Throwback to Thanksgiving 1989: the first ‘bounty bowl’

The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys have had an intense rivalry for over 50 years, with the Cowboys on the winning end for most of the first 30 years. By the late 1980s, the Cowboys were rebuilding the franchise with new ownership, coaching and front office personnel. The Eagles were

2 generations of officials are at polar opposites when signaling the big call

A few weeks ago, our own Cam Filipe posted his Call of the Week, and he noted the calm, under-control signal by the covering official. https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1572626534661341184 "This isn't the 1980s," Cam noted. I resemble that remark! But it did cause me to reflect on how officials signal a call and how the

NFL weather safety has come a long way

Reporting from Canton, Ohio Last night's Hall of Fame game had a delayed start due to lightning in the area. https://twitter.com/footballzebras/status/1555339699828531201 There are a few games each year - pre-season and regular season - that are delayed by lightning. The game will continue in a downpour, but lightning stops the whole thing. Up until

Myth debunked: Referee Ben Dreith actually worked Patriots games after the Sugar Bear Hamilton call

Football Zebras research can debunk a popular myth. After referee Ben Dreith's controversial roughing the passer in the 1976 playoffs -- a penalty against Patriots defensive tackle Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton that kept the Oakland Raiders' game-winning drive alive -- the myth is Dreith never worked another Patriots game the

Throwback to 1969 when Jerry Markbreit worked the Ohio State-Michigan Game

Michigan and The Ohio State University face yet again this Saturday with playoff and conference championship implications. Let's throw it back to 1969, when future NFL official, Jerry Markbreit, officiated the annual rivalry between the two power houses. Ohio State was unbeaten and ranked number one in the nation. Michigan had

Tony Corrente turns 70, a rare milestone for an active official

Referee Tony Corrente celebrates his 70th birthday on November 12. In his 27th season, he is in small company of officials who were on the field into their 70s. Down judge Mike Spanier, who retired after the 2019 season, was 70 in his final season. And there aren't likely many