The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, achieve the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
Roethlisberger: umpire 'thought he saw a trip, but wasn't sure' Week 2: Steelers at Bengals While a third quarter gain of 33 yards by the Steelers was being marched back by a tripping penalty, each replay on ESPN displayed the cringe-inducing conclusion: that wasn't a trip. (There is no video available of
A series of calls in the second quarter by Bill Leavy's crew were questionable at best. Non-restrictive pass interference. A deep incomplete pass was flagged for defensive pass interference, despite a lack of contact that restricted the wide receiver. The penalty gave the Giants 41 extra yards on their touchdown drive.
Week 13: Steelers at Ravens Two Ravens players who had hits that were not penalized were fined by the leagueÂ Monday night. Haloti Ngata was fined $15,000 for a hit that Picassoed the face of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and should make sneezing a challenge (video of Big Ben's crooked nose here). Jameel McClain was
The rulebook exists to lay out a protocol for the game of football. It never claims to be fair. The Dolphins found as much when they apparently sealed a victory, only to have replay give the Steelers a second chance to win the game. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scored a go-ahead touchdown,