Super Bowl XLVII: NFL Corrupt in Selecting Referee?


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

Jerome Boger will be the referee for Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and Ravens next Sunday, but his co-workers are unhappy about it.

According to a Yahoo Sports report, Boger was picked “based on favoritism, not solely on 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.