Spanish Player Hits Referee, Himself In The Face With Basketball

Unlike that tennis lineswoman, this basketball referee definitely has an excuse for crumpling to the ground after Sergio Llull of Real Madrid Baloncesto's errant pass bounds directly into his face. Llull even gets a taste of his own medicine when the thing doinks off the ref's head and into his own. » 10/28/14 1:40pm Tuesday 1:40pm

Earl Thomas Says The Seahawks "Are Playing The Referees Too"

The Seahawks were particularly pissed about a single call, a late-game fumble that appeared to end up in the hands of Richard Sherman but which officials were unable to overturn because no replay angle conclusively proved possession. But safety Earl Thomas's comments hinted at some more general frustration with the… » 10/20/14 12:18pm 10/20/14 12:18pm

Baylor Has Touchdown Called Back, Then Restored, On Targeting Foul

The second offensive targeting ejection of the day came on a massive play for Baylor, locked into a tough fight in Morgantown. This call negated a Bears touchdown and resulted in the ejection of Baylor's Corey Coleman—but after video review, the hit was declared legal and the touchdown put back on the board. » 10/18/14 1:35pm 10/18/14 1:35pm

Baylor Beats TCU, With A Little Help From The Officials

A lengthy and mostly defense-free 61-58 battle between TCU and Baylor today ended with a Bears field goal that was set up by a pass interference call against the Horned Frogs. Was it a deserved flag? Maybe, but moments earlier TCU turned the ball over after a fourth-down play that ended in an awfully similar manner. » 10/11/14 8:51pm 10/11/14 8:51pm

Pac-12 Officiating Coordinator Tony Corrente Resigns

The Pac-12 announced Wednesday night that Coordinator of Football Officiating Tony Corrente resigned. The official explanation is "personal and professional reasons," and San Jose Mercury News reporter Jon Wilner's source told him that Corrente was not forced out, and that the resignation caught the Pac-12 by surprise. » 10/09/14 12:04am 10/09/14 12:04am

Lady Soccer Ref Gets Smoked In The Face By Rocketing Ball

Of all the dangers native to lower league soccer—terrible pitches, zero security, studs-up challenges, etc.—referees taking concussive shots to the head isn't really the the first to come to mind. Thanks to this Argentine fifth-division ref's header, we now have a more accurate list. » 10/01/14 12:25pm 10/01/14 12:25pm

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 9/27/14 1:17pm

Violet Palmer, First Female NBA Ref, Is Coming Out And Getting Married

Do you realize that Violet Palmer has been an NBA referee for 17 years? That's still not as long as her relationship with her partner of two decades, hairstylist Tanya Stine. The two are getting married tomorrow, so Palmer's using the occasion to publicly announce what her friends and co-workers have known for years:… » 7/31/14 6:03pm 7/31/14 6:03pm

Yes, Referees Are Biased Towards Brazil

Today, Brazil will face off against Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, and they'll do it without their superstar Neymar, who was taken down in Brazil's game against Colombia. FIFA has decided that they won't punish Juan Camilo Zúñiga, whose knee-to-the-back tackle fractured Neymar's vertebrae. But some are arguing » 7/08/14 12:02pm 7/08/14 12:02pm