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Your Super Bowl referee is John Parry

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak talks with Referee John Parry before challenging a Tampa Bay Buccaneers interception in Tampa Reuters

We’ve known the teams taking part in the Super Bowl for some time now, but we were waiting on word about who would be officiating the game.

The wait is over. The NFL announced Wednesday that John Parry will be the referee for Super Bowl XLVI. Parry worked the Super Bowl between the Colts and Bears as a side judge, but this is his first time in charge of the whole rodeo. He was promoted to the top job after that Super Bowl and has worked nine playoff games since then, including the 49ers-Saints game in this year’s playoffs.

The rest of the crew is made up of the men who received top grades at their respective positions. They are umpire Carl Paganelli, head linesman Tom Stabile, line judge Gary Arthur, field judge Gary Cavaletto, side judge Laird Hayes and back judge Tony Steratore. The replay assistant will be former NFL referee Larry Nemmers.

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  1. popdawg99 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:45 PM

    John Parry should get a bonus. Bill Leavy should not be allowed to watch the game.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 1, 2012 2:45 PM

    You’d think assembling a crew that hasn’t worked together before – for the biggest game of the year – would be a bad thing, not a good thing.

  3. uberniner says: Feb 1, 2012 2:46 PM

    The officials have been really bad this year. I hope they make a few of them (at least) full-time and improve their judgment skills.

  4. jakek2 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:47 PM

    Boooooo. It should have been Mike Carey!!! The last of the refs who actually LET THEM PLAY!

  5. bovice23 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:48 PM

    They gave it to the guy who reffed the 49ers-Saints game? The only worse choice would be the guys who did the GB-NYG game. I would honestly like to see Mike Carey do the superbowl, hes one of the few refs I dont find incompetent.

  6. DonRSD says: Feb 1, 2012 2:50 PM

    thank God Bill Leavy isnt an official in any regard.

    he gave the Steal-ers the superbowl bs the seahawks and tried to give the packers the game vs the giants in the divisional round.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  7. thatobnoxiousguy says: Feb 1, 2012 2:54 PM

    I see that this is a very Pro-New England crew.

  8. sj39 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    I wonder how much Kraft paid for this crew.

  9. duncanthecat says: Feb 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    Hopefully they are aware that NE has cheated in prior SuperBowls.

  10. lapsncaps says: Feb 1, 2012 2:59 PM

    While I am happy for Parry and the rest of the crew that gets to officiate the Super Bowl, I just feel it should to the best “team” of officials. That very well may be Parry and a few of the other guys, but to take people who have never worked together and throw them into a game such as this may make or miss calls they usually don’t. The known tendencies of each other won’t be there and in return create poor officiating, which we have definitely seen in the Super Bowl.

  11. habsman says: Feb 1, 2012 3:01 PM

    Is the fix (wink) still in???

    Woo Hooo, Shiney, untainted, clean Lombardi number 4 on the way!

    TUCKed next to the other shiney, clean, untainted trophies.

    Any nervous trolls out there?

  12. herkulease says: Feb 1, 2012 3:03 PM

    The O-Lines for each team should be very happy.

    Might even be an offensive shoot out.

    the Saints/Niners game featured 148 plays.

    Yet not a single holding penalty.

    There were just 3 penalties total. Kick catch interference, and two pass interference calls.

  13. sj39 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:08 PM

    All the cheating deniers amaze me. We all know they cheated. They got caught, admitted it and were fined and lost a first rounder for it. They cheated.

  14. needle379 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:12 PM

    Ahh who cares we all know the real referee is Las Vegas

  15. sickpuppyz says: Feb 1, 2012 3:23 PM

    @sj39: one psycho who didn’t get caught yet is you. buddy you need medication. you are nothing but a worthless troll.

  16. hairpie says: Feb 1, 2012 3:23 PM

    ESPN is the rag that used the term “cheaters”.. the Commish said there was “no competative advantage.” But you can still whine and cry like teenage girls though.

  17. habsman says: Feb 1, 2012 3:27 PM

    @sj39,

    Are you crying?

    It’s good to know the refs are bought and paid for. Shiney trophy number four on the way! And why not, didn’t the refs give the Steelers the big prize vs. the Seahawks?

    Can’t wait to TUCK away shiney, untainted number four on Sunday.

    What are you going to do about it?

  18. billionsvsmillions says: Feb 1, 2012 3:28 PM

    habsman says:Feb 1, 2012 3:01 PM

    Is the fix (wink) still in???

    Woo Hooo, Shiney, untainted, clean Lombardi number 4 on the way!

    TUCKed next to the other shiney, clean, untainted trophies.

    Any nervous trolls out there?

    —Only # 4? Hahaha Too bad so sad.

  19. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 1, 2012 3:28 PM

    “thatobnoxiousguy says:
    Feb 1, 2012 2:54 PM
    I see that this is a very Pro-New England crew.”

    And here class we see a classic textbook example of a Patriot hater comment in action. You’ll note that the statement is based on absolutely nothing, and is completely devoid of any supporting data or evidence of factual information. And of course the proverbial icing on the cake is of course the grammatical faux pas of capitalizing “Pro” for no reason. Moving on…

  20. thegrenade says: Feb 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    It is funny how the NFL just announced this now, Wikipedia had Parry’s name up on the Super Bowl XLVI page right after the Championship Games.

  21. frankie3333 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:37 PM

    good thing it isnt Ed Hochuli. the game is already long enough. we dont need a 10 minute explanation of every call.

  22. 3octaveFart says: Feb 1, 2012 3:41 PM

    habsman says: Feb 1, 2012 3:01 PM

    “Woo Hooo, Shiney, untainted, clean Lombardi number 4 on the way!
    TUCKed next to the other shiney, clean, untainted trophies.”

    Untainted?
    whatever you say…

  23. thefiesty1 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:50 PM

    If the officials are doing their job, we as fans will hardly notice they are even at the game.

  24. habsman says: Feb 1, 2012 4:02 PM

    @fart,

    Are you crying too?

    Three shiney, clean, untainted trophies. I know because I’ve seen them. Number four on the way!

    What are you going to do about it? Cry some more? Lol.

    Yeah, thought so.

  25. hafftime says: Feb 1, 2012 4:11 PM

    well, at least he can’t rig it for the steelers to win this year !

  26. marima07 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:23 PM

    Why the comments that this is a pro-New England crew? Parry didn’t officiate any New England games this year.

  27. gcsuk says: Feb 1, 2012 4:33 PM

    habsman says: Feb 1, 2012 3:27 PM

    @sj39,

    Are you crying?

    It’s good to know the refs are bought and paid for. Shiney trophy number four on the way! And why not, didn’t the refs give the Steelers the big prize vs. the Seahawks?

    Can’t wait to TUCK away shiney, untainted number four on Sunday.

    What are you going to do about it?
    ———————————————————————

    Well, the better question is what are you going to do about it? Are you going to be on the field on Sunday? I’m sure you’ll have a whole lot to do with the outcome of the game.

  28. havok82 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:43 PM

    The Pats weren’t fined for cheating, dumbasses, they were fined for violation of a league mandate banning receording devices on the sidelines. In the official statement, the commisioner himself stated there was no competitive advantage. If you saw the tapes, you’d know that most of them were in games the Pats lost or in subsequent meeting with the taped opponent, they lost.

    The only reason why most people believe they got fined for cheating is the mouth breathers in most major sports media (ESPN) termed it as such. FYI, what the Niners and Broncos did to “fudge” their salary cap numbers was cheating.

    As for the officials, I don’t care as long as they are consistent.

  29. basexc9 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:45 PM

    Anyone know how much a ref makes in the Super Bowl?

  30. jeffesky says: Feb 1, 2012 4:47 PM

    Im sure it will be fine. up until bill leavy and super bowl xl the nfl let the guys play. after super bowl xl they have let the guys play. so in the end only the fans and seahawks got screwed. Some say the steelers got screwed too. but the nfl made make before and after.

  31. lemmam says: Feb 1, 2012 4:47 PM

    They are umpire Carl Paganelli, field judge Gary Cavaletto back judge Tony Steratore. Three Italian-Americans are working this game. No comments from you wise guys!
    Parry is a damn good referee.

  32. jimbroney says: Feb 1, 2012 4:56 PM

    How exciting. I’m making deviled eggs for the party.

  33. skins23 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:56 PM

    Giants will get the miracle they need, whether its the ref or some fluke play.

    Craig, Norwood, Favre, Tyree, Kyle Williams, _______________ ……

    Who will be the Giants miracle maker this time?

  34. infectorman says: Feb 1, 2012 4:57 PM

    @patskrieg.com

    Nice work. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    More evidence of the “Patriot Hater” pathology on the Antre Rolle post from “sj39″.

    Follow along class:
    Now, since that Pats cheated in 2007 and were tattled on by a former disgruntled coach-who has never landed another coaching job since Cleveland – it “logically” follows they did the same thing and garnered SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT from said cheating on their previous 3 SB titles.
    Therefore, they must have been cheating ALL the way back to 1959, and every year in between.
    NE haters KNOW this to be true because they posses ironclad evidence – their own fantasy filled heads. No shortage of conspiracy theorists on PFT.
    There is simply no possible way it they won because they were the better team that year- that would just not do.

    Class dismissed
    hate on!

  35. jerrysandusky1 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:58 PM

    I wonder who he was his money on.

  36. onereasonableman says: Feb 1, 2012 5:07 PM

    I really think they should grade the officials individually and as a team. Then, have the best team of officials work the Super Bowl. With the amount of communication they need to have with each other, it just makes the most sense that they spend time working as a group before the biggest game of the year.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 1, 2012 5:07 PM

    “akek2 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 2:47 PM
    Boooooo. It should have been Mike Carey!!! The last of the refs who actually LET THEM PLAY!”

    You obviously didn’t watch the Ravens-Pats games then.

    “sj39 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 3:08 PM
    All the cheating deniers amaze me. We all know they cheated. They got caught, admitted it and were fined and lost a first rounder for it. They cheated.”

    So why haven’t you been in every thread about the Broncos this year since they got caught salary cap cheating and Elway returned to Denver as management ?

    Or how about the fact that the Philly team we played was riddled with steroid cheaters ? After all 3 players from that team were suspended for steroid use during the season the Pats played them in the SB ? How many more on that team weren’t caught ? Most of the team must have been using by the logic I’ve seen in your posts.

    Or how about every thread about the Dolphins complaining about how they tampered to get Coach Shula years ago and their unbeaten season is tainted as a result ?

    I’ll tell you why. Because you only happen to dislike the Pats. You don’t care what your own franchise or any other does, and that’s called a double standard. When you use a double standard to judge something it invalidates everything you have to say.

  38. rando74 says: Feb 1, 2012 5:08 PM

    Giants will get the miracle they need, whether its the ref or some fluke play.

    Craig, Norwood, Favre, Tyree, Kyle Williams, _______________ ……

    Who will be the Giants miracle maker this time?
    __________________________________

    Huh. I never even thought of that. They did get big breaks every time. Thats funny.

  39. wtfru2 says: Feb 1, 2012 5:12 PM

    How are we supposed to recognize him from this picture? I’m not a butt watcher…..

  40. gcsuk says: Feb 1, 2012 5:19 PM

    skins23 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:56 PM

    Giants will get the miracle they need, whether its the ref or some fluke play.

    Craig, Norwood, Favre, Tyree, Kyle Williams, _______________ ……

    Who will be the Giants miracle maker this time?
    ———————————————————————

    Part of “luck” is making the most of opportunities when they present themselves. The Giants, and all good teams, capitalize when the opportunity goes their way.

    Bad teams, like, say, the Redskins (yes I know…they beat the Giants twice this year) squander those opportunities.

    Every team gets those opportunities every game. It just depends on what you do with it.

  41. porkchop717 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:02 PM

    Awesome! Now I have a reason to watch.

  42. bluefan204 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:11 PM

    I think we can all agree that not having Jeff Triplette anywhere near this game automatically increases the enjoyment value of watching it.

  43. champsb3233 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:12 PM

    Old news. Heard what the crew was the week leading up to the conference title games.

  44. richwizl says: Feb 1, 2012 6:38 PM

    This is the guy who cheated the Pats several times in the 06 AFC championship game and handed the game to the Colts. This is bad news for NE.

  45. TheWizard says: Feb 1, 2012 6:43 PM

    Hopefully they are aware that NE has cheated in prior SuperBowls

    Oh, I’d just love to hear the logic backing that up.

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:06 PM

    I looked this up last week and reveled in joy. He’s a fair official. Ed would have been good also.

    It’s not Triplette, it’s not Leavy, it’s not Scott Green or Mike Carey, or Gene Steratore, so I’m less concerned about the Giants getting the royal shaft.

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:11 PM

    skins23 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 4:56 PM
    Giants will get the miracle they need, whether its the ref or some fluke play.

    Craig, Norwood, Favre, Tyree, Kyle Williams, _______________ ……

    Who will be the Giants miracle maker this time?
    ——–

    Don’t need a miracle when you win going away.

    Something you know nothing about in two decades. The only miracle you can hope for is if Snyder dies or sobers up and sells the team to someone with good sense.

  48. skins23 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:42 PM

    LOL win going away?? You won every single one of those games on the LAST PLAY OF THE GAME. Do you know how lucky you have to be to have everything go your way in a series of games like that? If it wasn’t for all of those fluke plays/flubs by the other team that the Giants had so little to do with, they wouldn’t have won any of those games and would have 1 championship. The only title they deserved was in 86. You can say “teams make their own luck” all you want…. they’ve still got more fortunate bounces than anybody in the history of the NFL.

    And wright and gcsuk, I post on PFT once every week or two at most, and yet every time I do, the two of you are chasing after me. Why don’t you get off the computer for a while lol.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 2, 2012 12:31 AM

    skins23 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 10:42 PM
    LOL win going away?? You won every single one of those games on the LAST PLAY OF THE GAME. Do you know how lucky you have to be to have everything go your way in a series of games like that? If it wasn’t for all of those fluke plays/flubs by the other team that the Giants had so little to do with, they wouldn’t have won any of those games and would have 1 championship. The only title they deserved was in 86. You can say “teams make their own luck” all you want…. they’ve still got more fortunate bounces than anybody in the history of the NFL.

    And wright and gcsuk, I post on PFT once every week or two at most, and yet every time I do, the two of you are chasing after me. Why don’t you get off the computer for a while lol.
    ———————

    Don’t you have a boycott of Snyder to plan, like you clowns do every year?

    What does a game from 22 years ago have to do with Sunday? And what Atlanta and Green Bay games were you watching in the playoffs? The Falcons are better defensively than New England and Green Bay, while finishing last statistically, is still more of a THREAT defensively than New England.

    And anyone who thinks the Patriots are going to score 30 points (while holding the Giants UNDER 30) is a blind homer or, like you, skins23, another one of those pathetic NFC East types. It’s like the worse the team is, the more bitter their fans’ hatred is. Eagles fans aren’t even talking trash anymore and most Cowboys fans aren’t either. Some have even sincerely stated that they hope the Giants win.

    Meanwhile, you Skins clowns continue to get eviscerated on msg boards worldwide and talk like that team has won anything since NOOOOOOOO NEWWWWWWW TAXESSSSSSSS

  50. dyims says: Feb 2, 2012 12:34 AM

    The less than intelligent Pats haters will never ever check facts to legitimize their absurd and outrageous claims of “they cheated”. They only spout what they have heard from the losers on the four letter network and what they read from the yellow journalism sites they frequent. They probably believe that the Star has nothing but true and honest stories in that rag.

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