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 Yesterday 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 Saturday 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

SEC Tournament Punctuated By Overenthusiastic Referee's Technical Foul

Today's Tennessee-Florida SEC tournament semifinal from Atlanta has featured plenty of #refshow, with technical fouls, flagrant fouls, and the always-awful "official replay." Referee Pat Adams took things to the next degree, though, when he emphatically T'd up Volunteer Jeronne Maymon after a high-level staredown. » 3/15/14 3:22pm 3/15/14 3:22pm