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  1. Bill Leavy, downgraded NFL referee, makes another mistake on pena...

    Kevin Seifert

    Referee Bill Leavy, who was downgraded after a Week 1 mistake, erred again in applying the NFL rule book Sunday.

    Story | Conversation | September 22, 2013
  2. Packers-Bears II: Lovie's final home game?

    Kevin Seifert

    CHICAGO -- Good morning from Soldier Field. As you can see from this Instagram photograph it is cloudy, windy and mournful here as we await what could be one of the more significant games in recent NFC North history. Flags around the country are a...

    Blog | December 16, 2012
  3. Aaron Rodgers loves those 'free plays'

    Kevin Seifert

    It's not an uncommon play in football. A defender encroaches on the line of scrimmage, perhaps fooled by the quarterback's cadence. Flags fly, the ball is snapped and the offense has what's known as a "free play." If something goes wrong, of cours...

    Blog | October 25, 2012
  4. Dirty Laundry: Three plays at Soldier Field

    Kevin Seifert

    As we await possible fines and potential suspensions from Sunday's chippy game at Soldier Field, public discussion has centered mostly around three plays -- none of which directly drew a penalty flag. Let's look at each play. The first came at the...

    Blog | November 16, 2011
  5. Lions-Bears II: Kickoff/chat approaching

    Kevin Seifert

    CHICAGO -- Kickoff is approaching at Soldier Field. Wind will definitely be a factor, for some plays if not all game long. There have been some instances of low-hanging flags around the stadium, but kicking during pregame was a sight to behold and th...

    Blog | November 13, 2011
  6. Lions-Bears II: Devin Hester limited?

    Kevin Seifert

    CHICAGO -- Greetings from Soldier Field, where I can confirm the wind has already kicked up enough for the American flags around the plaza to be whipping at right angles. Inside the stadium, where the winds are less predictable, the flags above the g...

    Blog | November 13, 2011
  7. Vikings stadium: No alarms in state report

    Kevin Seifert

    I'll be the first to admit I'm an amateur observer of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium push and the politics associated with it. But for what it's worth, I don't see any red flags in a newly released state report on the Arden Hills stadium project. ...

    Blog | October 12, 2011
  8. Dirty Laundry: Strategy and bad calls

    Kevin Seifert

    Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who admittedly has taken some unorthodox approaches to throwing the red flag in his career, has nailed all three of his challenges in the past two weeks. But the circumstances of the most recent instance support...

    Blog | November 04, 2010
  9. FavreWatch: Feigning fiasco

    Kevin Seifert

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --- The last thing Brett Favre wants to do, he said Thursday, is "raise red flags." But if you listened during Favre's weekly news conference, you heard these gems: "I'm not really sure who I'm throwing to on particular plays."...

    Blog | September 23, 2010
  10. Rewind'09: Dirty Laundry

    Kevin Seifert

    Dirty Laundry was originally conceived as a way to track the success and failure of each NFC North coach in using their challenge flags. It morphed into a landing spot for discussion on any number of officiating issues, but let's circle back this wee...

    Blog | January 06, 2010
  11. Dirty Laundry: More horsecollar action

    Kevin Seifert

    We've had a number of conversations in this space about the horsecollar rule, most recently as it was applied during the Nov. 15 game between Minnesota and Detroit. In that instance, you might recall, officials did not flag Lions cornerback Phillip B...

    Blog | December 02, 2009
  12. Flags flying at the Metrodome

    Kevin Seifert

    MINNEAPOLIS -- We've slowed to a crawl here at the Metrodome, thanks in large part to Walt Coleman's flag-happy officiating crew. By my count, there were six separate penalties called during Minnesota's most recent possession, including five in a ...

    Blog | November 29, 2009
  13. Rice's knee still healing?

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert Caught a bit of a red flag in this Q&A with Minnesota receiver Sidney Rice, a topic of many offseason questions from NFC North readers. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune asked Rice about his knee, which trou...

    Blog | May 16, 2009
  14. Sorry, conspiracy theorists: Nothing to see here

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- I know what you're thinking, or at least some of you. A player with a long list of red flags fails to show up for his first official workout with his new team. Said player ends up in t...

    Blog | May 01, 2009
  15. Green Bay's decision on A. Smith now tougher

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert Uh-oh. It's usually a warning sign when a draft-eligible player changes agents in the middle of April, and, well, Alabama offensive lineman Andre Smith doesn't need any more red flags. But that's exa...

    Blog | April 13, 2009
  16. Behind the numbers: Coaches' challenge

    Kevin Seifert

    Posted by's Kevin Seifert Continuing our series of year-end statistical analysis, we bring you the red-flag rates of the NFC North's four coaches in 2008. Yes, ESPN Stats & Information tracks every challenge in regular-season gam...

    Blog | January 12, 2009