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Strange facts emerge about Super Bowl 50 replay assistant

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From Super Bowl 50 comes a strange postscript that could have become a major problem for the NFL. Via TheBigLead.com, the wife of the game’s replay assistant attended the game as a fan of the Broncos.

Jimmy Oldham reportedly is a Denver-area resident. His wife donned a Broncos jersey for the game and posted a celebratory video to a public Facebook page.

A replay assistant’s potential impact on a given game is limited, especially where (as in this case) NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino was in the booth. Still, it’s a bad look for the league — and it’s something that easily could have been avoided by appointing a replay assistant: (1) who doesn’t live in the Denver area; and (2) whose wife isn’t a Broncos fan.

Per TheBigLead.com, the NFL declined to respond to questions regarding officiating assignments in relation to residency.

During the officiating lockout of 2012, the NFL yanked side judge Brian Stropolo from a Saints-Panthers game due to his status as a rabid Saints fan. As former official Jim Dapoulos explained in the aftermath of the scandal, plenty of officials have rooting interests. Most are far more concerned about doing a good job and earning high marks for their work.

Still, with only one game being played that day, it would have made much more sense to give the assignment to someone else. And if the league believes it would have been unfair to not reward the replay assistant for a great season with a Super Bowl assignment despite where he lives, the league should have ensured that Mrs. Oldham exercised far more discretion regarding her desire to see the Broncos win the game.

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190 Responses to “Strange facts emerge about Super Bowl 50 replay assistant”
  1. 89bottomline says: Feb 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    Panthers fan here, a few bad calls happened, but nothing was going to help Oher and Remmers block Miller and Ware. Broncos deserved that title.

  2. jgat12 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    Geesh, the season is only over by 2 days and this is a mid April type story

  3. oddte says: Feb 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    No love at all for the Broncos here, but this seems like a made up controversy. Let’s just let them enjoy their win.

  4. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:12 PM

    I can’t be the only one who thinks if the troops wanted to they could put together a football team and dominate the NFL.

  5. rportkid says: Feb 9, 2016 7:12 PM

    When is the last time the NFL did anything right? I sure don’t remember.

  6. patsrthegreatest says: Feb 9, 2016 7:12 PM

    How about Blandino Riding on jerry jones party bus??

  7. armchairqb says: Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    It looked like the wives of replay assistants were playing offensive line for the Panthers.

  8. nflequalswwe says: Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    The fix was in….dang the NFL is inept. Wouldn’t know integrity if it scored a TD and taunted the opponent afterwards. Starting to think Cuban was right; Lord knows I’m out when my team’s coach and top 2 players retire.

  9. oiler1980 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    Only one question needs to be asked.

    Did he get ‘lucky’ that night because of that non catch call?

    Joking aside, Roger is all about the Integrity of the Game but he continues to open himself and the league up to these types of stories…

    Crazy…

  10. tjacks7 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    Thank goodness Denver thoroughly clobbered and outplayed Carolina in all facets of the game. Crisis averted.

  11. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    It’s hard to believe that an official doesn’t have their favorite teams. They may not always work those games or show their support, but through calls it can become more clear.

  12. bucsorbust says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    That’s dumb to worry about. Roger Goodell was born and lives in New York. Do you think HE will NOT attend a game if a NY team goes?

  13. dynasonic says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    This is the most popular sport in the US. Good luck finding employees that don’t have a vested interest in a team or a spouse that does. PFT making a mountain out of a molehill….. again…..

  14. Seprix says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    I guess Panther fans know who to blame for losing now?

  15. rgorr44 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    Integrity of the game. Screwed up again Rog. Can’t wait to hear him weasel his way out of this one. Expect the costly formation of yet another committee that will take 6 months to investigate and come up with recommendations.

  16. seriously423 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    Integrity………….. : )

  17. kneedragr says: Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM

    His wife is a fan? Thats a bit of a stretch to insinuate a potential conspiracy.

  18. linvillegorge says: Feb 9, 2016 7:15 PM

    Cotchery caught that ball. But, at the end of the day, the Panthers lost because they got out-played.

  19. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Feb 9, 2016 7:17 PM

    Haha…as if it wasn’t bad enough that their QB admitted to receiving shipments of HGH. Now more evidence of cheating. Everybody knows they only won their other SBs by paying players under the table (received biggest fine in NFL history and lost multiple picks). Now this. Wow…the Broncos are the worst.

  20. trevor190 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:19 PM

    Luckily there were no controversial calls made in replay that took a big play away from the Panthers and led directly to points for the Broncos. Well, apart from that one.

  21. charliecharger says: Feb 9, 2016 7:19 PM

    Maybe Jimmy Oldham’s wife yelled down to Cam Newton and told him not to fall on that fumble. Maybe she screamed so loudly that Carolina had six false start penalties. Maybe she applied grease to the footballs causing the Carolina receivers to drop all those passes. Maybe she put something in Von Miller’s water that gave him a little boost around the edge. Better investigate all these things. Sounds like a conspiracy to me.

  22. boogerhut says: Feb 9, 2016 7:19 PM

    I guess they need to outsource the job to India.

  23. whatnotme says: Feb 9, 2016 7:20 PM

    If only Brady was in Super bowl 50, then they could’ve a least evened out the cheating.

  24. coach9999 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:21 PM

    I think its Tom Bradys fault

  25. justintuckrule says: Feb 9, 2016 7:21 PM

    The NFL could sure screw up a PB&J sandwich if it was spotted the peanut butter, jelly and bread…couldn’t it?

  26. tyrannosaurussex83 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:22 PM

    As far as controversy goes, this is quite a stretch. How about instead of investigating what an assistant official’s wife wore to the game, TheBigLead investigate whether the winning QB illegally received PEDs?

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 9, 2016 7:25 PM

    “Let’s go upstairs and see what the Bronco’s fans have to say about this play….”.

  28. coach9999 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:26 PM

    Ray Rice gets away wit murder and gets farewell tour. Peyton Manning cheats and does HGH for years and gets farewell tour. Tom Brady lets air out of ball (yes I am Patriots fan and think he did it) which is a minor penalty and gets grilled. NFL is should hire Vince McMahon to be commish

  29. bradyakagod says: Feb 9, 2016 7:26 PM

    Doesn’t matter, he wasn’t a pats fan. Why does the media think the same standard of insignificant issues like this apply to other teams not named the patriots.

  30. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Feb 9, 2016 7:27 PM

    Here come the haters who are still fixated with Denver’s salary cap violation 18 years ago. Haters, should Denver have to forfeit SB 50?

  31. Laurie B. says: Feb 9, 2016 7:28 PM

    The “what difference does it make?” commenters to this story were apparently too drunk to remember the catch Jerricho Cotchery made around midfield that was a)ruled incomplete; 2)challenged by Carolina; and, 3)should have been overturned on replay.

  32. tootitan says: Feb 9, 2016 7:28 PM

    ” . . . the league should have ensured that Mrs. Oldham exercised far more discretion regarding her desire to see the Broncos win the game.”

    Geez Florio! It sounds like you’re saying that the NFL should dictate (or has the right to dictate) the behavior of employee’s spouses!

  33. igwaybwekay says: Feb 9, 2016 7:29 PM

    Florio never misses an opportunity to castigate the NFL. He’s quite the anti-authoritarian.

  34. kevpft says: Feb 9, 2016 7:30 PM

    Sure, all you have to do is find someone who works for the NFL whose spouse doesn’t care about the NFL at all!

    This is not a controversy. I’d guess that 99% of officials, NFL employees, league office officiating administrators, and their spouses, kids, and most immediate family are all fans of some team or another.

  35. bastardfromhell says: Feb 9, 2016 7:30 PM

    Cam Newton is the Ronda Rousey of the NFL

  36. doublebase says: Feb 9, 2016 7:30 PM

    Integrity of the game…integrity of the game…

  37. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Feb 9, 2016 7:30 PM

    Wait for it. Cue in the Fan Boy Army. 3, 2, 1 “WE HATE GOODELL!”

  38. trevor190 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:33 PM

    Mrs Oldham should be free to show her desire for the Broncos to win in any way she wants. However, the NFL had better have made absolutely sure her husband had zero vested interest in the outcome of the game. His wife being a Broncos fan makes that unlikely, imo.

  39. 6ball says: Feb 9, 2016 7:33 PM

    .
    In a championship event with huge sums of money being wagered, any appearance of impropriety is problematic. It would have been so much easier to choose someone from St Louis or Cincinnati who had no dog in the fight.
    .

  40. cross300 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:34 PM

    The NFL steps into a mess at every turn.

  41. denverdave3 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:36 PM

    “the league should have ensured that Mrs. Oldham exercised far more discretion regarding her desire to see the Broncos win the game.”

    —–

    Then people would complain they were trying to hide something just like people do with Peyton’s wife getting drugs by mail.

  42. fansrus says: Feb 9, 2016 7:37 PM

    Replays? What replays? Did you see many replays during the game? Or did you see some promo or other after almost every play?

  43. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 9, 2016 7:39 PM

    Enjoy your tainted title *

  44. td30 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:40 PM

    Insanely ridiculous insinuations. The guy isn’t professional enough to do what he is paid to do because his WIFE is a fan, and he might be too?

    And what’s he going to do? Block the screen with his body so the official cant get in the booth?

  45. bleedingfacemask says: Feb 9, 2016 7:40 PM

    Mike, it’s too late to start making excuses for Mike Carey, ya know…not that he needs excuses…

  46. stealthjunk says: Feb 9, 2016 7:42 PM

    The reply assistant? You mean the guy who hands the ref a headset and protects him while in the booth? OMG, what a tragedy! I’m sure Blandino and Blakeman stopped to ask him what he thought. Next Super Bowl, we need to make sure we investigate the janitors, the ushers, the cameramen, and the water boys too.

  47. revelation123 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:43 PM

    I’m not a fan of either team and the officiating was downright pathetic for both teams.

  48. zookrew says: Feb 9, 2016 7:43 PM

    BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:17 PM
    Haha…as if it wasn’t bad enough that their QB admitted to receiving shipments of HGH. Now more evidence of cheating. Everybody knows they only won their other SBs by paying players under the table (received biggest fine in NFL history and lost multiple picks). Now this. Wow…the Broncos are the worst.
    ————————————————–
    Your trolling of every Denver-related post is quite amusing.

    Are you having any problems typing these epic posts through tear-filled eyes, especially the ones after Sunday night?

    A bit of a history lesson; the salary cap transgressions were based upon asking Elway and Davis to take deferred payments of their salaries so they could have the money pay towards the new stadium, not fit additional players on their roster. Was it wrong? Yes. And they were penalized accordingly for it.

    Now show me on the doll where the bad Mr. Bowlen touched you.

  49. mogogo1 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    “the league should have ensured that Mrs. Oldham exercised far more discretion regarding her desire to see the Broncos win the game.”
    _____________

    Care to explain how exactly that would go down? She’s not employed by the NFL so they couldn’t make her do squat. Sure, they could pressure her husband to get her in line but if she showed up at the game painted orange and blue what were they going to do? Not let her in?

  50. weepingjebus says: Feb 9, 2016 7:45 PM

    If he is either a Broncos fan or married to one, his judgment is demonstrably impaired in any event and he should be nowhere near an NFL decision making process.

  51. gstewart400 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:47 PM

    And if this had been last year’s Super Bowl and the replay assistant’s wife wore a Patriots jersey? My, my this would be huge headlines.

  52. yooperman says: Feb 9, 2016 7:48 PM

    Maybe he will end up with a super bowl baby.

  53. margoadams says: Feb 9, 2016 7:48 PM

    Denver is 14-0 when Hocholi and Blakeman referee. Now this! Not very good optics at the minimum. NFL needs to clean house in their front office.

  54. jrossizzle says: Feb 9, 2016 7:49 PM

    Better than the “Tuck Rule” ref who was wearing a Pats hat under the hood….

  55. beerieos says: Feb 9, 2016 7:50 PM

    Breaking news 2 of the water boys family are bronco fans. Must of been something in the gateraid

  56. mheader says: Feb 9, 2016 7:52 PM

    First Ashley, now Mrs. Oldham. What is it with Denver wives?

  57. voddyt says: Feb 9, 2016 7:53 PM

    Any takers on the over/under for the number of words Rog incoherently, but confidently, spews explaining this? I say 100.

  58. scw1993 says: Feb 9, 2016 7:54 PM

    The league isn’t investigating forehead’s hgh deliveries to his home, or the goons who visited Sly’s house on orders from his majesty to intimidate the guy. Now, it’s a donkey fan deciding replays in a SB in which they’re playing ??? That’s just fine, there just wasn’t ANYONE ELSE available. Double standard alive and well in rog’s world….integrity. Suuurrreeee.

  59. junkmtb says: Feb 9, 2016 7:56 PM

    If true not surprised at all one bit!

  60. boogerhut says: Feb 9, 2016 7:59 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:45 PM
    If he is either a Broncos fan or married to one, his judgment is demonstrably impaired in any event and he should be nowhere near an NFL decision making process.

    HAHAHA! You people slay me! You think that a replay assistants judgement ever comes into play? You think the guy at the concession stand tells you what to order? You think the athletic trainer calls the defensive alignments? Clueless. Absolutely clueless.

  61. marima07 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:02 PM

    This would explain the botched call. Has Dean Blandino explained yet how that catch was ruled incomplete?

  62. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 9, 2016 8:03 PM

    cheaters, only way they can win it all. Hgh and corruption.

  63. billsthicknthin says: Feb 9, 2016 8:05 PM

    It was a catch by Cotchery that was reviewed and called incomplete. If they called that a catch on the field, then it stays a catch and then the Broncos defense doesn’t score two plays later. They need to start looking at replays objectively and stop using the call on the field.

  64. catfish252 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:06 PM

    Big Deal — I hope she had a good time

  65. officialgame says: Feb 9, 2016 8:10 PM

    I flat out can’t stand Blandino. The guy is an inept lying weasel who brown nosed his way up the food chain and is as worthless as tits on a Nun.

  66. wrlegrand says: Feb 9, 2016 8:12 PM

    For all of you saying this is nothing and Cam didn’t fall on the fumble: consider the fact that without Millers fumble created TD, the Panrhers would have been winning 10-9 at the time. They probably would have been running it on 3rd down and punting it back to the anemic Broncos offense…

    This is really bad for the NFL right now

  67. dfeltz says: Feb 9, 2016 8:13 PM

    I’m all for some good NFL /Roger Goodell bashing, but this just a flat out non story. A guy who had zero responsibility – wife’s a fan of the winning team.

  68. tbone4444 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:16 PM

    Another SB game, another cheating franchise, another asterisk. Seahawks are the last legit champs. Seattle officially has one more SB win the both Denver and New England and their multiple *’S. Just do it right and do it with class. Oh and BTW, the Broncos did cheat the cap….

  69. edelmanfanclub says: Feb 9, 2016 8:20 PM

    Ok… what does that have to do with referees? Blakeman said it wasn’t a catch, Blakeman’s crew missed the offsides on Gano’s FG, Blakeman’s crew picked up a holding penalty flag against Roby on the 3rd down. The refs sucked, but I don’t think that had much to do with that win. Denvers D was unstoppable. The zebras certainly hurt the Panthers but they hurt themselves a lot as well. It’s a shame because their D was great, Cam was their offense and he folded.

  70. themboys5150 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:20 PM

    Just a little common sense.. Sweetie, I need You to not wear any Denver attire today… OMG!!!

  71. nolasoxfan2012 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:20 PM

    Maintaining the real and apparent neutrality of officials is a baseline requirement to the “integrity of the game” Roger Goodell is so fond of discussing. If, through careless lack of oversight, they can manage to put someone who is almost certainly a Broncos fan in the replay booth, what else are they missing?

  72. captainspangled says: Feb 9, 2016 8:21 PM

    People who think a multi billion dollar industry doesn’t have elements of corruption are naive. Soccer fans probably felt the same way.

    Stop playing “I’m the objective fan!” Card when you’re team isn’t put the bad end of this and maybe the pressure will start to mount.

    Anybody who saw the catch call could easily link this to the Replay assistant’s Denver ties.

  73. joko12blog says: Feb 9, 2016 8:24 PM

    If this happened with the pats everyone on here would be trashing Brady and bill – the double standard

  74. thebirdofprey says: Feb 9, 2016 8:25 PM

    Come on really?? This is a stretch and I have not pulled any punches on NFL officiating in the last 4 years.

  75. danm1978 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:26 PM

    Not correct. You can’t tell what would have happened. Maybe Newton would have thrown a pick six. Maybe they fumble Denver recover and go on a td drive. Given the fact that the

  76. Patskrieg says: Feb 9, 2016 8:26 PM

    Cheaters.
    Asterisk.
    Typical Broncos.

  77. j huber says: Feb 9, 2016 8:26 PM

    Com ‘m man !!!!how many times have you seen Brady get a roughing the passer call, if an opponent DE gets within 10 miles of the golden boy. Same goes for Rodgers in GB. But watch poor Bridgewater in MN get slammed to the ground, without an call.

    Same goes for PI call on unknown receivers.

    All the favorite(s) players receive preferential treatment, and sometimes made up call to help their favorite teams win.

  78. joko12blog says: Feb 9, 2016 8:29 PM

    Tbone 4444 the multiple Seahawks players were caught using peds a couple of seasons ago – come back to reality please

  79. jag1959 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:32 PM

    The gang that couldn’t shoot straight steps on it’s crank again. Not that it mattered but it’s not a great look.

  80. 1964bclions says: Feb 9, 2016 8:33 PM

    Does anyone really think that Roger does NOT have his top two or three favorite owners?

    It is human nature, we are fond of some and not so fond of others?

    NON STORY!

  81. draculalambert says: Feb 9, 2016 8:33 PM

    WOW!

  82. stealthjunk says: Feb 9, 2016 8:36 PM

    Patskrieg says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:26 PM
    Cheaters
    Asterisk.
    Typical Broncos.

    ==============

    Everyone should listen to this guy. If anyone knows anything about asterisks, it’s a Pats fan. Kudos for your expertise, sir.

  83. jazz11001 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:40 PM

    Can’t be any worse than a ref who knows that the game balls left without his permission and then still allowed the game to be played and blamed it on someone else…oh wait you were alluding to conflicts of interest in a game that can’t define what a major actions of the game is! WHAT IS A CATCH?????

    Another off season of these stories everyday…..great.

  84. 4sacroc says: Feb 9, 2016 8:43 PM

    armchairqb says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    It looked like the wives of replay assistants were playing offensive line for the Panthers.

    ==========

    That there is knee-slappin funny!

  85. seahawk77 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:46 PM

    Lawyer comment…..

  86. rolf1015 says: Feb 9, 2016 8:55 PM

    For those that want to bring up the topic of cheating, just go to Your Team Cheats dot com for a memory refresher:

    1. In the past decade, the Denver Broncos have had — by far — the most players suspended for PED usage.

    2. In 2010, the Broncos self-reported that former team director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia had videotaped a portion of the San Francisco walk-through practice before a game between the two teams in London.

    3. League sources said that linebacker Von Miller unsuccessfully attempted to corrupt the NFL’s drug-testing program with the help of a urine collector before each was caught. Miller originally received a four game suspension, but when he appealed, this information was discovered and it was increased to six games.

  87. db4life says: Feb 9, 2016 9:06 PM

    Game after game this season they said the reply booth was going to go with the call on field unless it was blatant.

    I felt Rivera wasted a challenge on that Peyton sack. Even though he was right he was touched. Since he lost the challenge on the Crochery catch it was his last challenge. It still would of been 2nd and 10 with the Broncos not moving the ball.

  88. ketch20too says: Feb 9, 2016 9:06 PM

    That is nothing compared to the back judge in XL who is a parole officer who was born, raised, and bleeds black and gold( his own words). And actually made a controversial PI call against Seattle to take away a TD.

  89. leatherhelmets says: Feb 9, 2016 9:08 PM

    How would have Big tobacco handled this?

  90. reprob8 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:09 PM

    Are refs selected/rejected because of their residency?

  91. stealthjunk says: Feb 9, 2016 9:11 PM

    rolf1015 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:55 PM

    2. In 2010, the Broncos self-reported that former team director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia had videotaped a portion of the San Francisco walk-through practice before a game between the two teams in London.

    ===========

    Oh? You mean the Pats guy acting at the direction of another Pats guy (McDaniels), both of whom were immediately fired by the Broncos once they found out? Yes, McDaniels, the same cheater that was re-hired by the Pats after it happened. Fortunately Bowlen and the Broncos organization took action to immediately fire them instead of paying lawyers to try to find a technicality to avoid punishment like Bob Kraft has done over and over since the start of the century.

  92. iamapatsfan says: Feb 9, 2016 9:12 PM

    The only question i see is the Cotchery catch. It didn’t look like it ever hit the ground, so I thought it was going to be turned over.

    But in the end, they are supposed to always defer to the ruling on the field without conclusive evidence, so that’s probably what happened.

    Broncos D won that SB. Hell, won that whole season. The Broncos won the SB in spite of Manning at QB, not because of him.

    I do think this is just another clear example of the complete incompetence of the NFL FO. Another example that Goodell and Co. needs to be shipped to northern Greenland and never heard from again.

  93. sportnik2 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:17 PM

    Mr. “Integrity” never misses an opportunity to remind us how little integrity he, and the organization he leads, has.

    #WWE

  94. mrp363839 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:18 PM

    Asterisk this cheating that NFL crybabies with wiffle ball bats

  95. ninerdynasty says: Feb 9, 2016 9:21 PM

    is it just me or officiating has gotten worse since the CBA agreement ?

  96. jmscooby says: Feb 9, 2016 9:22 PM

    “I can’t be the only one who thinks if the troops wanted to they could put together a football team and dominate the NFL.”

    Agreed. Speed would be an issue, but technique and toughness would win out. Many of my brothers were as fast as these NFL’ers. Agree to disagree, but I saw it.

    Unfortunately, we had weight requirements, and just based on my humble opinion, there should be a 275 lb weight limit for players, for their health and safety.

  97. shooters33 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:24 PM

    You people realize this is the same Jimmy Oldham that was a Patriots PR guy that was fired after the Lisa Olsen/Victor Kiam controversy back in 1990?

  98. patsrthegreatest says: Feb 9, 2016 9:25 PM

    @thetruth

    Better question might be why do Bronco fans act as if their team’s never violated a rule before *** keep shucking those Rocky Mountain oysters & keep the Lombardi warm for us

  99. fubar5150 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:26 PM

    Really did you watch the game the d played balls out get over if Cam supporters.

  100. nfl1818 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:34 PM

    Denver is 6-0 in games with the SB ref

    Denver is 8-0 in games with the AFCCG ref

    I conclude that Denver is undefeated in ALL games since these guys were promoted to ref.

    Isn’t that how data works ?

  101. mellimac says: Feb 9, 2016 9:35 PM

    thegreatgabbert says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:25 PM

    “Let’s go upstairs and see what the Bronco’s fans have to say about this play….”.
    ————————————–
    That was funny…thx.

    Cotchery caught the ball…that and the non-PI calls. I suspect the game would have been a toss up if Cotchery was awarded the catch. Bad calls early in game can eat a team. But, since I’m not a Panthers fan, don’t care. I would suggest the Panthers practice a hurry up offense next year, especially late in game. Allowing Miller to rest up between sprints to QB was a difference maker. Not having a outlet man to throw to was another. This is how the Pats came back last year. Seahawks defense got tired.

  102. tonymontana45 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:38 PM

    Unless she fumbled the ball twice, nothing to see here.

  103. forthegoodofthegame says: Feb 9, 2016 9:40 PM

    The bigger revelation here is that Blandino had any influence whatsoever over the SB game. This man clearly parrots anything the owners want him to in order to sway public opinion away from the fact that any official decided a game and not the players (i.e. Seahawks-Lions, etc). The man is a Goodell public relations disciple.

  104. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:51 PM

    The catch call was clearly awful and made no sense. But Von miller was unstoppable.

  105. realityonetwo says: Feb 9, 2016 9:51 PM

    So the NFL is now supposed to “ensure” that a non-employee exercises a certain amount of discretion? Thanks for the laugh, guys.

  106. 4sacroc says: Feb 9, 2016 9:55 PM

    Cam getting alligator arms in the biggest game of his life is a bigger mystery.

    Thomas Davis has 12 screws in his arm.

    Newton couldn’t be bothered to go after game-saving fumble.

    Pathetic.

    Front-runner.

  107. tylawspick6 says: Feb 9, 2016 9:59 PM

    Denver cheated the cap in 1995 1996 and 1997 and now with the entire team on Chinese HGH, which is undetectable, while paying off the replay official to make sure Gomer won?

    Sick.

    Many knew it was greased, but this is way over the top.

    No wonder why that Cotchery clear catch was ruled incomplete.

    Talib offsides on the FG also is uncomfortable.

    Also, Blakeman was involved in helping set up the Pats for Framegate last January.

    Hmm.

  108. TomsulasMustache says: Feb 9, 2016 9:59 PM

    If i was a ref officiating a game for my team, no doubt I would err on the side of my team. Makes sense of all these phantom PI and holding calls late in games

  109. tylawspick6 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:00 PM

    The Cotchery catch issue and Talib offsides was a 10 point swing in favor of Denver.

    CHEATING

  110. truths4all says: Feb 9, 2016 10:14 PM

    Big Deal, so the Donkeys won every challenge and replay while the Panthers lost every challenge and replay.

    The Donkeys have cheated to win everyone of their Super Bowls and this one is no different except the great majority of America rooted against Newton and the Panthers instead of cheering for the cheating Donkeys.

    The NFL had this one scripted and planned out for Manning to win and retire. Both the NFL and the Donkeys cheated!

  111. dcs126126 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:29 PM

    I am still trying to figure out how that catch in the first qtr wasn’t ruled a catch by replay and over turned. Maybe this is the reason right here in the article.

    And even though Denver dominated and won by two scores, you can’t argue the impact this play had on the momentum during early part of the game. Panthers would have had a first down at mid field. Instead they wind up with strip sack for td and down 10!

    That is a huge impact! Panthers could have driven down and tied it or gone up 7-3 and momentum would have been completely different.

    NFL should have a major overhaul for its executive employees, starting with the Commish!

  112. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Feb 9, 2016 10:40 PM

    don’t forget that newton was smacked in the face/facemask on that fumble where denver scored. check the replay

  113. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Feb 9, 2016 10:41 PM

    should have been a 15yd/first down penalty on denver

  114. xenova1 says: Feb 9, 2016 10:47 PM

    I can’t believe this article was published. Is this the NFL Enquirer? Was Bigfoot in the stands sharing popcorn with Elvis?

  115. j0esixpack says: Feb 9, 2016 11:02 PM

    Goodell looked the other way while the Colts actually FIXED the outcome of games, losing to “Suck for Luck” – there’s even plenty of plays where it was clear the Colts were losing

    If fixing games isn’t a detriment to the “integrity of the game” any more than a corrupt Commissioner is a detriment, why should we think Goodell or the owners care about a lowly replay assistant

    It’s not like any of us think Blandino is unbiased in the first place

  116. GoodellMustGo says: Feb 9, 2016 11:08 PM

    Yet another screwup under Goodell’s watch?

    You don’t say!

    #FireGoodellAndMakeTheNFLGreatAgain
    #FireGoodellAndBringIntegrityBackToTheLeague

  117. shooters33 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:12 PM

    Google the name Jimmy Oldham
    Remember Lisa Olsen?

  118. truthprofessor says: Feb 9, 2016 11:16 PM

    both Broncos championships with Elway as a player were won by cheating the salary cap

    now,
    3* rings

  119. youbettercallsaul says: Feb 9, 2016 11:25 PM

    Wonder if Jimmy’s wife has jimmy legs?

  120. tonebones says: Feb 9, 2016 11:27 PM

    If this guy really wanted to cheat for one team, he’d more than likely have his wife dress up in the colors of the opposite team, just to throw everybody off. I mean give the guy a little credit here. So based on that logic, the Panthers are guilty of cheating. Hey don’t blame me. How else am I supposed to respond to something so idiotic?

  121. whispersd says: Feb 9, 2016 11:30 PM

    It’s generous of the Panthers’ fan(s) to say this doesn’t matter, but this is a terrible decision, and that early decision really hurt the Panthers.

  122. artic19 says: Feb 9, 2016 11:31 PM

    It’s hard to believe that an official doesn’t have their favorite teams. They may not always work those games or show their support, but through calls it can become more clear.
    ———————————————
    Really, you think it’s hard to believe? You should try watching Packers games then you would say it’s hard to believe half the officials are Packers fans. And you would be correct, it’s more like 3/4.

  123. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Feb 10, 2016 12:00 AM

    kneedragr says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM
    His wife is a fan? Thats a bit of a stretch to insinuate a potential conspiracy.
    —————–
    The only thing it insinuates is that the wife may be the one who wears the pants.

  124. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Feb 10, 2016 12:11 AM

    Patskrieg says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:26 PM
    Cheaters
    Asterisk.
    Typical Broncos.
    ———–
    So the Broncos cheated to hit Brady 23x in the AFCCG? Tell me, with factual evidence as to how they beat the Pats.

    Oh ya… The Broncos self reported videotaping the 9ers before a game in London. Who do you suppose was the head coach? Your beloved Josh McDaniels… Now where in the world did he get the idea to do that? It was another team that lost a 1st round draft pick for doing that. Help me out… What team was that? Refresh my memory.

  125. lanman11 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:42 AM

    I doubt this guy was involved, but the game was very much officiated in Denver’s favor. It forced Carolina to scramble and make challenge decisions, and in the absence of “incontrovertible proof” bad calls are upheld, like the one that took the catch away from Cotchery and kept Carolina pinned deep in their own territory, unable to run their full offense, down only 3-0. That was a catch, even in the world of today’s crazy NFL. Come to think of it, maybe this Oldham guy was involved after all.

  126. florioisworsthuman says: Feb 10, 2016 1:12 AM

    tjacks7 says:
    Nov 29, 2015 7:03 PM


    Very suspicious, hard to believe these refs are this consistently horrible. I’m starting the think these games are actually rigged. I mean, we can’t leave Seattle out of the playoffs, right?…

    vs when it is his team:

    tjacks7 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM

    Thank goodness Denver thoroughly clobbered and outplayed Carolina in all facets of the game. Crisis averted.

    Just wanted to illustrate how easy a rooting interest can slant judgement.

  127. seahawksbmx says: Feb 10, 2016 1:16 AM

    Conflicts of interest in the Super Bowl are not new to the NFL. Let’s go back exactly one decade ago when the Seahawks’ game-opening TD was taken off the board thanks to a ticky tack push off call on Seattle’s Darrell Jackson against Pittsburgh’s Bryant McFadden.
    The Back Judge that made the OPI call: PITTSBURGH NATIVE Bob Waggoner.

    Disgusting.

  128. seahawksbmx says: Feb 10, 2016 1:24 AM

    Chris Hope, not Bryant McFadden.
    I know the drill…corrections get thumbed down. I do it too. It’s hilarious.

  129. bleck5 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:39 AM

    Denver relies on the refs for wins even more than the Squealers!!

  130. sip17 says: Feb 10, 2016 2:10 AM

    OK pft stop I know The season over and other then a few players getting cut and all there’s really nothing to talk about until March let’s not try and make news where there isn’t I’m sure every official and program people grew up liking a certain sports team now your questioning someone’s integrity ,just because him or his wifes a fan doesn’t mean he didn’t have a job to do and I’m sure he gets paid a handsome amount of money and I don’t think someone who gets paid to not only work for the biggest sports entertainment in the world let alone get to go to the Superbowl and be apart of it would throw it all away for their team to win ..just stop

  131. campcouch says: Feb 10, 2016 3:14 AM

    S0 NFL employees and their families are fans of the most popular sport in the US…stunned I am!

  132. blowfishes says: Feb 10, 2016 3:50 AM

    Blimey… who the Hell followed the twitter feed of the replay assistant’s wife to be able to dig up this non-story?!

  133. blowfishes says: Feb 10, 2016 3:54 AM

    Sorry… not Twitter, Facebook.

    That’s how much of a non-story this is that I couldn’t even get my facts straight.

  134. raideralex99 says: Feb 10, 2016 3:54 AM

    Seriously what does a reply assistance do?
    Hold the curtain open for the ref and then stand guard.
    Hmmm … I always thought it was the referee that makes the decision … I guess I was wrong.

  135. johnstofa says: Feb 10, 2016 4:37 AM

    Wow. I’ll never get those 5 minutes I wasted reading this story back. Who the hell is wasting time connecting those dots? A replay assistant’s wife is a Bronco fsn? Oh my!

  136. tmaczoozoo says: Feb 10, 2016 5:08 AM

    Hahahaha… Jimmy Olsen did in Superman.

    Cold giblets right there.

  137. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 10, 2016 5:34 AM

    Lets not forget Clete Blakeman.
    Bears vs Packers 2013 fixed
    Packers vs Cardinals 2015 fixed ( even tho Pack lost)
    Broncos vs Panthers 2015 ???

  138. dynastyposeiden says: Feb 10, 2016 5:34 AM

    perhaps if everyone on the planet eyes told them the cotchery catch was in fact a non catch there would be no story . The next play the broncos strip fumbled SHAM newton for a TD and the game was an uphill struggle the rest of the way.

  139. neilpountney says: Feb 10, 2016 5:41 AM

    I think we should all be far more concerned about how many Ex New York Jets employees are in the leagues head office a million times more than a replay guy whose wife is a fan of a team in a game!

  140. baddegg says: Feb 10, 2016 7:47 AM

    Cam Newton just threw another temper tantrum.

  141. baddegg says: Feb 10, 2016 7:58 AM

    billsthicknthin says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:05 PM
    It was a catch by Cotchery that was reviewed and called incomplete. If they called that a catch on the field, then it stays a catch and then the Broncos defense doesn’t score two plays later. They need to start looking at replays objectively and stop using the call on the field.

    —-

    First of all, I agree that it looked like a catch. I think the replay guys got that one wrong.

    Second, my sense is the reason they let the play stand is that while I thought it was a catch there was some wiggle room in interpretation. Yes, he got his hand under that ball, making me think it was a catch. But, I can see where someone looking at the replay could note that the ball continued to move around his body as he went to the ground and maybe the one end of it brushed the ground. In cases where you don’t have INDESPUTABLE evidence, then you go with the call on the field. I didn’t agree with the call, but could see how it was made.

    Third, “A replay assistant’s potential impact on a given game is limited, especially where (as in this case) NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino was in the booth.” Don’t pretend that this dude had total authority to just screw the Panthers…he wasn’t even the guy who got to make the call on this play.

    Forth, bad calls happen EVERY game. That’s not proof of conspiracy. You need to see some repeated pattern of mischief. In this case, it just doesn’t pass the sniff test. In general, officiating was a very small part of this game.

    Fifth, great teams overcome bad calls. I remember when the Skins played the Panthers. Tie score early in the game. Redskins get pick six. Called back due to ticky tack “helmet to helmet” when olsen lead with his head to redskins corner. Later some were saying, “Well, with that momentum shift we may have won!” No, not so. Carolina was the better team that day. It was one play and you have to overcome.

    It’s a bad look by Carolina and their fans if they blame the loss on that play. They had opportunities the entire game and never could crack the Denver defense.

  142. sportsfan178 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:00 AM

    215 23
    tjacks7 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM
    Thank goodness Denver thoroughly clobbered and outplayed Carolina in all facets of the game. Crisis averted.
    ========================================
    “all facets” Denver offense was awful! Cam Newton’s fumbles accounted for 15 of their points, 15!! Do the math, if Newton doesn’t fumble, Panthers win 10-9
    Both teams were horrible and probably will not return to Super Bow for years. Congratulations Denver you are the luckiest SB winners ever

  143. bcgreg says: Feb 10, 2016 8:07 AM

    Forget the replay ref. Check Denver’s salary cap. They have cheated it before to win Super Bowls.

  144. leontrotsky says: Feb 10, 2016 8:08 AM

    Those aren’t strange facts.

  145. pdw3332 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:08 AM

    As a Pats Fan I doubt in the SB this would have been an issue, regular season could be different. But the major point is this is just another example of how incredibly sloppy and incompetent Goodell is and the people who work for him are. Very similar to ex-ref Mark Baltz, an Indy native, getting his son a high paying marketing job with the Colts, while he was still a referee….and whether or not that had anything to do with Colts great W-L record when Baltz was the referee, why expose yourself to that angle?

    The sad thing is how many fans are childish. As a Pats fan, watching Denver win was awful. I can make excuses for Pats loss to Denver, like inuuries, but that is part of the NFL so it’s not a legit excuse. As much as I hate Denver, they were the best defense in NFL all year long, they turned it up in playoffs and beat teams who were more flawed then them…they deserve the credit and won fair. Yet we see over and over how dumb and incompetent Goodell & his staff are, yet instead of being consistent when it comes to PSI, especially since science blows the NFL case up, we have petty fans who can’t be intellignet and/or classy enough to see Brady/Pats are innocent. Insecurity and jealousy must be a terrible way to live your lives.

  146. georgeremus says: Feb 10, 2016 8:18 AM

    Was she the orange or blue painted face?

  147. routerunner says: Feb 10, 2016 8:20 AM

    We don’t know if it affected the outcome of the game or not, but one thing we do know… the Broncos benefited from cheating AGAIN.

  148. sammievee says: Feb 10, 2016 8:29 AM

    This is incredibly meaningless. The likeliness that his wife’s favorite team would relate to a bias is nil. Now if it was his mistress’ favorite team…that would be a different story.

  149. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 10, 2016 8:32 AM

    Thought he was a Freemason or something…

  150. mlzehnder says: Feb 10, 2016 8:33 AM

    Think it’s dumb to have a Denver resident on the officiating staff, especially for a Super Bowl. They need as much impartiality as they can get.

    But let’s look at the bigger picture here. Why even have challenges and instant replay when they still can’t get the call right? Cotchery’s catch was a no-brainer completion. I believe the next play or two later was the strip sack for a TD, so it had huge implications. Not to say that Carolina would’ve won, but that was a turning point.

  151. shooters33 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:37 AM

    Hang on here. There’s more to this story. Isn’t this the same Jimmy Oldham the former Pats PR man who was involved in the Victor Kiam /Lisa Olsen scandal back in 1990?

    How is he allowed to work an NFL game let alone a Super Bowl?

  152. ejmat2 says: Feb 10, 2016 8:50 AM

    89bottomline says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:10 PM

    Panthers fan here, a few bad calls happened, but nothing was going to help Oher and Remmers block Miller and Ware. Broncos deserved that title.
    ——————————————-
    Very good point and I agree. However, one has to wonder what would have or could have happened if that Cotchery catch was called a catch in the 1st quarter. Fact is Denver doesn’t score that first TD if that’s a catch and from what I saw, it was a catch.

  153. brodams says: Feb 10, 2016 8:51 AM

    It’s official. Wife’safan-gate has begun.

  154. lfergie says: Feb 10, 2016 8:52 AM

    It was obvious. The game was very one sided, from the officiating to the video feeds/play backs. It was pro broncos and against the panthers. Now I understand more clearly why. Thanks for the truth.

  155. steelerben says: Feb 10, 2016 8:57 AM

    ” . . . the league should have ensured that Mrs. Oldham exercised far more discretion regarding her desire to see the Broncos win the game.”

    Geez Florio! It sounds like you’re saying that the NFL should dictate (or has the right to dictate) the behavior of employee’s spouses!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What Florio is actually saying is that if there was going to be an impropriety with the replay official that he should have attempted a cover up. I think because it makes the story so much more compelling if they’re trying to hide something like this, since it makes it seem so much more nefarious. Anyone else have a wife that roots for a different team than you do or did everyone else put something in the prenup that she had to change her loyalties?

  156. metalup666 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:16 AM

    If Calvin and Dez were said to not have caught the ball (which both did) then no, that wasn’t a catch by Cotchery. Has nothing to do with the assistant to the re-play official. Hell, it has nothing to do with the re-play official.

  157. topgun1019 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:21 AM

    Seprix says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:14 PM
    I guess Panther fans know who to blame for losing now?

    ——————————————————————

    Yes, that would be Cam.

  158. swmocardsfan says: Feb 10, 2016 9:23 AM

    I am a Chiefs fan who has gone on record as saying that I would stop watching the NFL all together before I would ever root for Denver….but that was not the difference in the game. Carolina’s offense looked beat up, intimidated, and undermanned from the opening snap. One or two replays going Denver’s way won’t make up 14 points (17 if you count the doink on the field goal attempt). Does it look bad, yes. Did it make the difference, absolutely not.

  159. Johnny Utah says: Feb 10, 2016 9:29 AM

    “ZOMG They CHEATED” stage! Because the wife of assistant reply judge isn’t allowed to be a NFL fan? Some of you NFL fans are becoming borderline conspiracy theorists . The dumbing down of America is complete. Where every thing is someone else fault instead of accepting responsibilities that you just didn’t play well enough to win.

  160. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 10, 2016 9:34 AM

    Might as well use out-of-state employees to run each other’s games during the regular season too.

  161. lifetimefan says: Feb 10, 2016 9:37 AM

    The NFL continues to provide evidence of their ineptness. Picking on them is like shooting fish in a barrel.
    With the concussion evidence and studies they now look like the tobacco companies
    With Ray Rice they tried to hide behind a lack of timely video excuse, until it came out of course.
    With deflategate they attempted to enforce a rule that was not being enforced on a regular basis, worse yet they had no knowledge of how environmental or mechanical variables effect the situation.
    With Peyton and the HGH issue they have not been nearly as diligent as with Brady.
    With Greg Hardy they screwed the pooch again.
    In this latest circumstance (where officials that for all intents and purposes probably did an unbiased job) the NFL again shows a lack of preparation and an unwillingness to put in adequate time, effort, and money to research potential issues. With all the money riding on their game the NFL should be in much better control. How can they assign a replay official like this? They have yet again opened themselves up to scrutiny and second guessing. They need to take a step back and look for potential situations that can be avoided by being diligent and doing their homework.

    Factor in they already look like they were biased to have Peyton win, read HGH, the phantom slide against the Steelers, and now the catch that was ruled not one……..and what do you expect the average fan to think. Roger the dodger needs to be fired and quickly. They need a new sheriff in town and it needs to be someone smart enough to see at least some of the potential issues before they surface.

  162. thejetssuck2001 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:18 AM

    National
    Fixed
    League

  163. salutethis says: Feb 10, 2016 10:27 AM

    The wife of the replay official was a bronco fan. Come on.. I do think the calls went Denvers way. I also think half the time Von Miller was held was not called. If they actually called those the cats might have had negative yardage for the game…

  164. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Feb 10, 2016 10:30 AM

    Wow, I also heard that the peanut vendor in section 112 was a Panthers fan.

    I get it – replay guys affect the game. So do officials. Every official in every sport grew up a fan of a team. It also means that he did NOT grow up a fan of 31 other teams. They are paid to be objective.

    I’d bet the replay guy grew up a fan of a team too. If it’s determined that HE is a fan of either Denver or Car, it might make for better optics to have an ‘objective’ guy doing the game, but ALL officials are asked to check their fandom for every game.

    But extending it to the spouse of a guy? That’s a stretch.

    And what is the discussion? Ref or Officiating Bias? Because of a disputed catch in the first quarter? Remember, it was called INCOMPLETE on the field. Replay was inconclusive, thus the play stands – notice, Blakeman said ‘play stands’, not ‘play confirmed’. If it was called a catch on the field, it would have stayed a catch.

    And yes, the officiating was biased in Denver’s favor. Especially as they were calling 3 penalties on Aqib Talib alone before he even made a tackle…

    The media is bored. They really need March Madness and Spring Training to start.

  165. tylawspick6 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:36 AM

    Lifetime Fan above nails it.

    Goodell cheats behind the scenes for parity.

    I want Brady to sue so we can see all of Goodell’s emails and cell phone transmissions.

    Within those, the public will find the communications of a lying, corrupt criminal that is essentially trying to be the Wizard of Oz of the NFL.

    Gomer Manning and the entire Denver team likely are on his Chinese HGH AND Denver likely cheated the salary cap yet again, while Goodell frames the Pats for things they didn’t even do.

    Goodell picks and chooses where he wants action to be taken, while completely ignoring the cheating, simply because he colludes with some franchises in the AFC to try to weaken the Pats.

    If Brady admitted HGH was sent to his house, ESPN and Goodell would be knocking on Brady’s door 24/7, with a laundry list of punishments, not just for Brady, but for the entire Pats franchise in order to maintain a better parity and to make it easier to get Jax in London to make sure Jax can be good in the AFC to succeed in London.

    The media is completely ignoring the deeper story.

    Goodell is the one doing the cheating, backing teams like the Jets, Colts, Baltimore, Denver, etc, all in the AFC.

  166. tylawspick6 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:40 AM

    Talib was also offsides on the FG.

    Between the Cotchery catch being creepily called incomplete and the offsides, that’s at least a 10 point swing, if not a possible 14 point swing.

  167. tylawspick6 says: Feb 10, 2016 10:43 AM

    Can the Broncos win without ever cheating?

    They cooked the books for Elway and now did it again for Gomer with HGH and now this?

    $100 in 3 years when we learn of the audits, Denver cheated the cap.

    It’s what they do.

  168. Rdog says: Feb 10, 2016 10:49 AM

    Wow the NFL can’t go a few days without an officiating-related controversy… I don’t think this one is a big deal. There weren’t any game-deciding blown calls or anything. Really, the only debatable call was a catch for a first down in the first quarter. The Panthers had plenty of time to make up for that with their play, and they didn’t.

  169. swineflooo says: Feb 10, 2016 10:56 AM

    Is anyone shocked? Im not the nfl had the fix in for manning

  170. steelerfanjo says: Feb 10, 2016 10:59 AM

    THE NFL DOES NO RESEARCH. THEY TELL OUR KIDS TO NOT DO DRUGS AND ALLOW BRUNO MARS TO PERFORM.

  171. michaeljohnlee says: Feb 10, 2016 11:01 AM

    NFL you’re a billion dollar industry. You’re supposed to work HARDER at ensuring these dumb, simple, easy to correct mistakes DON’T HAPPEN

  172. thedingo8 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    goodell is an imbecile.. is further proof needed

  173. inallsincerity says: Feb 10, 2016 11:59 AM

    One play can change the whole momentum of a game. However, it may not have made a difference in the outcome. The bottom line is, that was a catch and the call on the field should have been overturned.

  174. bspurloc says: Feb 10, 2016 12:02 PM

    .
    how would the NFL know…

    how about being smart about it and making rules that the decision makers, shall not display in any format certain leanings towards any team or be subject to being fired.
    have them sign the statement so they know they are in violation of their job when they do such things.
    If they disagree, they can go flip burgers.
    simple as that.

  175. 6superbowls says: Feb 10, 2016 12:07 PM

    Soon as that call was made the game lost all legitimacy. One blown call affects every play afterwards. Play calls (both sides of the ball) are different. Events are different. Momentum’s potentially changed in an instant.

    That’s why today’s NFL is so difficult to take seriously. NFL officials (on filed and off…) don’t take take it serious enough. Becoming more and more like the WWF every year.

    Until fans stop attending and stop watching, it’ll be status quo because the owners are still raking in the cash.

  176. rolf1015 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:19 PM

    stealthjunk says:
    Feb 9, 2016 9:11 PM

    Oh? You mean the Pats guy acting at the direction of another Pats guy (McDaniels), both of whom were immediately fired by the Broncos once they found out? Yes, McDaniels, the same cheater that was re-hired by the Pats after it happened. Fortunately Bowlen and the Broncos organization took action to immediately fire them instead of paying lawyers to try to find a technicality to avoid punishment like Bob Kraft has done over and over since the start of the century.
    ___________________________
    So this incident happened in Oct 2010, and McDaniels was fired in Dec 2010. You consider that “immediately fired”? And you really think that if he had a winning record the Broncos would have fired him?

    And Bob Kraft has paid lawyers to find technicalities since the “beginning of the century” – can you elaborate what you mean by that? He rightfully did fight the scam known as Deflategate – if you had an unbiased opinion and read the Wells Report, and all other reports that have since come out showing the Ideal Gas Law is what caused the footballs to be under 12.5 psi, you would understand.

    If that is truly how you feel, then you must be very upset with Peyton Manning “paying lawyers” to “avoid punishment” for the HGH allegations right?

  177. thejohnsmith1122 says: Feb 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    salutethis says:
    Feb 10, 2016 10:27 AM
    The wife of the replay official was a bronco fan. Come on.. I do think the calls went Denvers way. I also think half the time Von Miller was held was not called. If they actually called those the cats might have had negative yardage for the game…

    ——————————————————–

    Ummm…the replay official has nothing to do with on-field penalties.

  178. azkeith says: Feb 10, 2016 12:38 PM

    All playoff referees in the future should be Browns fans, eliminating all possibility of a conflict of interest in the playoffs.

  179. magnoliasimms says: Feb 10, 2016 12:46 PM

    tbone4444 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 8:16 PM

    Another SB game, another cheating franchise, another asterisk. Seahawks are the last legit champs. Seattle officially has one more SB win the both Denver and New England and their multiple *’S. Just do it right and do it with class. Oh and BTW, the Broncos did cheat the cap….
    ____________________________________

    You mean the same Seahawks that were penalized twice for extra contact practices (2012 and 2014), and that led the league in PED violations under Pete Carroll? Those Seahawks?

  180. critterkiller33 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:08 PM

    The replay assistant is already on the patriots payroll…

  181. artic19 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:25 PM

    6superbowls says:
    Feb 10, 2016 12:07 PM
    Soon as that call was made the game lost all legitimacy. One blown call affects every play afterwards. Play calls (both sides of the ball) are different. Events are different. Momentum’s potentially changed in an instant.

    That’s why today’s NFL is so difficult to take seriously. NFL officials (on filed and off…) don’t take take it serious enough. Becoming more and more like the WWF every year.

    Until fans stop attending and stop watching, it’ll be status quo because the owners are still raking in the cash.
    ————————————————–
    Blown calls are one thing, but when a call goes to review it is quite another. Anytime a call goes to review and comes back with the incorrect ruling, and millions are watching, it really does take away the integrity of the game.

  182. davew128 says: Feb 10, 2016 1:26 PM

    coach9999 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:26 PM

    Ray Rice gets away wit murder and gets farewell tour.
    **********************
    When did Ray Rice ever get accused of murder???

  183. leitskev says: Feb 10, 2016 1:45 PM

    This is exactly why replay calls should not be made from New York, as advocated by some like Peter King. The NFL simply can’t be trusted. The majority of people working in the NFL offices are former Jets or Giants employees, understandably due to proximity. And if we’ve learned nothing from Deflategate. the NFL offices are filled with dishonorable and untrustworthy personnel that leak false info, wage twitter warfare against certain teams, and are generally unaccountable. We still have no idea who leaked the false PSI numbers. I trust the refs to try to get it right. I don’t trust the NFL.

  184. baddegg says: Feb 10, 2016 2:30 PM

    leitskev says:
    Feb 10, 2016 1:45 PM
    This is exactly why replay calls should not be made from New York, as advocated by some like Peter King. The NFL simply can’t be trusted. The majority of people working in the NFL offices are former Jets or Giants employees, understandably due to proximity. And if we’ve learned nothing from Deflategate. the NFL offices are filled with dishonorable and untrustworthy personnel that leak false info, wage twitter warfare against certain teams, and are generally unaccountable. We still have no idea who leaked the false PSI numbers. I trust the refs to try to get it right. I don’t trust the NFL.

    ——-

    You nailed it. Replay was called from New York. Eli Manning plays for New York. Eli Manning is Peyton Manning’s brother. Clearly the fix is in, and anyone who doesn’t believe me I got a bridge to sell you in Iowa.

    Oh wait, did I say Eli. Actually when it looked like Peyton was gonna win, he looked like someone stole his puppy…carry on.

  185. riderspantherssk says: Feb 10, 2016 9:55 PM

    Broncos fans are a lot more sensitive than I ever thought they would be. Quite a few also seem to have a funny of a tendency to pretend not to be fans in order to assuredly make it seem like their opinions are less biased.

  186. neil0311 says: Feb 10, 2016 11:49 PM

    But isn’t the “integrity of the game” paramount to all the fine people at the NFL league office? Sure it is….sure it is.

    The NFL is a corrupt enterprise and should be prosecuted under RICO.

  187. maikeru79 says: Feb 11, 2016 3:25 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Feb 9, 2016 7:13 PM
    Thank goodness Denver thoroughly clobbered and outplayed Carolina in all facets of the game. Crisis averted.

    EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT CAROLINA LEAD
    EVERY
    STATISTICAL CATEGORY OF THE GAME

    There was a story a few days ago from one of carolina’s defence where he commented about playing two teams during the SB..everyone though he meant Denver and the refs..but what he meant was team 1-Denver Offense(which sucked) & team 2 Denver D(which won the game[with a little extra help from the Refs & panthers o line]

  188. tomrad70 says: Feb 13, 2016 8:21 PM

    This stuff happens because Goodell is NOT about integrity or objectivity. It’s simply not a focus for him. And so folks with obvious prejudices and biases continue to run amok in NFL positions.

  189. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 15, 2016 5:16 PM

    Still nothing compared to the fix that was in regarding Kraft and his buddy the judge.

  190. imodan says: Feb 16, 2016 1:11 PM

    In regards to complaints that the replay official’s spouse was a Bronco fan. If you think he made the final decision of catch or no catch your wrong. The weasel called Blandino made that call. If the league does nothing else but put replay decisions back in the hands of the on field officials it will be a great step forward in making observers not jump to conclusions the league was determining winners and losers. The next thing to do is not assign 2 Ref’s who have never officiated a Broncos loss. It just looks bad.

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