Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/12
Veteran NFL referee Ed "Big Guns" Hochuli appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated this past month, likely becoming the first NFL official to grace the 'cursed' cover.Nobody in the history of humanity has ever uttered the "L" word regarding sports officials. Over the years, NFL officials have slowly but surely been gaining more recognition and fame. Growing up, the only official I ever "knew' was the legendary Red Cashion. That was because of Red's special way of announcing decisions to the crowd. Cashion especially got a great deal of joy letting the home team's fans know about decisions that benefited their club."FIRST DOOOWWWWWNNNN!" followed by an enthusiastic first down arm signal. In my memory, he's the only ref who could actually pump up a crowd. I loved this guy, he was awesome.Instant replay went completely away for many years. Then it came back in the form of "coach's challenges". Over the past couple seasons, some plays have become "automatically reviewed", such as sco...
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