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Hawks draw first-year ref

Gene Steratore is the referee assigned to work the Seattle-Arizona game tomorrow, according to the flip card. Steratore has never worked a Seattle game as referee, no surprise given that this is his first season as an NFL referee. He worked a 2004 home victory over the 49ers as field judge on Bill Carollo's crew.

This season, Steratore's crew has assessed 15.5 penalties per game, second-most in the league, according to my records. Coaches have challenged him eight times, winning five reversals. That leaves him with the third-highest reversal rate (.625) in coach-initiated challenges. Note that Cardinals coach Dennis Green has a 1-6 record in replay challenges this season. Mike Holmgren's challenge record is 1-2. Steratore is one of four referees this season whose crew has assessed fewer penalties against road teams (seven fewer in his case).

More on Steratore: He and Jerome Boger are new referees this season. Steratore apparently co-owns a janitorial-supply company.

Also: Steratore's brother, Tony, works as back judge on the crew. Seattle is 1-4 under coach Mike Holmgren when Tony Steratore serves as back judge, notable only because one of those games was the 2004 home loss to Dallas featuring some officiating errors.

FULL REF STATS THROUGH WEEK 13

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