As we all know, the sign of an excellent NFL officiating crew is one that flawlessly calls 60 minutes of football. Thanks to a breakthrough deal between the NFL and National Football League Referees Association, the quality of the games on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays should improve markedly.
With the deal now in place, 122 officials make their return to the 32 stadiums where NFL action take place.
Speaking of which, the NFL has assigned the crew for Thursday’s Cleveland Browns-Baltimore Ravens game. They are as follows:
Referee Gene Steratore — 10 years of NFL experience
Umpire Bill Schuster — 13 years
Head linesman Wayne Mackie — 6 years
Line judge Jeff Seeman — 11 years
Field judge Bob Waggoner — 16 years
Side judge Jimmy DeBell — 4 years
Back judge Greg Steed — 10 years
The replay official is Larry Nemmers and the replay assistant Ken Dollar.
Combined, we have 70 years of actual NFL officiating experience, as opposed to the replacement officials who were reffing at the NCAA Division I/II/III levels or lower.
While I am happy as a pig in slop that the real officials are back, please don’t take that as a diss of the replacements. Under the circumstances, they did the very best they could do with the cards dealt to them.
But when you have been watching experienced NFL officials do the games for many years, you tend to get spoiled – not that there is anything wrong with that.
Good bye Yugo and welcome back Cadillac!!