August 15, 2001 |
At the same time the NFL is urging officials to show more personality, one of its most recognizable--and vilified--referees plans to fade quietly into the defensive backfield. Phil Luckett, infamous for his controversial coin-toss call in 1998, has voluntarily decided to change jobs from referee to back judge. On the surface, that is a self-imposed demotion; the referee is in charge of the seven-man crew and has the final say on every call.
December 8, 2001 |
SAM FARMER'S NFL RANKINGS WITH COMMENTS 1. Pittsburgh (9-2) Solid corners let Steelers blitz 24/7. 2. St. Louis (9-2) Rams are impressive ... when they hang onto the ball. 3. Chicago (9-2) Bears lead the league in lucky breaks. 4. San Francisco (9-2) Even J.J. Stokes has started to produce. 5. Oakland (8-3) Inability to stop the run will hurt Raiders in the playoffs. 6. Green Bay (8-3) Brett Favre must sit in on Chicago meetings. 7. Miami (8-3) Dolphins have to get their ground game on track. 8.
December 3, 2001 |
Joe Horn didn't have any penalties Sunday. He still had trouble with the officials. Horn, who caught a 17-yard scoring pass from Aaron Brooks with 1:31 remaining to give the New Orleans Saints a 27-23 victory over Carolina, missed another one when he collided with an official at the goal line in the first quarter. It was only one of several strange occurrences that left the Saints (6-5) in need of a rally despite holding the Panthers (1-11) to 150 total yards.
December 27, 1998 |
1. Question: Who gets the second pick in the next NFL draft? Answer: Probably Philadelphia. The expansion Browns get the first pick, most likely taking Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch and leaving the Eagles with Texas running back Ricky Williams as a replacement for Ricky Watters, who left before this season for Seattle. The Eagles have to lose to the Giants today.
December 4, 1998 |
Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills, ripped into NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Thursday for "pompous lectures" and a $50,000 fine for complaints that bad officiating cost his team a game against the New England Patriots. Wilson wasn't alone in his criticism of officials. William Clay Ford Sr., whose Detroit Lions benefited from the coin-toss fiasco, will be similarly punished for his remarks.
November 28, 1998 |
Radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh said Friday it enhanced the audio of a CBS-TV tape and detected someone faintly saying "heads" before Steeler fullback Jerome Bettis said "tails" during the controversial overtime coin flip in the Detroit Lions' 19-16 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Referee Phil Luckett has been blamed by the Steelers for blowing the toss, which gave first possession in overtime to Detroit. The Lions subsequently drove for Jason Hanson's game-winning 42-yard field goal.