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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.

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Romo Fumbles Away Another Win??

With Dallas down 10-0 early in the fourth quarter, Tony Romo was sacked and fumbled the ball which was eventually recovered Clay Mathews and gave the Packers the ball at the Dallas 3 yard line.

But was the ball recovered by Felix Jones first? On the clip below, the play is shown at the 2:45 mark.

Jeff Triplette and his crew ruled that the ball was a fumble the entire way throughout and therefore Wade Phillips was unable to challenge. After watching the replay several times today, I believe the officials had this one correct, do you?

Should Jerry Jones be forced to raise the Cowboys scoreboard?

Over the weekend Titans backup punter AJ Trapasso hit the giant scoreboard at the new Dallas stadium with a punt.  As a result, the play was erased and they did it again.  However, if people are already hitting the scoreboard with punts now, it’s quite likely to happen again.

However, the cost to raise the scoreboard to a greater distance from the field will be around $2 million.  Jerry Jones says it’s already five feet higher than league standards, so he has no intention of paying to fix it.

My question to you:  Should he pay to fix it, should the NFL pay to fix it, or should they just leave it alone?

Here is a video of the punt hitting the scoreboard:

Jerry Jones fined $25K for comments about the referees

Just days after Saints’ coach Sean Payton was fined $15,000 for ripping the officials, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been fined $25,000 for a similar offense.

Jones had made comments about Ed Hochuli‘s famous week one mistake in the Broncos-Chargers game.  Jones admits he was out of line, saying that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is “doing his job”.

Jones was fined more than Payton because owners are held to a higher standard.  Chargers coach Norv Turner was not fined for referring to the blown call as “unacceptable”, since he limited himself to that single word and referred all other questions about the matter to the league office.