With that being said, there is still a conflict of interest if a ref owns a business that could benefit from calls being made when he is assigned games that include/affect local teams. It doesn't necessary mean he makes intentional calls; but, if the NFL were wise or even cared it would't put such refs in that position in the first place.
some referees seen to give some teams a break on calls. the steelers, the pats, giants,denver and green bay
Speak for yourself. There are dysfunctional idiots who parade around stadiums in jerseys they didn't earn looking for conflict and violence but they are in the minority.
I'm sure eventually somone will be killed for wearing the wrong colors but maybe sanity will prevail.
Last edited by HOF58; 11-30-2012 at 11:36 PM.
Besides, this is a ridiculous argument. There are plenty of people who live in areas and root for other teams. There are Steeler fans, Cowboy fans, Giant fans, and Packer fans all over the country. Your officials are hired and graded on their body of work and that's it. If there is reason to believe favoritism, the NFL is not going to just move them to another game, they would fire them. With the NFL's complex tiebreaker rules, there are few games that actually have absolutely no effect on any team. The Philadelphia/Carolina game had no bearing on the Steelers, but in a tiebreak situation it could. If it ever got down to strength of victories, the better Philadelphia's record ends up, the better Pittsburgh's tiebreaker would be. Under this thread's premise the NFL should be hiring only foreigners who have no ties to any area close to a football team!
I saw several comments saying that Steratore should not have Been working a Raven's game because he lives near Pittsburgh.
Too stupid to consider.
As far as refs being recognized for favoring a certain team being recognized: There was a scandal in the amateur ranks that I covered years ago where that occurred with one group of officials (I think two or three were charged at the time) and nobody ever discovered it until one of them got in trouble with gamblers. I covered many games they officiated, and I, nor most people, never suspected a thing. They just made subtle calls at appropriate times to benefit one team (a team that had a pretty good five-year run).
Now, I know the amateur ranks don't get the scrutiny of the NFL, but they also don't have the NFL shield to protect them. Humans officiate games and until that ends (and I am not advocating that it should), there will always be a chance for cheating or underhanded deals on the side by a select few. It is up to us to do anything and everything possible to avoid that from happening.
Last edited by HOF58; 12-01-2012 at 12:52 PM.
It never stops. This from 2007 plus the usual SBlll lunacy.
Member Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Started in Westport ended in Pasadena
Lost all respect for NFL!
The new NFL slogan should be "Cry Me a River"
They should make it a Little more obvious.
1969 and now.
Funny how it all comes back. Colts, Miami fixed games!
Again I don't dislike any of the players, It is just the pricaipal of the whole thing.
Manning was cring for a flag when HIS player tripped himself.
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