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The NFL season kicks off tonight!

The 2013 NFL season is finally here, with Walt Coleman handling the officiating duties in Denver.  We’re working feverishly to track down the week 1 assignments.

If you know of any others that we’re still missing, please leave a comment and let us know.

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Did Victor Cruz “give himself up”?

The big debate of the day.  The Giant’s Victor Cruz fell down, then intentionally let go of the ball because he thought the play was over.  However, having not been touched the Cardinals, he wasn’t actually down.  The refs decided that he “gave himself up”, making the play dead, but that’s controversial.

The rule states:

An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended… when a runner is out of bounds, or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling, and making no effort to advance.

It doesn’t seem that Cruz fell down intentionally, and he certainly didn’t kneel, so did he give himself up?  Here’s a video of the play:

What do you think?  Did Jerome Boger and his crew make the right call?

NFL: Week 9 referee assignments

We’ve got Carl Cheffers in San Francisco and Walt Coleman in Philadelphia.  What else can you find?

Here’s the full list as it develops…