Another Super Bowl in the books. Before turning the page on the offseason, here’s what jumped out at me about officiating in the big game.
1. Vinovich started the match off on the right foot.
We have long said that the toss is very important and helps immediately set the tone for the game. During rehearsal the day before, the lights shine and burn as everyone is ready to start the match. Referee Bill Vinovich got the match off to a good start.
2. Officials aren’t afraid to make a decision in overtime.
In a close game, and especially in overtime, officials want the teams to decide the game. But when a team gains an unfair advantage, they must throw the flag. The crew rose to the challenge.
3. Work-study students everywhere!
Gone are the days of two officials walking the sidelines waiting for an official to get injured. Alternate playoff officials play a vital role in the game. They act as liaisons between game officials and coaches when there is a stoppage or when a coach has a question or needs to make a penalty decision. If you watched the Super Bowl closely, backup referees converged on out-of-bounds plays and even came onto the field to help the referees break up faceoffs. Substitutes cannot call plays or penalties, but they are a big help to the seven officials on the field during critical moments in the playoffs.
4. A new referee model
In the 1970s, Lou Palazzi and Pat Harder were model referees for amateur officials to emulate. In the 1980s, it was Al Conway. In the 1990s it was Ron Botchan and Jim Quirk, Sr. Today’s referee must be the most agile referee on the field because he must follow the play and arrive quickly on the scene to spot the ball at the end of the game. play.
Terry Killens is quickly becoming a model referee for the 2020s. He moves well, spots the ball quickly and when things get hectic, Killens quickly arrives at the powder keg and helps his fellow officials calm things down. Although the NFL referee is in a completely different position than high school and college referees, many amateur officials can learn a lot by watching the number 77.
5. What a retirement game!
Tom Hill and Mark Perlman retire tied for second place in the NFL’s all-time playoff assignment record with 27 playoff games. Not everyone can retire with an instant classic. Not these two! Not only did they play an exciting game, but they also distinguished themselves by making good choices.
Hill and Perlman leave the field in peak form. And in their last match, they left everything on the field.
Wasn’t week 1 only a few weeks ago?
The season goes by so quickly, and like the end of an overtime game, the season ends quickly. But we’ll be following NFL referees this offseason, team and squad news, and spring pro leagues.
Stay tuned for more off-season referee news! Three months and three days until the NFL begins the 2024 officiating season with Memo 1.