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?
Exciting news today for officiating fans, as Bill Vinovich will once again don a white hat for this weekend’s game between the Lions and Eagles.
Vinovich last worked in the 2006 season, and retired before 2007 due to his health. At that time, John Parry took his place.
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It’s sounding more and more likely that the NFL will have to use replacement referees for the first few weeks of the regular season, as the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are continuing to fail to make progress toward a new deal.
How bad will this be? Big deal, small deal, or no problem at all?
A few years too late, Bill Leavy has apologized for mistakes he made in the 2006 Super Bowl though he hasn’t said exactly which calls he is referring to.
There are a handful of calls that are in dispute, but none that were outlandishly bad as we’ve seen in a variety of games in recent years. Here’s a good clip that covers most of them from Super Bowl XL:
What do you think? Which calls is he referring to?