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Daily Madden: Are Refs Throwing Too Many Flags?

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Illegal contact and illegal use of hands penalties are way up in the NFL this season. “It just shows how much they were getting away with before,” John Madden told the […]

CONNECT WITH KCBS–09/22/2014

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talks with quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 during the first quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: 49ers Can’t Blame Refs For Second Half Collapse

The 49ers again fell apart in the second half of a game, letting the Arizona Cardinals overcome a 14-6 half time deficit to win 23-14. Some players and fans blamed the officials.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–09/22/2014

Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 and linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 15, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Fewer Flags Will Benefit The Seahawks

Statistics show fewer penalties are called in NFL playoff games than in regular season games.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/16/2014

London Fletcher 38 is still an effective linebacker in the NFL. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Hope For Aging Athletes

Is 35 the new 25? A new study confirms that well-conditioned athletes will be able to lengthen their careers longer than ever before.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–11/20/2013

Michael Crabtree (15) of the San Francisco 49ers could not catch this pass in the end zone near the end of the game in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, February 3, 2013. Baltimore won, 34-31. (Paul Morse/Getty Images)

Rams Coach Agrees With 49ers’ Harbaugh: Refs Goofed With Super Bowl No-Call

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the Baltimore Ravens’ Jimmy Smith should have been called for pass interference on Michael Crabtree during the San Francisco 49ers’ final offensive play of Super Bowl XLVII.

02/20/2013

Jacksonville Jaguars v Oakland Raiders

Daily Madden: The Raiders Win Ugly

The Oakland Raiders overcame a 14 point deficit to beat the Jaguars in overtime at the Coliseum Sunday. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew the Raiders win wasn’t pretty, especially considering the Jaguars lost star running back Maurice Jones Drew and quarterback Blaine Gabbert to injury early in the game.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–10/22/2012

Referees take the field before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens led the Browns 9-7 at the half. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Should Regular NFL Officials Take A Bow?

The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and the fans gave them a warm welcome back before bestowing their loudest cheers upon the Baltimore Ravens, who never trailed in a 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.

09/28/2012

NFL referee Ed Hochuli at Cowboys Stadium on September 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: NFL Referees Return; Lockout Effects To Linger

The sigh of relief will not erase three weeks of controversial calls, John Madden told the KCBS morning crew.

09/27/2012

Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells at an official following an offensive interference penalty against the Patriots in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Refs Dispute ‘Throwing Manure’ On Some Good Football

Representatives from the NFL and the officials union met through early Wednesday morning, but there was no word of a settlement in their contract dispute. John Madden told the KCBS morning crew he expects the owners themselves to get more involved.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–09/26/2012

Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks wrestles with cornerback M.D. Jennings #43 of the Green Bay Packers after making a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

KCBS Sports Fans: ‘Clueless in Seattle’ Is NFL’s Waterloo

The episode some are calling “Clueless in Seattle” makes it clear that the NFL’s lost its battle with its referees. The lockout has to end, and it has to end soon.

09/25/2012

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