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Referee Assignments and Discussion for Week 7

Week 7 of the NFL kicks off tonight in Arizona with the Seahawks playing the Cardinals, but we’re still not sure which ref will be handling the game. In fact, we’re still missing quite a few assignments for this week, so please head over to our week 7 page if you know of any others that we can fill in.

If you see any calls or actions that are noteworthy, use the comments on this post to discuss them.

Enjoy the games!

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Referee Assignments and Discussion for Week 6

Week 6 of the NFL kicks off tonight in Chicago with John Parry handling the Giants at the Bears. We’re still trying to find the rest of the assignments for this weekend, but you can see what we’ve found so far over on the week 6 page.

If you see any calls or actions that are noteworthy, use the comments on this post to discuss them.

Enjoy the games!

Some fun thoughts from our readers

Despite the text on our contact page saying otherwise, people chew me out a lot for “my” mistakes in football games.  To be clear, I’m a 37-year-old web developer that lives in Atlanta, married, with two kids.  I have no direct affiliation with anyone in any leagues.  This site is for fun and sharing information and most of you are great with sharing what you know.

That said, it’s amazing how many people think I’m responsible, either directly on the field (complaining about a bad call *I* made) or in a position of authority (complaining about *my* refs).  I typically just reply in humor, often blaming them for something they had nothing to do with either (like the weather or the government shutdown).

I find that those that get the most upset tend to:

  1. Have a very low education level, based on their excessive profanity and lack of decent grammar and spelling.
  2. Provide fake email addresses, which takes the fun out of it for me.

Here are a few I’ve received in the past few weeks. No text has been changed in the messages, other than filtering out some profanity.  Enjoy!

From Chris (or Mitch; he changed his name after a few messages):

You stole a game from us (arkansas) in 2009 now OCT 5 against Florida u made an absolute wrong call should have been fumble and arkansas ball but u cheated arkansas again u piece of s##t mother f##kers you need to be fired. I Hate You!!!!!!!!!!

:: We emailed back and forth a bit, but he’s still very confused and angry.  I kinda feel bad for him.

From Pat (or Trish?):

I would love to Vent but since you would like a topic –

“Unfair and Blatant BAD CALLs for the Raiders” This team has had more than it’s fair share of bad calls to give the other teams an unfair advantage year after year.

:: So they want to vent, realize it’s pointless, then vent anyhow.  Awesome.

From Vic:

your refs suck

:: I have my own refs now! Anybody need one?

From Daniel:

Why do the refs hate the bucs and penalize us on a foul that nevered happened and why is ot a no fun league and pu##y league

:: I had a witty reply for Daniel that tied into the refs being scared of the cannons going off if the Bucs score, but it went over his head.  Too bad.

From Paul:

How hard can it be to make the right call. Every game every week so many bad calls. You should review every call than you could see just how many bad ones you make. You really take the fun out of football when you refs decide the outcome.
Just get it right.

:: I probably do make a lot of bad calls every week, but they’re typically related to work or my family. It’d be cool if I could review them all and make corrections.  Anyone want to follow me around with a video camera?

From Michael:

Venting to me IS the point!
The NFL league and Refs need to understand they have created a Wussy man form of football that is destroying football as Americans know it. Refs need to keep that d##n yellow flag in their pocket except for flagrant fowls. But no! every time time a player sneezes on an opposing player they think they have to throw the flag! It has become disgusting, insulting and game destroying for fans. I am close to quit watching NFL games. Too bad none of you have a clue.

:: I often hear that I don’t have a clue, yet their email shows that they’re actually the ones without a clue.  Irony?

From Tom:

how is that not a fumble in the Jets game wow still looks like your cheating for a team that has killers and criminals on it

:: Excellent punctuation and spelling.  Also, I wasn’t on the field for that game.

From Richard:

Just as bad as baseball. You clowns are pathetic bastards. You are destroying sports because you blow calls nonstop. They need to just use instant replay and get rid of a bunch of useless bastards.

:: Interesting idea; no refs and 100% instant replay.  That would be some crazy long games.  Good for ad revenue, I suppose.  Also, apparently I’m a bastard.

From Thomas:

You fools cost Green Bay the ball game today! We will be filing a lawsuit against you and anyone affiliated with the NFL refs and will ensure the lead ref will not work again! We will publish his name all over online and embarrass the hell out of him. You can take this to the bank!

:: Thomas is going to sue me.  Unrelated, he sent this well-founded threat from a bogus email account.

From Brandon:

I am watching the fourth preseason 2013 of the rams. I beleive the head referee is the worst ref in history. He has called some bullshit plays and should not be a ref in the nfl. He has called every penalty against the rams and only one against ravens. He should call a fair game or go home. You suck and should retire. I would rather ref than have you in exsistence in the nfl.

:: I would LOVE to retire.  That would be so cool.  Anyone want to buy GreenMellen Media for like $10 million?

From Steve:

Your NFL refs suck so bad, even preseason. GO##MN AWFUL. Take a good long look at your PIT/ KC game Aug 24. GO##MN HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:: Complaining about the outcome of a preseason game is a major red flag of caring too much.  Also, see the 2008 Detroit Lions and their 4-0 preseason.  Those games really don’t mean much.

The season is young — I’ll share more as they continue to come in throughout the year. 🙂

Referee assignments and discussion for Week 5

Week 5 of the NFL kicks off tonight in Cleveland with Pete Morelli handling the Bills at the Browns.  We’re still trying to find the rest of the assignments for this weekend, but you can see what we’ve found so far over on the week 5 page.

If you see any calls or actions that are noteworthy, use the comments on this post to discuss them.

Enjoy the games!

Referee assignments for Week 4

Week 4 of the NFL kicks off tonight in St. Louis with Jeff Triplette, and we have the full schedule of refs for this week posted on our week 4 page.

If you see any calls or actions that are noteworthy, use the comments on this post to discuss them.

Enjoy the games!

Referee assignments for week 3

Week 3 of the NFL kicks off tonight in New England with Walt Anderson, and we have many of the other assignments figured out but still have a few holes.

Check them out for yourself, and leave a comment on the post with the missing details if you know about any of the others.

Enjoy the games!

Referee assignments for week 2

Week 2 of the NFL kicks off tonight in New England with Carl Cheffers, and we have most of the rest of the assignments figured out.

Check them out for yourself, and leave a comment on the post with the missing details if you know about any of the others.

Enjoy the games!

The blown late-hit enforcement in the Packers-Niners game

Many of you are already talking about this play that occurred in the Packers-Niners game a little while ago.

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The staff at FootballZebras have a nice recap of what happened. In part:

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was flagged for a late hit on Kaepernick well after Kaepernick had stepped out of bounds. The two teams engaged in a small scuffle afterward, when the 49ers were hit with unnecessary roughness foul.

Because the Matthews foul was two steps after the ball was dead, the fouls were on the dead-ball side of the ledger, and the proper call is to offset the two fouls and the down counts. That would have given the 49ers a fourth down and a likely field goal situation.

Instead, Bill Leavy and the crew offset and replayed the down. The 49ers took another shot for the end zone, and they scored.

While I don’t agree that it necessarily “cost Green Bay the game”, as some are saying, it certainly didn’t help.  The Niners still might have gone on to win, but you never know.  Clay Matthews also had that soccer-esque fake dive to try and draw a penalty late the game, which fortunately the refs didn’t believe.  My opinion of him certainly dropped today.

That said, this is a bad way for the refs to start the season.  A blown call or bad judgement is one thing, but this is simply a misinterpretation of the rules that was clearly wrong and had a dramatic impact on the game.  Not good…

Check out the FootballZebras post for a bit more info about it.

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.

John Parry to ref the Hall of Fame game on Sunday

John Parry has been assigned to the first preseason NFL game this season when the Dolphins and Cowboys play on Sunday night.

Due to some odd circumstances in the past few years, this is the first time a regular crew will be handling this game. As reported by FootballZebras.com:

Last year, an official from the Lingerie Football League headed a crew while the union officials were locked out. In 2011, the game was cancelled because the players had not resolved their impasse with the league in time to stage the game. And, this year, the replay officials are still negotiating a contract, but they have not been locked out or gone on strike.

Are you ready for some football?