On Further Review, Roger Goodell Fucked Up This NFL Season From End To…

Cowboys-Redskins was the biggest matchup of the year, a win-or-go-home game for two division rivals. It turned out to be the most-watched regular-season sporting event in 15 years. But one familiar face was missing from the FedEx Field suites: commissioner Roger Goodell, who found something else to do Sunday night.… » 1/02/13 4:30pm 1/02/13 4:30pm

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

The Scab Who Blew The Seattle Touchdown Call Now Wants To Get Paid For…

You remember Lance Easley, yes? Side judge who signaled "touchdown, Seattle," overruling his colleague and singlehandedly becoming the biggest reason the lockout ended when it did. It's not often someone gets famous for being bad at his job, but if Lance Easley is going to be bad at his job, he might as well try to… » 9/28/12 4:45pm 9/28/12 4:45pm

The Many Horrible, Stupid Faces Of Roger Goodell: A Gallery Of…

Roger Goodell is the worst, a nothingburger who rose to power on his daddy's good name, a sort of Commissioner Fredo whose legacy thus far is two self-destructive labor fights, some owner collusion, and ceaseless bullshit about the sanctity of the game. We've spent a lot of time writing about all these things, but… » 9/28/12 2:30pm 9/28/12 2:30pm

How The Referee Deal Got Done

Judy Battista of The New York Times has the most complete rundown of the negotiations that got the referees back on the field last night, and it becomes clear that the Packers-Seahawks debacle didn't get the deal done, but it did get it done faster. » 9/28/12 2:00pm 9/28/12 2:00pm

Seahawks Truthers Continue To Insist Golden Tate Caught That Touchdown

Everyone still refers to Seattle's game-winning touchdown as "controversial," but that's a misnomer. It's actually one of the least controversial plays out there, one that everyone from sports writers to casual fans agree should have been an interception. This is only a slight simplification, but the call on the field… » 9/27/12 11:15am 9/27/12 11:15am

The NFL's Replacement Referees Will Not Be Missed, But They Did…

Here's a greatest hits compilation that surfaced on YouTube within minutes of the news that the NFL and its referees had come to agreement on a new labor deal. Seeing all these lowlights strung together in one sad clip after another does give an appreciation for the unprecedented levels of suckitude that filled our… » 9/27/12 12:40am 9/27/12 12:40am

Rejoice, NFL Fans: The Referees Are Coming Back This Weekend

After 48 regular season games that nearly brought the National Football League to its knees and turned the league's officiating into a recurring national joke, the NFL and the referees union have agreed to a new eight-year deal and the officials will be back on the job Thursday night in Baltimore. » 9/26/12 10:39pm 9/26/12 10:39pm

Why Are The Scab Refs Screwing Up Illegal-Contact Penalties?

The replacement officials made many mistakes over the weekend, some of such great consequence that they inspired incredible anger, others bad enough only to prompt a very loud "bullshit" chant. But they've all been bad. Instead of focusing on one specific mistake, or all the mistakes as a whole, though, we want to… » 9/26/12 6:00pm 9/26/12 6:00pm

Packers Players Who Disparaged The NFL On Twitter Reportedly Won't Be…

Any Green Bay Packers player who used Twitter to rip the NFL following Green Bay's controversial loss to Seattle on Monday (and there were many) will not be fined by the NFL, according to a report. » 9/26/12 12:50pm 9/26/12 12:50pm

The NFL Told Broadcasters To Go Easy On The Scab Refs

Hoo boy. Notice how every broadcaster has come down so hard on the replacement refs? But it only really seemed to start in Week 2? This is not a coincidence. » 9/26/12 11:30am 9/26/12 11:30am

Green Bay News Station Uses "Replacement Weatherguy"

NBC26 in Green Bay made fun of the Packers-Seahawks debacle by using a "replacement weatherguy" to give viewers the forecast yesterday. Try discerning what kind of weather Green Bay is getting at 5 p.m. » 9/26/12 10:50am 9/26/12 10:50am

Official Who Signaled Seahawks Touchdown Was Deemed Not Ready For…

To clear things up: Yes, the owners are wholly responsible for the lockout. But we identify and delve into the backgrounds of the replacement refs not to be mean, but for two legitimate reasons. First, they're scabs, and without them crossing the picket line, the lockout would have been over months ago. And second,… » 9/26/12 9:35am 9/26/12 9:35am

32 Photos Of 32 NFL Coaches Yelling At The Scab Refs

You're angry at the replacement officials. The Green Bay Packers are angry at the replacement officials. Kyle Shanahan is angry at the replacement officials. Barack Obama is angry at the replacement officials. And, yes, even though they're not allowed to discuss it, the NFL coaches are angry too. Here are photos of… » 9/25/12 5:20pm 9/25/12 5:20pm

You Know NFL Officiating Is Shit When Tim Donaghy Thinks They Have An…

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: A disgraced ref thinks the replacements are a disgrace. » 9/25/12 5:10pm 9/25/12 5:10pm

Ask George Atallah, Spokesman For The NFL Players Association, About…

As the NFLPA's assistant executive director for external affairs, George Atallah is the official spokesman for the NFL players. As you might expect, he's a busy man right now. "What a nutty day," he told us earlier, when we approached him to see if he'd be willing to do a live chat. » 9/25/12 4:58pm 9/25/12 4:58pm

Who Was The Winner In Last Night's Scab-Ref Debacle? SportsCenter, With…

OK, so Twitter went nuts last night and TJ Lang's "fuck it" tweet has been retweeted more than 84,000 times. And SportsCenter, with more than 50,000 previous episodes under its belt, has what looks to be its highest rated-show ever with a 5.0 rating. » 9/25/12 4:50pm 9/25/12 4:50pm

Here's NFL Referee Ed Hochuli's Adorable Response To A Fan Who Emailed…

We got an email from a reader named Tyler a little while ago. Tyler and his friends are fed up with the work of the NFL's scab officials, so they decided to contact locked-out ref Ed Hochuli by emailing him at his law office to say they missed him. And look: Hochuli responded! » 9/25/12 3:50pm 9/25/12 3:50pm