View image | gettyimages.com It's 3rd-and-5. The quarterback is under center. The crowd is roaring. The quarterback barks hard and someone on the defensive line jumps. Flags fly and the wing officials come running to the referee to report an infraction. The referee intones, "Offside. Defense. Five yards. First down!" When
Believe it or not, there is a science to making, throwing penalty flags Last week, back judge Todd Prukop became a mini-celebrity by throwing his penalty flag a whopping 31-yards, impressing announcers and social media all across the country (video). Besides having a great arm, how can officials make their penalty
Starting in 2014, all NFL officiating crews will be will be equipped with a microphone and earpiece that will enable them to communicate with each other during the game. The NFL experimented with this technology in the 2013 preseason, as seen above with referee Ron Winter. Several international soccer
You may have noticed some officials wearing rock-star like microphones and ear pieces during some preseason games. The NFL has confirmed that it is having its officials experiment with wireless official-to-official communication gear during selected games this August. Vice president of football communications, Michael Signora, says, "We have consistently used
A suggestion from an 11-year old boy will be evident on the field this week for the Miami Dolphins - New York Jets game. The officiating crew will use pink penalty flags for breast cancer awareness month. Dante Cano, from Marlboro, New Jersey, wrote commissioner Roger Goodell suggesting the special flags.