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  1. PatsFaninAZ

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    Here is the crew that will be in New England on Sunday. In parenthesis, after the official's name, is the head of the crew for which he worked this year:

    R- Jeff Triplette
    U- Butch Hannah (Walt Anderson)
    HL- Steve Stelljes (Mike Carey)
    LJ- Gary Arthur (Walt Anderson)
    FJ- Tom Sifferman (Ed Hochuli)
    SJ- Greg Meyer (Triplette)
    BJ- Greg Steed (Triplette)

    By process of elimination, it looks as though Mike Carey will get the Super Bowl, but it's too soon to say who the rest of the crew will be, although my best guess for the U is Tony Michalek. Congrats to Carey. His first.
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    A few more details: Corrente will likely be the ALT and Reels will be the replay official, probably.

    Interesting note: Sifferman (on Hochuli's crew) worked the first NE/SD game.
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    Can you give anymore info on Triplette? Like any Pats or Charger games he reffed?
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    Ugh, Jeff Triplette. :( Wasn't he the one who called that infamous pass interference on Asante in the Denver game?
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    Triplette was the Ref, I believe, in that game. But I suspect that Triplette hasn't called a PI penalty since he reffed high school. Refs don't call PI. The only penalty that the Ref would ever really call that would affect the game materially is roughing the passer or kicker.

    Steed was the back judge in the Denver game, and he's in this game too. Mayer was the side judge. He's no longer on Triplette's crew. I don't know which of them called the PI on Asante.
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    great...yet another game the pats will have to play agaisnt the other team and against the refs....surprise surprise?
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    I know Triplette's crew did a Pats game this year, but I can't remember which. I remember they were fine. It will come to me.
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    The ref actually has little impact on the penalties that fans care about -- the most significant thing is that he's the guy that goes under the hood. You care about the line judges and the back and side judges, and some of these are from Triplette's crew and some are not.
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    Hate Triplette. He's got an attitude, and rushes to announce penalties without talking it over. Yes, he was the ref in Denver 2 years ago.
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    @#%% Bob Kraft should pull a Polian and refuse to let him anywhere near the stadium. :mad:
    Why not Ed Hoculi.
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    Triplette's crew had the first Jets game in week 1 this year. That's the only time we saw him.

    Anderson's crew had the Ravens game.

    Carey's crew had the Cowboys game and the Giants game, which is very interesting if the Pats and Giants go to the super bowl.
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    What does this mean? Talking it over with whom?
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    Isn't Triplette a West Coast guy? I remember it was his crew that put the lid on the Pats in Denver. It was he who could have called Watson's forced fumble New England ball.
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    Tough to forecast.

    Ask yourself how league hq sees things.
    Their binkies are out of it now. That changes quite a bit.
    My guess is that they want the Patriots in the Super Bowl. That's not the same as
    wanting the Patriots to WIN the Super Bowl.

    I very much doubt that they'll go so far as to "guide" any official to favor the Pats.
    But i don't think that Park Avenue is ready for Merriman to become their poster boy yet.
    Expect a competently-called, professional game
    with all mistakes exclusively of the honest kind.

    What will the Commish decide to do, though, if Tom faces off against Brett?
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    He lives in North Carolina. Yes, he was the one under the hood in the Denver game.

    He is most famous for hitting a guy in the eye with the penalty flag.
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    If the refs try to F the Pats over again and the Pats lose because of it I honestly don't think I could watch another NFL game for a while. I'd probably want to throw up.
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    Don't be too rash to call out the reffing staff...after all, when stuff gets pulled on the field, it's the kind of thing that people can lose jobs - and their own personal safety - over. Any hidden conspiracy theories notwithstanding, I don't forsee many problems with the reffing this weekend unless the media or the fans try to create them. Should be a well-called, well-run game, I'm hoping.
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    good points there...ur right...so wait until SB to start getting screwed again
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    People seem to have very little conception of how officiating and 7-man crew mechanics work.

    If Jeff Triplette tried to call a face mask 15 yards down field or pass interference, he'd be laughed off the field.

    The ref has down and distance, responsibility for never turning his back on the ball after the U puts it in play, and roughing behind the line of scrimmage. He'll be a back up to the U for certain LOS issues, like false start or ineligible man downfield. He sometimes will be the one that calls grounding, although primarily his job is to see where the QB was when the released the ball and then he'll consult with others to see if the rest of the play is grounding. He's generally responsible for QB fumble issues. He'll call back of the end zone safeties. Sometimes if there is a turnover that goes the other way, he'll have to make certain calls like out of bounds or something if it happens so quickly that the line guys can't get back.

    Other than that, the ref is not the guy that matters very much with respect to controversial calls. He goes under the hood, that's true. He'll mediate disputes if two refs need to discuss something (usually the line and side judges; occasionally the side and back judge). But otherwise, his job is just to announce the penalties that the rest of his crew calls.

    So, in the conference championship game where it's an all star crew, being upset because the ref is the same ref that presided over a game where you didn't like a call that someone on his crew made is kind of silly. The ref didn't have anything to do with it, other than announcing it to the crowd.

    If you have HDTV, watch the ref during a snap and you'll realize it's kind of a stretch to blame Jeff Triplette for a bad PI call made 2 years ago.
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