Officials try to prepare for everythingFormer baseball umpire Jim Evans used to run an umpire's school. One of his biggest lessons to his students was "an umpire's biggest enemy is surprise." That mantra can be adopted for all officials in all sports.As tongues were wagging at the end of the
NFL looks for 'efficient, accurate penalty enforcement'
I've joked about it before: when Terry McAulay is the referee of a game, when there is a penalty flag the cameras had better find him quickly, because chances are he could be finished with his penalty announcement before the camera gets him in
Officials double check with each other on tight and routine calls
NFL officials each have a specific area and specific player or players to watch during each play. But do you know that officials also watch each other during a play? The glance may be a few hundredths of a second,
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
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