February 20, 2013 2:59 pm
Ravens fans go back to the late hit out of bounds. Got it. I understand that probably should have been called. Then we argue about Williams and his presence in the game after hitting a ref. Got that. I am talking about the way that plays were in the defensive backfield. That was my only concern. A late hit on a QB, a guy pushing a ref are not plays in the defensive backfield. Consistency, or inconsistency, in how the refs making calls in the defensive backfield were done is my only gripe.
Overall, the refs were pathetic for BOTH sides, and the NFL needs to stop putting the Super Bowl in the hands of guys who can't do the job. Head referee Jerome Boger had his scores retabulated several times during the season, with his scores being raised each and every time. Here is a tidbit of great information about Boger...
Boger was chosen to be the referee of [Super Bowl XLVII], held at the [Mercedes-Benz Superdome] in [New Orleans] on February 3, 2013, only the second African-American to do so behind [Mike Carey] five years earlier. His selection sparked some controversy: According to Eric Adelson of [Yahoo! Sports], several other NFL officials questioned the leagues' officiating department's grading process, claiming that all of Boger's downgrades during the season were reversed.
I certainly hope this was not a race issue. And if it was, then I have no problem seeing Mike Carey over and over again. He's one of the best in the NFL. And if it was, then shame on the NFL.
I thought that this was an appropriate passage from writer Ray Ratto, prior to the Super Bowl. I think it sums up everything best. It is a perfect statement that there was problem BEFORE the game had ever even played.
Our point here is that there is no way of telling whether Jerome Boger is or isn’t the right man for the job until he and his crew screw it up. And that the same could be said for Gene Steratore’s, or Tony Corrente’s, or Cleve Blakeman’s. A good call is a festival of hope in a hopeless situation.
And if grades got changed to honor an unworthy official, well, league offices have been messing with officiating in all sports, on the idiotic and largely disproven theory that they know better than the people who actually do it. They don’t. They can’t. And they want it anyway. They’re stupid that way.
All we know is this: if Boger’s crew drops a whopper at some point that offends the 49ers, Jim Harbaugh will lose his dome. He’ll throw a hat, he’ll jump with his knees hitting his chest, he’ll slam down his headset, he’ll carpet-F-bomb someone’s ears.
And we as a nation will be all the better for it. In the immortal words of both Bill Raftery and Bo Diddley, “Send It In, Jerome.”
February 25, 2013 12:32 am
wow.............are we still talking about this..............ya'll crack me up.