Skip to comments.Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette retiring as NFL refs, replaced by Alex Kemp, Shawn Hochuli
Posted on 03/06/2018 11:47:18 AM PST by EdnaMode
Sweeping changes in terms of NFL referees are coming in 2018 as the original gun show, Ed Hochuli, will be walking away from his smedium stripes.
Hochuli will be joined in the pasture by longtime ref Jeff Triplette, NFL VP of Officiating Al Riveron announced on Tuesday afternoon. And he will be replaced by his son, Shawn Hochuli.
Al Riveron ✔ @alriveron Congratulations to our 2 newest @NFL referees, former BJ Shawn Hochuli & former SJ Alex Kemp. Best wishes to our 2 retiring referees, Ed Hochuli & Jeff Triplette.
It was expected Triplette would walk away from the NFL after the 2017 playoffs, which featured him, rather surprisingly, getting a playoff call in the Titans-Chiefs game. That game featured some, ahem, questionable officiating and led to more questions about the nature of the assignment.
But the past is the past and Triplette, for all the questionable officiating he may have doled out in the past, shouldn't be buried on his way out.
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Ah, but will the new officials ‘take the knee’ during the national anthem? I’m sure they want to keep the Commish happy!
LOL. I believe he is an attorney in addition to being a referee. That may provide some explanation.
Those were the two worst refs in the league.
I’m gonna miss Big Ed. Always hated how they changed the ref unis to hide his guns. Seen a couple interviews with him, neat guy.
Yes, Hochuli has been practicing law in Arizona for many years. I ran into his firm sometimes when I was practicing there.
Suppose we’ll see more of the brother, Jerome Boger. You know that guy with the squeaky voice...”Hoding, fitteen yods, steel thoid down”
Glad to see theres no nepotism in the NFL.
That makes sense!
Both retiring referees appeared old and confused during last year’s playoffs. I think Ed meant to retire but Triplette (who’ll be forever infamous in Seattle for the most suspicious officiating in Super Bowl history in a loss to Pittsburgh - one he later admitted some of the calls may have been wrong) was practically pushed out the door for his officiating last January.
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We’ll miss ‘giving him the business’ explanations.
The ref who made the popular “giving him the business” explanation was Ben Dreith.
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