After wild card weekend, it always strikes me -- only seven more meaningful football games this year. In an attempt not to get too maudlin, here are five things that stuck out to me in regard to the officiating this past Wild Card weekend.
Jeff Triplette's crew called an awesome game
NFC Wild Card Playoff
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Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation.
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Three alternates are assigned to each
Week 14: Seahawks at 49ers (video)
If you rack your brain over this scenario, you can be bouncing across the rulebook for the correct ruling and still not get it right. We are about to get into the deep recesses of refdom here, so stay with us. And, if you’re not
We have some leftover items from Week 5, so let's serve them up before their expiration dates pass.
Bengals lost timeout
Prior to a Bengals 3rd-and-goal situation, the crew stopped the clock for a game clock adjustment. When the game clock was stopped, and additional three seconds ticked off the play clock,
49ers at Seahawks (video/audio)
Early in the game, the Seahawks fell victim to a fan who blew a whistle in the crowd -- their own home crowd. Some of the Seahawks linemen looked genuinely confused, as they believed it was an official's whistle. The center snapped the ball anyway, and the
Fox Sports rules analyst on what went right, wrong in Week 1
Fox Sports made an inspired move when they hired former NFL vice president for officiating Mike Pereira. For four years, Pereira has explained difficult rulings and calls to the media. Pereira was full of knowledge and expertise this past
Football is one of the most team-oriented games in the world. It is a joy to watch a team function on the field as a well-oiled machine as they work to win the game. The seven-person third team on the field must also function as a well-oiled machine to give
I'm sure referee Bill Leavy would just as soon have everyone stop discussing the play, but the league has made two separate statements regarding it, making the approved ruling look more like a Wikipedia entry.The play in question was a double foul on the Packers and the 49ers. Leavy's crew
A roundup of the calls from Sunday
Bill Leavy's crew has a very visible downgrade coming their way. The attention it received swooned mostly due to the fact that Mike Pereira -- Leavy's former boss and current Fox Sports rules analyst -- pointed it out during the game broadcast and that