The Drive - Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
You may think it’s odd that you’re reading a column about a referee but when you look deeper, the referee and his crew of any particular game can have a huge impact on the flow of the game, the way penalties are called and so forth. They can have such an impact that there are times where Vegas will call the odds of games based on who the referee and officiating crew are.
Much like in baseball where certain umpires have tight strike zones while others have large strike zones, an NFL referee can be tight with penalties or loose. In baseball, an umpire with a liberal strike zone obviously favors a pitcher who likes to paint the corners while a tight strike zone won’t necessarily favor that pitcher. In football, it’s the same way but of course, in different terms and areas of the game.
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