vinovich will have the NFC game between the Rams and Saints; Blakeman will be heading the crew for the AFC title match between the Patriots and Chiefs. Vinovich and Blakeman