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Dispelling some Saints/Rams myths

Ben Austro over at Football Zebras did an awesome job of breaking down most of these, but here are some highlights:

Roger Goodell should invoke Rule 17

I’ve seen a ton of people saying Roger Goodell should use Rule 17 to replay part of the game (or maybe the entire thing). He can’t — that’s not how Rule 17 works.

A former Rams player was an official during the game

Phil McKinnely was indeed a Rams player in 1981, and he also played for the Bears and Falcons. He was typically on Vinovich’s crew, but wasn’t for this game.

Vinovich must have seen the play when it happened

This is one I hear a lot; after the game, referee Bill Vinovich said “I personally have not seen the play” and people were outraged. How could the referee have not seen that play? Well, because it’s not his job. You can argue that other officials saw the play and should have thrown a flag, but Vinovich has a responsibility in the backfield. If he had watched the play unfold, then you’d have a right be to upset because he wouldn’t be doing his job very well.

There’s quite a bit more to this, and I encourage you to check out Ben’s full post for lots of details.

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The 2016 season is here!

The 2016 season is finally here, and week one is nearly complete.

What do you think of the job the refs are doing so far in this young season?

The 2015 NFL season kicks off this week!

The season is nearly upon us. Check out the 2015 page and we’ll be populating it with assignments as we learn them. If you hear of any that you can help with, please comment on that week and help us out. Enjoy the games!

The playoffs are here!

We’ve updated the referee assignments for wild card weekend (thanks to Ben at Football Zebras) so go check them out.  Enjoy the games!

Slowing down the crazy comments

We get it — people are passionate about football.  However, lately the comments have been getting a bit crazy.  We looked at a few options to get things under control and decided to simply use open registration to handle it.

We considered pre-moderating comments, but that can really stifle conversation if lots of time goes by before I have a chance to approve them.  On the other hand, we could have user registration process require moderation, but that becomes a lot of work as well.

As of now, you’ll need to be registered in order to comment but the registration is free and completely open.  We’ll see how it goes.  You can register here and get back to commenting!  If you have other thoughts on how it could be handled better, please let us know. Thanks!

The 2014 NFL season kicks off tomorrow

The new season begins tomorrow night, and we have a few of the week 1 assignments figured out.  If you know of any others, please leave a comment and let us know.  Enjoy the games!

2014 preseason rolling along

Happy new season!

Assignments are up for preseason week 2.   Check ’em out, and use this post to leave your thoughts on the games.  Enjoy!

Referee Assignments for the Divisional Playoffs

The second round of the playoffs are coming up this weekend, and the referee assignments for the games have been posted.

Head over to our Playoffs page to check them out, and then use this post to comment on any noteworthy calls this weekend.

Enjoy the games!

Referee assignments for Wild Card Weekend

The playoffs are upon us, and the referee assignments for the opening weekend have been posted.

Head over to our Playoffs page to check them out, and then use this post to comment on any noteworthy calls this weekend.

Enjoy the games!

Referee assignments and discussion for week 17

The final week of the NFL regular season is almost here, and we have around half of the referee assignments worked out.

Head over to our week 17 page to check them out and let us know if you have any others we can fill in, and then use this post to comment on any noteworthy calls this weekend.

Enjoy the games!