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Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

Posted on: January 18, 2009 3:28 pm
There's a story out there saying Mike Pereira is retiring as the league's vice president of officiating, and that had people here in the Pittsburgh press box scurrying. Only there's nothing new there. Mike Pereira has a contract that expires after next season, and he always said he planned on leaving then. So he is. When I reached him this afternoon,he reiterated his intention to leave when he wanted to leave all along. So there's nothing new there? "No," he said.
Category: NFL

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2009 12:53 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

Awww, another whiney Ravens fan, I see. There were so many no-calls on Ravens holding, the Steelers should have won the game by at least ten more. Stop trying to make excuses by blaming the refs. You were outplayed. Get over it.

The refs didn't help the Steelers intercept Flacco three times. And they sure as hell didn't help the Steelers when they kept turning a blind eye to the Ravens' outrageous and blatant holding, all game long,  They didn't help the Steelers when both Ben and Ward were cheap-shotted enough they both had to leave the field.

The refs didn't do the Cards any favors, either, yet the Cards prevailed through sheer guts and determination.

I'll agree with one thing: The ref'ing this year was atrocious. But they were fair in their bad-calling. Just about every team this year got hit with them.

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2009 10:49 am

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

I guess the NHL ref's have come a long way.  I agree that the NFL officiating has not been very good this year.  I don't think that instant reply is the reason.  I think one step is to add another official somewhere on the field.  Either in the backfield with the referee or another in the defensive backfield or both.  Also, with the billions of $ the NFL makes, they really should make these guys full time employees.  Way overdue.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:29 am
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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2009 11:12 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

mike pereira kind of bothered me sometimes just because of how stubbornly he did stick up for the refs at times where i felt he was completely wrong,  but he did a good job and he can't control what the refs do on the field. The reffing just happened to not do a good job this year but what can you do? Occasionally you'll have those type of years and years where officiating is actually pretty good.

Also that roughing the kickers was called because berger is an awesome actor... he definitely reminds me of a soccer player that acutally tackles somebody unlike 95 percent of all the other punters... still dislike steelers because of the fans that live near me (they are ridiculously obnoxious when it comes to the steelers)

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2009 11:11 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

NFL officiating is garbage.  Instant replay has made them lazy and put more emphasis, not to mention stress, on the coaches.  This league has the worst officials of any professional league in North America.  The commish should be ashamed and ready to to do something about it.  The non pass interference call at the end of the philly/zona game is possibly the perfect way to end the season.  That is of course, assuming they dont screw up in the super bowl and nothing should be assumed when it comes to these clowns. 

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 18, 2009 10:44 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

I agree the officiating is terrible too often.

And I agree the roughing the punter call was completely blown.

You're wrong on the other two, though, 1/2. There is no penalty for helmet to helmet on an open field tackle like that. And the TD from the earlier game has been shown on replay after freeze frame, super-enhanced replay to have been the right call. The ball broke the plane.

I'm a Saints fan, so it's not just homerism.

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2009 10:44 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

  I agree.  I cannot remember ever seeing worse officiating than this past year.  Even with the benefit of instant reply, these morons still f*ck it up.  I hear Tim Donaghy is looking for a job.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 9:11 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

I say good riddance. Honesty has nothing to do with the disaster that is refereeing in the NFL. In business repeated apologies for obvious mistakes is not enough. The calls so far in today's game alone should be enough to show that Pereira's referees are either idiots or Steelers fans. A roughing the kicker on the Ravens when there was no contact, then a no call on a helmet to helmet hit by Limus Sweed, not to mention the "Touchdown" call from the earlier game.  Just a sample of calls that make you cry out for change.             

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 9:07 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

first time ever on a blog, but I just couldn't resist asking how you grade Corollo as a "good referee" but add that you "can't stand him.  do you not like his game attire, or are you married to the TV and football so much you feel a connection that gives you a basis to not like someone you don't know?

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 7:27 pm

Pereira's departure after '09 no surprise

This guy has been completely honest on any mistakes that the Refs have made in a game.  Also though, he has been loyal to his staff and backs them up 99% of the time.

He will be missed.

Also heard Corollo is leaving after this game (Bal/Pit)  I can't stand him, but he is a good refree.

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