State Championship Lost After Technical Called For Rim-Hanging

A late, controversial technical foul in Ohio's Division II state championship game last night allowed Defiance High School to force overtime and eventually win the title over Cleveland Central Catholic after CCC's Antwon Lillard was called for hanging on the rim with less than a minute remaining in the game. » 3/29/15 12:38pm Sunday 12:38pm

Referee Sends Off Wrong West Brom Player

Disaster struck for West Bromwich Albion just over a minute into their match against Manchester City. Wilfried Bony seized upon Gareth McAuley's poor back pass, and was subsequently hacked down by Craig Dawson. Referee Neil Swarbrick didn't immediately blow his whistle—presumably playing advantage and seeing if Bony… » 3/21/15 11:07am 3/21/15 11:07am

Idiot Official Calls Bullshit Technical Foul On Ed Cooley

Providence coach Ed Cooley "earned" a technical foul late in the Friars' Round of 64 nightcap against Dayton in Columbus when his fiery timeout speech featured him tossing a chair to the floor. One official took offense—to equipment abuse, apparently—and charged Cooley with a technical foul, adding another Providence… » 3/21/15 1:00am 3/21/15 1:00am

The One Thing Both Coaches Can Agree Upon: The Ref Sucks

During the second half of tonight's NIT game between Iona and Rhode Island, Iona's Kelvin Amayo picked up a technical foul for hanging on the rim while attempting to complete an alley-oop. As the referees huddled to discuss the call—it would stand—the camera cut to Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley. Because we don't… » 3/17/15 9:57pm 3/17/15 9:57pm

Man Whose Punch Killed Soccer Ref Sentenced To 8-15 Years In Prison

A Michigan man who punched and killed the rec league referee who was ejecting him was sentenced to 8-15 years in jail Thursday, after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter. A Lebanese national, Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad faces potential deportation after completing his sentence. The Dearborn auto mechanic punched… » 3/14/15 12:06pm 3/14/15 12:06pm

Ángel Di María Gets Ice Grill, Then Red Card For Grabbing Ref

About a minute before the GIF you see above, referee Michael Oliver gave Manchester United's Ángel Di María a yellow card for an obvious dive. Frustrated and angry, Di María decided to snatch at the back of the ref's shirt, demanding an explanation. That's when Oliver pierces Di María's soul with that icy glare before… » 3/09/15 5:37pm 3/09/15 5:37pm

Lions GM Wants Coaches To Be Able To Challenge Penalty Flags

Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew, speaking at the combine, proposed a change to the NFL's replay rules: he wants coaches to be able to throw challenge flags on penalty calls. And yes, it has everything to do with the Lions getting screwed late in a playoff game. » 2/20/15 2:40pm 2/20/15 2:40pm

Report: NHL Suspended Referee For Meeting In A Bar With Hockey Blogger

NHL referee Tim Peel met with his fiercest critic Thursday night in New York City: Yahoo Sports NHL blog Puck Daddy's editor-in-chief Greg Wyshynski. Wyshynski feels that Peel is the one of (if not the) worst referees in the NHL, and has written a series of articles on calls he believes Peel blew with titles like " » 2/03/15 12:43am 2/03/15 12:43am

Imprisoned Cowboys Fan Sues NFL For $89B For Reversing Dez Bryant Catch

Terry Hendrix, currently incarcerated in Colorado and a serial filer of frivolous lawsuits, has finally struck upon a real injustice. He's suing the NFL for nearly $89 billion for the officiating decision to overturn Dez Bryant's reception in the Cowboys' playoff loss to the Packers. » 1/23/15 11:31am 1/23/15 11:31am

The NFL's Rules Are Dumb

The thing we have to establish to be able to talk about this with the same frame of reference is that Dez Bryant didn't catch that football. Oh sure, maybe he had the ball firmly in his grasp, maybe he was confident enough in his possession to turn and lunge for the end zone, wheeling his feet under him the entire… » 1/12/15 9:12am 1/12/15 9:12am

Yet Another Referee Injured, This Time With Seconds Left In Overtime

Tonight's overtime Baylor-over-TCU win featured yet another injured referee—this time with eleven seconds left in the overtime period. » 1/10/15 6:49pm 1/10/15 6:49pm

Notorious NBA Ref Joey Crawford Knocked Out Of Game With Knee Injury

Showboating NBA referee Joey Crawford joined a long list of officials in various sports who have suffered injuries recently when he pulled up lame in the second quarter of today's Mavericks-Clippers game with what league officials are calling a knee injury. » 1/10/15 4:55pm 1/10/15 4:55pm

Ref Breaks Rib After Colliding With Maple Leafs Player, Hitting Ice

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when Tyler Seguin was chirping at the referee to get out of the corner? Well here's another reason for referees to stay out: you'll get wrecked. » 1/10/15 2:22pm 1/10/15 2:22pm

ACC Fires Karl Hess, College Basketball's Joey Crawford

You may not immediately recognize the name Karl Hess—though if you're an ACC fan you probably do—but if you've watched a college basketball game where a referee pulled some look-at-me funny business while misapplying the rules, there's a good chance it was Hess. There was the time he ejected Tom Gugliotta from the… » 1/09/15 12:37pm 1/09/15 12:37pm

NFL Officiating Head Says The Cowboys Got Away With At Least One Penalty

Dean Blandino, the NFL's VP of officiating, made the media rounds today to discuss the controversial reversed pass-interference call that occurred in a crucial spot of Dallas's win over Detroit. Blandino didn't come down strongly on either side of whether Anthony Hitchens interfered with Brandon Pettigrew. » 1/05/15 4:42pm 1/05/15 4:42pm

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

Arkansas State Player Ejected For Threatening An Official

Well, here's a first. In the fourth quarter of tonight's already bonkers GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Arkansas State's Xavier Woodson got ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. Specifically, Woodson was accused of "threatening an official." » 1/05/15 12:03am 1/05/15 12:03am