NFL Referee Craig Ochoa Hilariously Includes Arizona in Ravens vs. Falcons Game

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 10, 2012

Good news, Arizona Cardinals fans: Your team will not be charged a timeout—something that apparently could have happened during the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens

It's NFL preseason time—a grand moment when the players and referees get the wiggles out while uber football nerds watch meaningless games and shout about them like they matter. 

Hooray for sports, bros. 

Again, this is a time for all on the field to hone their craft and inch towards regular-season readiness. This is especially true for the NFL replacement referees. 

One did not get out to a great start on Thursday night. 

Craig Ochoa came back onto the field in the first quarter after looking into a replay. From the start, Ochoa sounded like a nervous wreck. 

As Busted Coverage points out, the man is a highway commissioner by day, so announcing to a crowd of thousands may seem a bit daunting. 

Now, he is getting a ton of grief in social-media circles for being ill-equipped to handle the task of knowing which teams were on the field. 

I say we all take two chill pills and wait until the regular season, because this was just one flub for Ochoa, albeit a hilarious one. 

Hey, even Peyton Manning threw a pick Thursday night. 


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