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Warning from former head of NFL refs


Warning from former head of NFL refs

Nothing to see here, folks. Lets just move it right along.

That what Mike Pereira, former NFL vice president of officiating, is saying about how the league wants everyone to view the replacement referees well be seeing while the regular officials are locked out.

Pereira, now a commentator for Fox, said in a radio interview (via Pro Football Talk) that the NFL has told coaches to say good things about the officials. Meanwhile, Pereira said the league isnt telling the truth about the credentials or lack of credentials of the replacements.

The league wants as little out as possible, Pereira said. They dont want people talking about it. They dont want me talking about it.

Pereira cited the example of one official that the league said had BCS-level experience when he did not, that this same official didnt even last a full season in the Lingerie Football League.

Nobody is likely going to notice much if the replacements work through the preseason, because nobody really cares too much during the exhibition season anyway. But if these officials none of whom is coming to the NFL from major college conferences start working regular-season games, the likelihood of a series of bad calls that affect outcomes rises. And if you complained about the officiating before, it will only get much worse if the real referees dont come back.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.