Today, there are clocks all over our TV screens on Sunday. The TV graphics are hard wired into the stadium clock. The stadium clock is the official time. The side judge times the game on a watch, but that time on the watch only serves as a backup in case
It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that dated back to the start of pro football up until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994.
When the NFL was in its infancy and up through the 1960s,
The NFL is using two new kicking mechanics this season on field goal and extra point attempts and on free kicks (kickoffs).Â
Football ZebrasÂ contacted the NFL officiating office to see if these changes are a preseason experiment or will be permanent; however the NFL did not respond to our request at
Officials, especially the line judge and head linesman, always work to get the forward progress spot. In order to do so, they are taught to trail the play by a few yards and then square up once the ball is dead. But, when a big progress spot is important, the
How NFL officials stay out of the way to preserve life and limb
We've all seen it. Â For the fans it is a funny sight but for anyone who has been knocked down by a football player always cringes when a football official gets knocked down. Â The officials do not wear