Officials Botch Blocked Punt In UTEP-KSU, Spend 12 Minutes Not Fixing

This is one of the more bizarre plays you'll see today. Kansas State blocked its second UTEP punt of the first quarter, only to see the entire play called back due to an inadvertent whistle. And it took 12 minutes—12 minutes!—for officials to realize and then verify that they screwed up. » 9/27/14 1:17pm Saturday 1:17pm

Spurs And Thunder Head To Overtime Thanks To Blown Goaltending Call

The officials missed a goaltending call with 44 seconds left in the game and the score tied 97-97. Though clearly a goaltending, this was deemed a block and the Spurs were shorted two points. Whiled tied 101-101, Manu missed a jumper from the elbow at the buzzer, so now we get five extra minutes before finding out if… » 5/31/14 11:16pm 5/31/14 11:16pm

Jeff Triplette Is Working A Playoff Game For Some Reason

How many referees' names do you actually know? In an ideal world, it'd be Ed Hochuli, and that's it. But the name Jeff Triplette has popped up a few times this year, and not for anything good: Triplette's crew had major game-changing screw-ups in consecutive weeks. And what do you know? Triplette's working a playoff… » 1/02/14 10:21am 1/02/14 10:21am

Weirdo Rookie Umpire Fills Left Field With His Chewed Gum

Major-league umpires are kind of the worst. Blown close calls we can grudgingly abide, but blown not-all-that-close calls punctuated by ego trips, well, not so much. And yet that's what umpires do! Jordan Baker, a minor-league umpire who has filled in on Dana DeMuth's crew over the past week, keeps it in the family. » 6/05/13 4:30pm 6/05/13 4:30pm

The Sun Bowl Officiating Crew Botched A Missed Field Goal Call And It…

The Sun Bowl is scoreless midway through the first quarter, though if it were up to the bowl's Big Ten officiating crew, it would be a bit different. That's because they attempted to call a field goal attempt by USC's Andre Heidari good, even though it was obvious to viewers and everybody in the stadium the kick… » 12/31/12 2:50pm 12/31/12 2:50pm

NBA Ref Joey Crawford Made A Terrible Foul Call, Celebrated It With A…

Our friends over at With Leather once called referee Joey Crawford "the worst thing about the NBA." It's hard to argue with them after seeing his latest stunt. After a night of showboating in the Pacers-Lakers game tonight, he capped off his performance with a questionable blocking call—one that probably cost L.A.… » 11/28/12 1:30am 11/28/12 1:30am

If You've Ever Wanted To Hear Ed Hochuli Talk About Buttocks, Today Is…

We're surprised this doesn't happen more often, and maybe it does—but hearing popular NFL referee Ed Hochuli do it has a special flair. Hochuli's description of the results of a video replay in today's Bills-Colts game required his use of the word "buttocks"—you know the workout-obsessed ref wanted to use "glutes,"… » 11/25/12 2:27pm 11/25/12 2:27pm

Ed Hochuli's Crew Got The Full CBS Starting Lineup Treatment, Complete…

How excited was CBS for the return of union officials? Ed Hochuli's crew did the full Super Bowl-style intros before tonight's Jacksonville-Cincinnati game; the officials even said where they went to school. It was cute, but a little weird; after all, we're already back to booing these guys. [CBS] » 9/30/12 4:27pm 9/30/12 4:27pm

When Officials Blew A Call Even After Looking At The Replay, Rex Ryan…

Late in yesterday's Steelers-Jets matchup, New York challenged a play in which Steelers running back Isaac Redman was ruled down on a tackle by safety Yeremiah Bell. Rex Ryan challenged the call, believing Bell might have forced a fumble, but several replays showed Redman was actually down in the backfield—a result… » 9/17/12 9:00am 9/17/12 9:00am