Dec. 16, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: NFL referee Jerome Boger signals first down during the game between the Arizona Cardinals against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl XLVII: Meet the Controversial Officiating Crew

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.

POSITION

UNIFORM NO.

OFFICIAL

NFL SEASONS

CAREER PLAYOFF GAMES

Referee

23

  Jerome Boger

9

 

4

 
Umpire

76

  Darrell Jenkins

11

 

6

 
Head Linesman

22

  Steve Stelljes

11

 

6

 
Line Judge

18

  Byron Boston

18

 

16

 
Field Judge

4

  Craig Wrolstad

10

 

7

 
Side Judge

73

  Joe Larrew

11

 

6

 
Back Judge

105

  Dino Paganelli

7

 

5

 

 “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.”

Tags: Baltimore Ravens Jerome Boger San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XLVII

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