The Super Bowl is five days away and people are already complaining about the officials.
The NFL announced today that Jerome Boger will be referee in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, stirring up complaints from his fellow coworkers, who thought Boger was picked based on favoritism instead of merit.
Each official and his crew are “graded” after every game, with “downgrades” given for every mistake they make (i.e. blown call).
Which is where the corruption comes in. Boger apparently received eight downgrades during the entire 2012 season, and all of them were overturned, or reversed, by the NFL.
“[Boger] shouldn’t even be eligible for the game,” an official told Yahoo. “Everybody basically knows what’s happening. You see when grades appear, and when grades mysteriously disappear. Any incorrect call or missed call will disappear for no reason at all.”
Boger has been an NFL official since 2004, and has refereed three divisional playoff games in his career. This will be his first time officiating a Super Bowl.
Here is the complete list of officials for the Super Bowl, coming straight from an NFL press release.
CAREER PLAYOFF GAMES
|Jerome Boger|| |
|Darrell Jenkins|| |
|Head Linesman|| |
|Steve Stelljes|| |
|Line Judge|| |
|Byron Boston|| |
|Field Judge|| |
|Craig Wrolstad|| |
|Side Judge|| |
|Joe Larrew|| |
|Back Judge|| |
|Dino Paganelli|| |
“We congratulate Jerome and his entire crew on being assigned to work at Super Bowl XLVII,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating Carl Johnson. “Just like the two competing teams, every member of this officiating crew has had an outstanding season and earned this honor. We are confident that they will have a great game on Sunday.”