If You Pick Up A Flag, You Need A Better Explanation Than That

Let's get this caveat out of the way, and (in spirit) amend it to all future discussions of the picked-up pass-interference flag that appeared so crucial in the Lions' loss to the Cowboys: the no-call didn't cost Detroit the game. Failing to hold a lead cost Detroit the game, as did turning the ball over three times,… » 1/05/15 9:23am 1/05/15 9:23am

Jeff Triplette's Crew Screwed Up Another Big Call

For the second time in two weeks, the NFL has had to come out and admit that the Jeff Triplette-led officiating crew blew a major call, this time even with the assistance of a video review. » 12/11/13 11:01am 12/11/13 11:01am

How Everyone Screwed Up On Washington's Mistaken First Down

Washington thought they had a first down. The chains moved. The stadium scoreboard said first down. Kyle Shanahan called the next play as if the Skins had a new set of downs. But the one person whose ruling mattered, referee Jeff Triplette, signaled third down. Chaos reigns. » 12/02/13 9:42am 12/02/13 9:42am

Chart: The Impact Of Home Field Advantage On Officiating, By Sport

It's a familiar complaint: Your team goes on the road for a big game, and gets totally jobbed by the refs. But do away teams really get fewer calls? » 11/22/13 1:17pm 11/22/13 1:17pm

Why Officials Picked Up The Flag And Gave Carolina The Win

The non-call that ended the Panthers' win over the Patriots was a bad call. Not a historically terrible one, in a vacuum: worse missed penalties and more egregious undeserved flags happen every week in the NFL. But on the last play of the game, a supremely entertaining slugfest between two Super Bowl contenders,… » 11/19/13 9:38am 11/19/13 9:38am

Dolphins Alerted League To Personal Foul On Last-Second FG In Week 5

After a loss to the Ravens in which Caleb Sturgis missed a last-second 57-yard field goal that would have tied the game, the Dolphins noticed that Baltimore pulled the same maneuver the Patriots got busted for yesterday. Miami sent video of the play to the league and the league reportedly admitted that the call should… » 10/22/13 12:17am 10/22/13 12:17am

This Is The Worst Targeting Call Of The College Football Season

Georgia's battle in Nashville against Vanderbilt became a bit more difficult today when Bulldogs defensive end and team sack leader Ray Drew "earned" an ejection under the NCAA's new targeting rule—and even worse, it was held up under review. » 10/19/13 1:29pm 10/19/13 1:29pm

A Brutal No-Goal Call, And The Blackhawks Are On The Ropes

Hockey's never been much for the sanctity of seeds. No one blinked last year when the eight-seeded Kings blew through the competition on the way to a Cup. So it's not any sort of mathematical upset that the Red Wings took a 2-1 lead in their series with the top-seeded Blackhawks last night—but they needed one very… » 5/21/13 9:20am 5/21/13 9:20am

Is The NFL Rigging The System To Put An Unqualified Referee In The…

Jerome Boger will referee the Super Bowl. Jerome Boger probably doesn't deserve to referee the Super Bowl. Football Zebras, a site devoted solely to NFL officiating, reported on Jan. 20 that Boger's unspectacular in-season grades for his refereeing had been mysteriously changed after the fact to make him more… » 1/29/13 3:05pm 1/29/13 3:05pm

Justin Tucker's Practice Kicks Before His Game-Winner Were Not Allowed,…

Before Justin Tucker made the field goal that ended the the fifth longest game in NFL history yesterday, he jogged onto the field between the two overtimes and had an assistant coach hold the ball for him while he practiced his kicks. Champ Bailey was dismayed, as you can see in the video above, but nobody else on… » 1/13/13 12:15pm 1/13/13 12:15pm

The Ragin' Cajuns Beat Western Kentucky In Overtime By Playing 6-On-5

We're not surprised the Sun Belt officials escaped the court quickly after this blunder, where they allowed Louisiana-Lafayette to enjoy the rare basketball power play, in which they clearly put six men on the floor for their final possession of overtime—allowing them to score the winning basket against the… » 1/05/12 10:35pm 1/05/12 10:35pm

The Same Ref Who Worked The Seahawks-Steelers Super Bowl Will Work This…

They're still not over Super Bowl XL in Seattle, especially after referee Bill Leavy admitted last year he had "kicked" a couple of calls in the fourth quarter. That Leavy was assigned to work Sunday's game will at least take the city's focus off the state of the current Seahawks for a while. [PFT, via Seattle Times]… » 9/13/11 3:20pm 9/13/11 3:20pm

In These Troubled Times, Why Not Trust Your Money To A Hochuli?

Have some money to invest, but you're not totally sold on the financial genius that is Lenny Dykstra? Why not try Shawn Hochuli, son of embattled NFL referee iron pumper Ed Hochuli? Shawn is a football referee as well, in addition to being a young Gordon Gekko. Hochuli refs in the Big 12, working games from Iowa to… » 11/25/08 11:45am 11/25/08 11:45am