Ed Hochuli refers to fellow official as “Jungle Boy” on live mic

AP

Ed Hochuli’s got some explaining to do.

While documenting a 12-men on the field penalty in the third quarter of today’s Panthers-Cardinals wild card game, Hochuli’s microphone stayed hot for a moment.

At the tail end of his explanation, he said: “I got the word from Jungle Boy that was a good call.”

Those words never made it to the ESPN broadcast, as they cut to a replay as he was saying it. But it was clearly audible to the 70,000 or so in the stands and a press box full of reporters.

We’ve asked the league for any possible comment or explanation, and a request has been made for a pool reporter to ask Hochuli about it.

NFL vice president of officials Dean Blandino just tweeted that it was in reference to replay official Tom Sifferman.

That is Sifferman’s nickname on his crew,” Blandino wrote. “Hochuli mistakenly opened up his stadium mic, instead of his wireless mic to the other officials.”

While not as bad as it initially sounded, Hochuli gets enough air time as it is, and needs to be more careful with his microphones.

UPDATE 7:58 p.m. ET: NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed that the reference was “inadvertent.

“Ed Hochuli was referring to replay official Tom Sifferman when his comment that “jungle boy” confirmed the penalty for 12-men on the field was audible on the in-stadium microphone.  Hochuli intended to communicate that information to the officiating crew through the official-to-official communications system, but inadvertently broadcast the remark on the stadium microphone.  Sifferman, a long-time field judge on Hochuli’s crew before becoming a replay official, is nicknamed “jungle boy” by members of the crew for touring a jungle on a trip to Hawaii.”

69 responses to “Ed Hochuli refers to fellow official as “Jungle Boy” on live mic

  1. What’s the explaining he needs to do? He already explained that, that’s the guy’s nickname.

    The PC Police are doing their best to drum up hatred when there isn’t any (again) — aren’t they?

  2. The PC Police are doing their best to drum up hatred when there isn’t any (again) — aren’t they?

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    No, no they are not. Stop with the weird PFT obsession over the “PC Police”

  3. What you should be asking about is the INCONSISTENCY that changed the game. An OBVIOUS hold on the Panthers is not called and then a questionable PI on the goal line changes a 3 to a 7. I thought we were not playing Seahawks rules anymore. Sad because this was a good game until that point.

  4. Wow… Jungle boy is now offensive? I mean it can be an insult but he said

    “Jungle boy said it was a good call?” As if he would insult someone who agreed with him. This is like thinking a team would name itself something that would be disparaging or disheartening rather then something to find pride in. I just don’t understand this. I really don’t. Epically from a website that doesn’t mind throwing insults at people they disagree with(like the all pro voters)

  5. “We’ve asked the league for any possible comment or explanation, and a request has been made for a pool reporter to ask Hochuli about it.”

    Youre acting like he gave away american secrets to the USSR. He called the guy by his nickname…

  6. PFT and the rest of the over reactive media are frothing at the mouth for this to become more than just a mistake. Nothing to see here, shouldn’t have even been posted.

  7. jlsav66 says: Jan 3, 2015 7:32 PM

    BUT Kevin Hart can say in the commericials for his movie” “Damn.
    White people.” No problem.
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    Awww, us white people have it so rough. When will the oppression end?

    (I feel the need to point out that this was sarcasm, because you and the people giving you thumbs up probably are dumb enough to think you’re oppressed.)

  8. Have Sharpton and Jesse Jackson been alerted to this yet?

    Are protests being organized outside the stadium yet?

    Details!!!

  9. @unsportsmenmic: Well said Sir! I think the Refs should have a lot mor to worry about then the Mic! Horrible Officiating in this game!!!! Phantom PI calls on the Card’s! Shame a 500 team beats a 11 win team?! Panthers didn’t need the Refs help! Card’s didn’t have a QB? Officials called the game for Vegas. Shame

  10. Well, the social justice warriors are out in full effect! Keeping beating dead horses and bring up how you have a couple black friends, which totally qualifies you to speak on behalf of their plight.

  11. Well, the social justice warriors are out in full effect! Keeping beating dead horses and bring up how you have a couple black friends, which totally qualifies you to speak on behalf of their plight.

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    Nobody’s saying that, nobody’s saying anything. I’m just annoyed at the people who scream “PC POLICE!!!” when there is no PC Police to be found.

    They’re more annoying than the actual PC Police, in my opinion.

  12. briman141 says: Jan 3, 2015 7:34 PM

    ^^You guys will get Detroit after they shock Dallas.

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    Do you honesty believe that Detroit can beat Dallas right now?

  13. unsportsmenmic says:
    Jan 3, 2015 7:30 PM
    It’s a nickname get over it. Focus on how terrible a game this is, the an incompetent coach (Rivera) vs a depleted team. Seattle will blow the Panthers out.
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    Cause they blew out the panthers when they met earlier this year, back when the Panthers were foolin’ about.

  14. I’m guessing that Sifferman goes on Jungle expeditions?

    I’m also wondering why this is any kind of a big deal. At all. Even a little bit.

    I’m going to have to refrain from drinking Jungle Juice at parties from now on. Just so I don’t seem racist.

  15. So the League confirmed “the reference was inadvertent.” Inadvertent?

    Inadvertent is calling a dude ‘Tom’ instead of ‘Todd’. Who has ever inadvertently called someone ‘jungle boy’?

    Whether or not the nickname is offensive or just a stupid thing between friends remains to be seen, and a matter of opinion – but it certainly wasn’t inadvertent.

  16. Ed Hochuli has been my favorite ref for years now.

    I am glad the guy was white, because if not, the media would have blown the whole thing way out of proportion.

  17. Love how some Card fans are carping they lost because of the refs. Yeah, like that made a real difference. 77 net yards. 8 first downs. That’s why you lost.

    The Panthers did everything they could to hand that game to you and you still stunk up the joint. Get over yourselves.

  18. Awww, us white people have it so rough. When will the oppression end?

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    The very thought that anyone is oppressed in the United States is a joke. Don’t tell the liberals that though.

  19. Yes. I’m commenting.
    Couldn’t resist.

    In reference to this “breaking story”

    You people are stupid

  20. isphet71 says:
    Jan 3, 2015 7:54 PM

    I’m going to have to refrain from drinking Jungle Juice at parties from now on. Just so I don’t seem racist.

    😂😂OMG I’M LAUGHING SO FREAKIN HARD RIGHT NOW 😂😂

    Wish I could give you 1000 thumbs up!!!

  21. shoot4par says:

    Wonder how you earn that nickname?

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    umm, read the last sentence of the article?

  22. whats the pretender in chief have to say? carter, obama omg. same party that almost gave us edwards and gore. scary man, scary.

  23. I’m disappointed! I’m African American myself. And I LMAO when I heard about this. Thought it was funny as all get up. And I was delighted that Ed Hochuli and his crew were that tight and comfortable talking to each other, jokingly, that way privately and at work. Because all of them obviously heard him say it. I thought it was a refreshing comraderie between friends. Having fun at work.

    Then it got spoiled when I learned that Jungle Boy was “Stiffy”. Talking about a cold splash of Gatorade! Oh Well! It was still funny. You Go Ed! We’ll see you and “Jungle Boy” next week. Now if you call him “Jungle Fever” next week. I’ll have to say; “What you talkin bout Willis!”

  24. @skinsfantom who said:
    “whats the pretender in chief have to say? carter, obama omg. same party that almost gave us edwards and gore. scary man, scary.”

    You just had to take it there didn’t you? Your whole miserable life is obviously spent obsessing over those greater than yourself. I can only assume from your comment that you are of opposite political persuasion. SO why don’t you at least spend a few seconds lamenting over what you gave us. Scary man, scary!

  25. He needs to say in the future, “Mr. Tom Silverman, husband to Jane and father to Joe said it was a good call.”

  26. “Have Sharpton and Jesse Jackson been alerted to this yet?”

    Ok, fine. Ahem… Jungle Boy is white.

  27. Didn’t the leader of North Korea just call Obama that when we jammed up their internet for some Sony payback?

    I’ll bet Big Ed Hochuli could bench press that dictator…not that any of this has anything to do with anything…

    Huh….

    LOL

  28. Ed Hochuli’s got some explaining to do.
    ==================================

    No he doesn’t. Hell, Jungle Boy is the name of a movie. Freaking media.

  29. Always trying to create controversy media needs to just report. So much trouble is caused by the media trying to put a slant on everything.
    I’m sure this is a disappointing outcome

  30. zeke2517 says:
    Jan 3, 2015 8:50 PM

    Uh… So what? Why can’t you call a guy jungle boy?

    (Look at his picture before you answer)
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    Do I have to tell you everything? It’s offensive to Tarzan!

  31. Nothing to see here. More “frothing at the mouth” by the media for any racial tidbit or controversy it can find. The real racism actually, is the assumption by the media, or anyone else for that matter, that Hochuli’s partner’s nickname has anything to do with his race or anything racial to begin with. Shame. Next.

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