Former graders: Split decision on Cruz catch

Football Zebras Roundtable We covered at length the differences between two process-of-the-catch calls from Sunday's games. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson had a touchdown taken away because he bobbled the ball as he went to the ground. Giants receiver Victor Cruz also had lost possession when he dove for the end zone,

Pereira: No recourse if helmet speaker fails

  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

Quick calls: Week 1

Did you see a call in the kickoff weekend that needs our attention? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @footballzebras. We have the week 1 assignments and the crew lists available for your review. 7761

Fail Mary replay official moved off SNF

Football Zebras exclusive Referee Tony Corrente will have his entire crew on the field tonight, but in the replay booth, there was a last-minute substitution. Replay official Howard Slavin works with Corrente's crew this season, but the league pulled him to avoid a potential controversy with the Packers. While replacement officials worked

Microphone is ref’s friend for no-sense rules

It elicits snickers from football fans when it happens, and it sometimes trends on Twitter. Referee Ed Hochuli turns on his microphone to explain a ruling, and some fans joke that it is NFL open mic night. An example from 2009: We reviewed whether the ball was fumbled down near the

Phil Luckett was right

https://youtu.be/Zki61ZmKf4U Rulebook, enhanced audio vindicate controversial referee In the last 14 years, former NFL referee Phil Luckett was been mocked at best for the coin toss controversy on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.  In the 1998 Thanksgiving Day game, the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers ended regulation in a tie, and Luckett called

Rams time management nixed by clock op

Week 1: Rams at Lions 4th quarter | 2:45 remaining | Tied 20-20 | STL ball | 2 & 12 @ DET 31 "First, let me explain this to you," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher prefaced his comments. "This is separate from the officiating. This is a clock operator error." Fisher, who also

2 missed fouls at :00 erase Vikes’ 2nd life

Week 14: Vikings at Lions 4th quarter | :09 remaining | Lions 34-28 | Vikings ball | 1st & goal @ 1 | video The Vikings were on the comeback express, having trailed by 21, and were one yard from overcoming the deficit against the Lions with seconds remaining. Vikings quarterback Joe Webb