Officiating in History

Tales of big games, big calls and the officials that worked them.

Officiating in History

Officiating in History
Tales of big games, big calls and the officials that worked them.

Mike Carey’s All-Time Memorable Game

It is Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz. The New England Patriots are attempting to become the second undefeated team in pro football history,...

Underdog Upset: App. State beats Michigan – Sept. 1, 2007

The giant was going to slay Jack and burn his beanstalk. Goliath was going to smother David and obliterate his slingshot. The cheetah was going to bring down the gazelle and...

Highest-Scoring Game in NCAA History: Troy State vs. DeVry Jan. 12, 1992 

Defense went out the window when Troy State and DeVry Institute engaged in the highest-scoring game in NCAA history. Fifty-one three-pointers by one team are just part of...

Locked Out

Late on the evening of Sept. 24, 2012, three men enjoy a nightcap at a New York City hotel. On the TV, the Seattle...

The Game Of The Century – Notre Dame vs. Michigan State 1966

In a game that featured number one against number two — Notre Dame vs. Michigan State — college football fans were highly anticipating which...

Webber’s Timeout: Michigan vs. UNC 1993 NCAA Championship

The 1993 NCAA men’s basketball championship game was one of the most famous college hoops game ever. Why? Because the new guard — Michigan’s...

The Glory Road Game

Thornton Jenkins had so much more than an NCAA basketball championship game to officiate when Texas Western tipped off against the University of Kentucky...

You Are There: Trumbull Upsets Taiwan in 1989 LLWS Final

If it’s David versus Goliath stories you are looking for, you need to go no further than the 1989 Little League World Series championship game between Taiwan and Trumbull, Conn. And...

Behind the Scenes on the Legendary Woodson Interception

On Oct. 25, 1997, Michigan State’s Todd Schultz took the third-and-long snap in Spartan Stadium with a little more than two minutes left in...
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You Are There: Boise State’s Statue of Liberty vs. Oklahoma 2007

Some eyebrows were raised when Boise State was selected for the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Broncos were a perfect 12-0 during the 2006 season, but some questioned the caliber...

US vs. USSR 1972 Olympic Men’s Basketball Final  

Peter Rodgers never figured that by opening a gift, he’d close the book on a lingering controversy. The birthday present Rodgers received should, at the very least,...

Emmett Ashford – a rare personality

From the minors to the majors, Emmett Ashford was an umpire who had style. His career was typified by an incident in his first...

You Are There: UCLA Streak Snapped

There are only three “streaks” in sports that matter: DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive game “iron man” streak and UCLA’s 88-game winning...

Partner’s Heart Attack on the Court is Never Forgotten

I26t is Aug. 20, 2002 and the WNBA is becoming firmly entrenched as a professional league, now in the playoffs of its sixth season....

Mayhem in Cleveland: Browns vs. Jaguars Dec. 16, 2001

It started out as a feel-good day that would eventually take a serious turn for the worse. There was no way of telling that...

Infamous Bartman Foul Ball – Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins – October 14, 2003

Chicago Cubs fans were left numb by a disastrous 2002 campaign, which saw the club finish fifth in the NL Central Division and 28...

Bronx Brawl – Yankees vs. Orioles – May 19, 1998

Over the years, MLB has seen its share of bench-clearing brawls. The bench-clearing part of it? OK. But the brawl part of it? Not...

Bobby Knight Throws A Chair

Bobby Knight’s molten rage briefly bubbled beneath the surface until, like Vesuvius, he erupted in a pyrotechnic fury. The Indiana basketball coach blew his top...

College Football Officiating at 150

DYK? Referees did not make all rulings in college football games until 1876. As college football marks its 150th anniversary this season, it is only...

Hammerin’ Hank 715

It was perhaps the most sacred of all of baseball’s sacred records, but when Hank Aaron launched long ball number 715, he became baseball’s...

Umpire George Magerkurth Ruled With An Iron Fist

S Umpire George Magerkurth ruled with an iron fist, which he wasn’t above wielding when challenged on a baseball diamond. Magerkurth worked 2,808 regular-season games and...

Eight Is Enough: 1985 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship

You would think after officiating more than 166 minutes of a soccer game, the sweat-soaked officials had put in a full day and would...

You Are There: Cooney Launches the Rocket

Then-Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens charges at umpire Terry Cooney after Cooney ejected the fiery fireballer during game four of the 1990 ALCS. AL...

MLB umpire Steve Rippley ejects 17 during one ’84 game

It may happen that an umpire can go through an entire career without a “hat trick.” That’s baseball parlance for ejecting three participants in...

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