Blandino says pass interference call on Gronk was correct

AP

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has suggested that he’s wrongly targeted by the officials for offensive pass interference. But NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino says otherwise.

Reviewing an offensive pass interference call that went against Gronkowski on Sunday, Blandino said in his weekly officiating video that it was the right call.

“Offensive pass interference: A lot of discussion about that this year, a lot of discussion about this play,” Blandino said while showing Gronkowski pushing off Broncos safety David Bruton. “He’s going to go into the defender, use his forearm to push off, extend his arm and create separation. This is a foul for offensive pass interference. Whether he uses the forearm or an open hand, the key is the extension. The extended arm into the defensive player to create that separation. You can see the effect it has on the defender and the separation that is created. That’s a foul for offensive pass interference.”

Blandino said when a receiver extends his arm to create space between himself and the defender, that’s a penalty that should be called every time.

“If the receiver leans in with a bent arm and there’s no extension, there’s no foul,” Blandino said. “But when you extend the arm to push off in that manner, that is offensive pass interference.”

Few would dispute that there’s some inconsistency to the way pass interference is called in the NFL. Blandino, however, says that on the play in question, it was called correctly on Gronkowski.

147 responses to “Blandino says pass interference call on Gronk was correct

  1. The Pats think they beat Goodell. But they ain’t seen nothing yet. Goodell always win. He win get back on them where it hurts. AFC Championship Game in Denver.

  2. It’s probably unfair but I can’t stand anything about company hack Blandino. The day he says a call was wrong will never come. He has ZERO credibility.

  3. Then Blandino is a complete idiot. Gronk ran up and was contacted by the defender. He turned to make his break and his arm came up because of his momentum and the defender had both his hands on Gronk. This guy wouldn’t admit to his incompetent refs making a bad call if his life depended on it. It’s a complete joke

  4. Also, what does he have to say about the call on Chung?

    Thomas instigated the contact and extended his arms, visibly knocking Chung backwards.

    I guess that one doesn’t count….

  5. If Blindino© says it’s so – then we know it’s not. That guy now has ZERO credibility. He should be canned and join the 49ers front office.

  6. With winter weather, properly inflated footballs, and correctly called OPI glasskowski will remain as inconsistent as he has the last two games.

  7. Can someone tell this jag that this isn’t basketball. You’re supposed to be allowed to touch people. I hope this league burns to the ground soon so that real football can rise again from the ashes.

  8. There is a new statistic out now …Passing yards taken away due to penalties. At #1, the Patriots who have had 300+ yards of passing offense negated due to penalty. #2 had approximately half the yards (170yds) taken away by penalty. The Patriots are justified to feel singled out by Goodell’s referees. The league’s vendetta against NE has gone from the court room to the gridiron and Roger and his Henchmen are now using their handpicked officials to punish NE for 15 years of dominance. Interesting how Goodell had the most corrupt set of officials transferred to the NE game this weekend.
    You just can’t make this stuff up.

  9. Then why isn’t called more often because it happens way more often than it’s called! Oh, I forgot, these are NFL officials we’re talking about.

  10. 33vikes says:
    Dec 4, 2015 6:48 PM
    It’s probably unfair but I can’t stand anything about company hack Blandino. The day he says a call was wrong will never come. He has ZERO credibility

    It’s actually already happened. More than once. Just this year. I know, the calls that the NFL has admitted were mistakes this year didn’t involve the infallible, always virtuous Scats, but they DID happen. Don’t let facts cloud your arguments Scats fans.

  11. Aybtcr475 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 6:51 PM
    Uh oh… crybrady will really need a diaper change after this news.
    ============================
    there’s only one here needing a change

  12. I would love to hear from Blandino why Brady wasn’t flagged for ripping into the refs consistently during the game. It was embarrassing.
    There isn’t another player in the league who would have gotten away with the child like tantrums for an entire game like what Brady did.
    If you disagree, please feel free to post the player not named Brady who would have gotten away with it.

  13. I know Goodell is tired of the Patriots winning and it’s a good strategy to fix the game against Denver. They’re pretty good so it’s not completely implausible that the Pats would lose to Denver. But what happens against the crappy teams the Pats are playing the rest of the year? How can Goodell fix those without drawing suspicion? I guess we’ll find out

  14. They finally figured it out – if you write the rulebook as you go along, every call will always be correct.

  15. there ya go patsie crybabies… Face it you got BEAT in Denver plain & simple!!! No UNDEFEATED season for you again!!!

    _____________________

    The Patriots lost 4 games last year and then…..won the Superbowl

  16. This particular call was questionable…but 5 OPI calls this year on Gronk and he’s not being targeted???BS…The average number of OPI calls per team is somewhere around 2…the team with the 2nd most calls are the Redskins with 4 and the Pats have 9 total, again with Gronk having 5 of those.

  17. “jolink653 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 6:51 PM
    Then Blandino is a complete idiot. Gronk ran up and was contacted by the defender”

    Gronk ran into a defender already in position, then extended his arm, after what would have been great use of jus the elbow if he didn’t extend it… doesn’t seem like you’re very acquainted with the game.

  18. He’s right… only if you ignore all the events BEFORE Gronk extends his arm.

    Burton hit him with 2 hands, up high, after 5 yards, then grabbed his jersey under the neck) BEFORE Gronk pushed him off.

    If there was a penalty, you could’ve flagged Burton for “illegal contact”, hitting after 5 yards down field or “holding” grabbing the Jersey.

    This should’ve been a non-call.

  19. I would love to hear from Blandino why Brady wasn’t flagged for ripping into the refs consistently during the game. It was embarrassing.
    There isn’t another player in the league who would have gotten away with the child like tantrums for an entire game like what Brady did.
    If you disagree, please feel free to post the player not named Brady who would have gotten away with it.
    ————————-
    How about every quarterback in the league.

  20. Changed illegal contact rules. Brought up obscure signal rules regarding how they could be captured that had never been enforced. Decided the ball might be too flat and spent millions trying to get their best player suspended. Changed OPI rules and emphasize them at a a higher rate with one particular team. Handed down the most harsh penalties in NFL history. It doesn’t matter what you do NFL, they will adjust and keep winning. Because they are good at football.

  21. “He’s going to go into the defender, use his forearm to push off, extend his arm and create separation. This is a foul for offensive pass interference. Whether he uses the forearm or an open hand, the key is the extension. ”

    —- All he needs to do is, keeps his arms folded, run into the defender , flatten him and go wherever he wants .
    Problem solved !!

  22. Gronk runs his route, right before the break the defender is hitting Gronk and then tried to pull on Gronk causing Gronks arm to be extended. I mean if that is all that it takes, arm extended, as a defender Im getting close and grabbing the receivers arm and when he breaks just hold onto the arm to cause him to extend, offensive PI every time.

  23. Dear NFL Fans,
    You have just fallen down the slippery slope and enetered into Goodell’s World. the place where you BELIEVE what the NFL tells you, despite what your eyes, mind and logic say different.

    You bought into the BIG LIE when they did a FULL SCALE assault on your intelligence with Deflate Gate. Now you see the effects of the CONTROL and MANIPLATION that the NFL have given themselves = A Catch is a Catch when THEY say it is a Catch. Green Bay losing, No Problem Face Mask Flag.
    Patriots are going to win against the Broncos = No Problem TWO Bogus Flags and the Broncos are given the game.
    And remember, the Refs can look away from obvious holding against the Broncos and allow Brock to throw the winning TD.

    This is just the beginning of how the NFL will be controlling game outcomes for THEIR DESIRED END.

  24. Here’s my problem with Blandino’s explanation on Gronk. What he’s basically saying is that when DB’s put their hand on Gronkowski, the league says there is nothing Rob can do about it. Because anytime he tries to hand fight any of them, like EVERY WR in the league does on EVERY pass play, he is going to get a penalty.

    So in other words Gronkowski is essentially being penalized for being too good. The league might just as well make him tie one arm to his chest, because they simply aren’t letting him compete like EVERYONE else.

    This is like the Jordan rules only in reverse. The ludicrous NFL exposed again.

    BTW- expecting and DEMANDING officials to be perfect is just as ludicrous. Minimize them as best you can, but the fact is they make a LOT fewer mistakes every game than the Coaches and players do.

  25. In 2006 when the NFL wanted Peyton Manning to get to the Super Bowl the only problem they had was that Tom Brady & Belichick were standing in the way.

    So they FIXED it = Phantom OPI calls when Brady had the ball and they moving downfield to score.

    New England easily won that game if the NFL did not FALSELY throw the flag at two critical moments in the game against the Pats.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE

  26. davemc617 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 6:49 PM
    According to Blandino, the refs are infallible and thus have never made a single mistake.
    ******

    One of the dumber things on the Internets today.

  27. “Listen, this explosion does not frighten us any longer. The cruise missiles do not frighten anyone. We are catching them like fish in a river. I mean here that over the past two days we managed to shoot down 196 missiles before they hit their target.”

    Baghdad Bob

  28. This is exactly what’s wrong with the NFL.

    Every week we are talking about Blandino and Goodell.. Every week. And they love it.

    The problem is it’s not about them. The game is not supposed to be about who runs it and who runs the officials.

    It supposed to be about the teams and the games. Period.

    Fire Goodell and his minions now.

  29. Whatever the rule actually is, there is no consistency in the interpretation and enforcing of it is what he doesn’t get. Or maybe he get it but just doesn’t have the leadership ability to restructure the officials training in order to improve on the matter….

  30. There is a new statistic out now …Passing yards taken away due to penalties. At #1, the Patriots who have had 300+ yards of passing offense negated due to penalty. #2 had approximately half the yards (170yds) taken away by penalty.
    ******

    OR…. Just maybe the quid pro quo for the Pats Pick Scheme has ended? Perhaps they should have just taken their punishment and moved on and the NFL would have continued biz as usual?

  31. Week after week the NFL TV shows kept asking how to cover and stop Gronkowski?

    Many phone calls to Goodell later and we find the answer lies, not with opposing Defenses, but in the hands of NFL Refs & the Goodel’s Puppet = Blandino.

  32. duffelbagsports says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:15 PM
    I would love to hear from Blandino why Brady wasn’t flagged for ripping into the refs consistently during the game. It was embarrassing.
    There isn’t another player in the league who would have gotten away with the child like tantrums for an entire game like what Brady did.
    If you disagree, please feel free to post the player not named Brady who would have gotten away with it.
    ————————-
    How about every quarterback in the league.

    ****

    Yeah, but Brady over the past year or two has entered Pissy Sidelines Phil RiversZone with his antics. He seriously looks like White Goodman jumping around like he’s about to lose GloboGym to Pete LaFleaur (note-Goodman was the villain in the movie)

  33. Goodell the PUPPET MASTER (Twilight Zone theme music playing)

    “You are traveling to another Dimension. A Dimension not only of Sight & Sound but of MIND……..”

    WAKE UP PEOPLE – You are being PAWNED as long as you stay silent.

  34. Blandino in bed with Goodell (figuratively). You can’t take stock in anything these 2 clowns have to say. It’s funny how there is so much controversy lately during games,but the calls are never wrong. This guy needs to go.

  35. Most whiney fanbase EVER. Talk about temper tantrums. You guys are truly amazing.

    ______________

    You seem to have it backwards. Articles about the Patriots are the only ones where every fan of every other team comes and whines about the Patriots. It seems like every other team has the most whiney fanbase ever

  36. “Blandino says pass interference call on Gronk was correct”

    Blandino says a LOT of things. How do you know when he is lying? His lips are moving

  37. Targeted??? Go watch the video going around of all 5 of Gronk’s PIs this year. They’re blatantly obvious push offs. He has the most because he pushes off the most, and frankly, I’m surprised he doesn’t have even more penalties.

    In any case, it’s not surprising the same fan base that believes the Deflator was trying to lose weight also believes Gronk has never pushed off.

  38. briscocountyjr says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:12 PM
    “jolink653 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 6:51 PM
    Then Blandino is a complete idiot. Gronk ran up and was contacted by the defender”

    Gronk ran into a defender already in position, then extended his arm, after what would have been great use of jus the elbow if he didn’t extend it… doesn’t seem like you’re very acquainted with the game.

    ————–

    That isn’t true. It is actually just really poor technique by the defender. He backs towards his right anticipating a break by Gronk or just contact. Either way, he concedes position.

    The more interesting aspect of this call is when you compare it to the defensive PI called against Chung. Pretty much the same play with a different break and the receiver fully extends his arms, both arms. If Gronk is OPI, than that was more so. Instead they called it the other way.

  39. Eagles are a wussy team. Very soft and undisciplined even with the officiating trying to cheat us again — this time it won’t be close enough to matter

    Look for Tom to score Peyton Manning stats, while our defense holds your team to nothing.

    Turns the only cheating Tom did was cheat father time-BEST 38 1/2 OLD QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME.

    Still plays like young rookie while the officials do the cheating they should investigate them they are probably overinflating footballs.

  40. jolink653 (above) explains Gronk’s catch very clearly.

    It seems Blandino doesn’t understand football and I wonder what kind of referee he was — does he have a history of bad on-field calls??

    By virtue of a player running and cutting, there will be momentum and hands and arms will naturally move. Even if a receiver holds his arms in, running and cutting will cause at least some extension of the arms.

    Blandino’s explanation of Gronk’s catch is terrible and unrealistic!!!

  41. Star Wars – NFL Style = The EMPIRE Strikes Back

    Not by coincidence, the timing of this latest covert attack against the Brady & the NE Patriots.

    NFL Refs = Dark Carriers of Bad Calls

  42. I doubt the NFL recognizes this, but fans everywhere have had their fill of Dean Blew-it-dino. He has lost all credibility and fans wouldn’t believe him if he said the earth is round.

  43. I wonder how Blew-it-dino would explain away the dozen or more illegal pick plays that wr.’s commit ever single game. It is rare that any “crossing pattern” by a wr doesn’t involve an illegal pick by another wr.

  44. Everyone wants to jump on the bad ref bandwagon and there were some questionable calls in that game, but Gronk did push off….watched it several times. He chicken winged the defender and created separation.

  45. liquidchaoss says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:20 PM
    Gronk runs his route, right before the break the defender is hitting Gronk and then tried to pull on Gronk causing Gronks arm to be extended.
    ————————————
    You Pats fans are so full of it. The defender is in his spot, Gronkowski initiates contact and pushes off like he often does, only this time the refs called him on it.

    I hope it’s called every time Rob attempts it.

  46. Don’t care about Patriots or Gronk. If that was offensive pi, they need to Change the Rule.

  47. thermo321 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:05 PM

    I know Goodell is tired of the Patriots winning and it’s a good strategy to fix the game against Denver. They’re pretty good so it’s not completely implausible that the Pats would lose to Denver. But what happens against the crappy teams the Pats are playing the rest of the year? How can Goodell fix those without drawing suspicion? I guess we’ll find out
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Goodell’s objective is PLAN A = Try to give the Pats two more losses so they lose Homefield Advantage for AFC Champ game

    If that FAILS, unto Plan B = Give Patriots Loss on First Playoff Game.

    PLAN C = Pats make it to SB = DEFINITELY will be close game so EASY FIX there.

  48. I find it funny the enforcement of the rules to create more offense to negate the Patriots defense in 2005. Now in 2015 the strict enforcement negates the Patriots unstoppable offensive weapon. Next will be something to make kicks hard on Gostowski….

  49. Gronk ran into a defender already in position, then extended his arm, after what would have been great use of jus the elbow if he didn’t extend it… doesn’t seem like you’re very acquainted with the game.
    ===
    You just said what Blandino said, and you’re just as wrong.

  50. How many football fans (of whatever team) see ‘Blandino’ or ‘Goodell’ in a headline or story and reflexively won’t believe a word they say?

    The NFL needs some new comedians to act as out-front clowns for the money machine.

  51. Everyone wants to jump on the bad ref bandwagon and there were some questionable calls in that game, but Gronk did push off….watched it several times. He chicken winged the defender and created separation.
    ===
    That’s legal. Call it a chicken-wing or a fore-arm shiver or dolphin-flipper, or whatever you want, but that’s the exact move the on- and off-field officials have told JMcD and RG to use. Gronk’s just bigger than the defenders so they lose and the officials assume that Gronk extended his arm. No one could get that much separation with just a chicken wing, could they?

    Gronk can, and he’s being called differently because of it.

  52. Ask this straight up douche bag Why the arm around Easley’s neck during the Bronko’s TD was not a hold. Sure he’ll come up with a lame excuse.

  53. “If the receiver leans in with a bent arm and there’s no extension, there’s no foul,”

    That’s what happened both times vs DEN, Dean, and your boys threw the flag. GFYA.

  54. iamkillerfin.. You’re a moron plain and simple.. Lol
    Yeah it was only in week 12 that the Patriots lost their first game. How ridiculous is your comment? As for the the other Einstein on here claiming how whiny Pats fans are, why is it every story about them has all other teams fans whining and complaining? All jealous, butt hurt morons all of you 🙂
    I guess seeing them win four Super Bowls will do that too you.. Keep your hater comments coming, I laugh at all of them while the Pats just keep winning!!!! Mr. Tom Brady.. Goat, Hoodie, Goat!! Go Pats!!!! 🙂

  55. “In any case, it’s not surprising the same fan base that believes the Deflator was trying to lose weight also believes Gronk has never pushed off.”

    As opposed to the multitude of fan bases who believe Roger Goodell and his cronies over the laws of physics?

  56. I don’t think the refs are “targeting” Gronkowski as much as they simply don’t know how to deal with someone who is so big and physically dominant. It sort of reminds me of Shaq, particularly early in his career, when he was called for all those offensive fouls. He wasn’t doing anything different than anyone else, but he was so big and strong that the defenders would go flying and the refs would blow the whistle. It’s the same phenomenon with Gronk. I have seen him push off, but usually (and this was clearly the case against Denver) the defender initiates contact.

  57. Dear Patriot Fans,

    Put your purses down, build a bridge, and get over it. Crying isn’t going to change the call, or the outcome of the game. You all are making yourselves look like fools.

    Sincerely
    The rest of the league.

    P.S

    No one likes a crybaby

  58. There are few things as entertaining as witnessing Pats fans creating an alternate history in mass. By Sunday, they’ll all agree that Bruton was literally riding Gronk like a horse and that Chung reacted to DT brandishing a hand gun in the end zone. It’s not lying, because they really believe exactly what they are saying.

  59. I think what Pats fans are saying is that the NFL is fixed. That’s only acceptable to them if it results in a
    SB victory, like last season. C’mon guys, you lose 1 game (1!?) and now it’s gotta be a grand conspiracy? Why wait until now? Why not make sure they don’t make the playoffs? That would fit the recent history of the game better, but no the league wanted you 10-0 before implementing their devious master plan. Pats fans, the same people that have spent an inordinate amount of time telling other teams fans to get over bad calls, that YOUR team should overcome adversity to win regardless of officiating, like the almighty Patriots do, as soon as it happens to them the game is now fixed against them. SMDH.

  60. I never had anything against the pats, except the fact they cheat, until you the incessant whining. He extended his forearm and bushed the defender to get open. Keep crying and maybe they’ll hand you a win or build a bridge and get over it. 5 OPI calls against Gronk. Must be targeting him…or he could (actually he is) pushing of.

  61. Only Goodell would choose someone who had never been a referee to head the office of officiating. Goodell needs to be fired and his minions need to leave with him. Get competent, unbiased people in the front office, simplify the rule book, hire full-time well trained refs….and save football.

  62. It is physical impossible to run hard and turn on a dime without lifting your arm, and bouncing off a defender. It’s a physical sport..Let Them Play.

  63. thermo321 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 8:08 PM

    You seem to have it backwards. Articles about the Patriots are the only ones where every fan of every other team comes and whines about the Patriots. It seems like every other team has the most whiney fanbase ever
    _________________

    This is precious. You Pats fans think EVERY OTHER FANBASE in the NFL is that obsessed with the Patriots? Seems your egos are about the only thing bigger than Roger Goodell’s salary.

  64. Guess he (Blandino) got his game bonus from R.G. for calling it his way. A real-life version of “The Longest Yard” going on here, minus the the long gun and unwanted shower sex approaches. Not to mention the change of referee teams moving over to the Philly game that has also been “Flexed” to prime-time. This whole ordeal is nothing short of incredible. RG is trying his best to keep the Pats out of Santa Clara this year.

    R.G. needs to go ASAP

  65. Did he look at the one from a previous game where Gronk blocked a guy at the line of scrimmage so hard that he went backward more than 5 yards and fell over, so he got OPI again?

    It’s not that Gronk can’t get called for a penalty of he breaks a rule, but just be consistent across the league. That’s all.

  66. thejuddstir says:
    Dec 4, 2015 8:43 PM
    I wonder how Blew-it-dino would explain away the dozen or more illegal pick plays that wr.’s commit ever single game. It is rare that any “crossing pattern” by a wr doesn’t involve an illegal pick by another wr.

    ——–

    A crossing pattern isn’t an illegal pick. It’s a legal pick. Receivers are allowed to run their routs and defenders have to adjust. If a receiver just stops and picks a defender and doesn’t run their route then it usally is called. That’s illegal.

  67. “samadams14 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:45 PM
    There is a new statistic out now …Passing yards taken away due to penalties. At #1, the Patriots who have had 300+ yards of passing offense negated due to penalty. #2 had approximately half the yards (170yds) taken away by penalty.”

    Nope, if you look at teams and penelties, the Broncos have been mosthe penalized.. against the bears, they had exactly 0 penalties. Check on a search, the patriots are right in the middle in terms of bad vs good calls.

  68. Ooooo my…..he just lost any credibility he had…… That call was a very very bad call and effected the game…..Bumdino is an idiot

  69. Let’s talk cheaters….. Denver beat Atlanta in a super bowl … They cheated on their cap….. That team should have never been on the field
    Atlanta wAs cheated , den cheated to win a super bowl….. That’s worse than any thing the Pats have done…. Yea lets talk cheaters you cheaters

  70. liquidchaoss says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:20 PM
    Gronk runs his route, right before the break the defender is hitting Gronk and then tried to pull on Gronk causing Gronks arm to be extended.
    ————————————
    You Pats fans are so full of it. The defender is in his spot, Gronkowski initiates contact and pushes off like he often does, only this time the refs called him on it.

    What a punk, the defender was the one that initiated the contact…. You would have to be blind in one eye and could not see out of the other and have an IQ of a Persian monkey to even think that Gronk initiated that hit…..,wow. Xander by the way I am far from a pats fan

  71. This guy is a genuine company man. He knows who signing his meal ticket, and wouldn’t dare say anything to jeopardize his supper.

    That’s why is comments about officiating are always positive, while he’s correct their screw-ups. Some sound like they haven’t read the rules in a decade.

  72. So when Odell Beckham fully straightened his arm to push Butler off him for a 70 yard TD how come Blandino didn’t point out that was called incorrectly.

    The inconstancy of these refs is atrocious. Call it loose or call it tight I don’t care, at least call it the same for all teams. The NFL’s vendettas and favorites show loud and clear. Lions and Pats get screwed, Packers and Jets can do whatever they want.

  73. For YEARS we’ve had to listen to Patri*ts fans condescend, “oh lemme guess – the refs screwed you, right?” And now, 180° later it’s quite a different story. The irony of this is equally as delicious as your tears. All hail the Boston Tear Party!

    The NFL has been covering for your precious Tom Brady & Co. just long enough for you to think “this is the way it will always be” – and SURPRISE! Nothing lasts forever. NFL finally woke up and realized this whole mess was way outta hand. It’s beautiful.

    It’s over. Deal with it. Back to earth with you mortals!

  74. samadams14 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 7:50 PM

    Yeah, but Brady over the past year or two has entered Pissy Sidelines Phil RiversZone with his antics. He seriously looks like White Goodman jumping around like he’s about to lose GloboGym to Pete LaFleaur (note-Goodman was the villain in the movie)

    ————
    WTF are you even talking about…?

  75. Biggest issue here is not whether or not if was OPI. It’s consistency. Can’t call one on Gronk OPI then Chung for DPI. In same game.

    Also Brady threw to complete opposite side of field, the fact people are even debating the call is enough to tell a ref if it’s no where near the ball, make a judgment call snd leave flag in belt.

    Let them play.

  76. Ticky tack call, just like the holding calls in the game.

    Somebody should ask blandino about the SI cover “clothesline” photo.

  77. You know why they want to keep the human factor in calling penalties? So the NFL can manipulate the outcome of games.

    These games gets more contrived, ridiculous, and unwatchable every time one of these outrageous penalties gets called / ignored.

  78. Blandino has ZERO integrity and ZERO credibility. How that latent college frat boy managed to achieve a position of “authority” as Crapdell’s sock puppet is both a mystery and an outrage. It’s like having Pee Wee Herman as U.S. Secretary of State.

  79. 33vikes says:
    Dec 4, 2015 6:48 PM
    It’s probably unfair but I can’t stand anything about company hack Blandino. The day he says a call was wrong will never come. He has ZERO credibility.
    —————————————————-
    He has said calls were wrong and mistakes have been made.

  80. if you see the sports illustrated cover, it shows Easely being held…being pulled backwards….no call. Hard to beat the opposing team and the officials too.

  81. Blandino is an apologist for both the NFL’s weak officiating and the NFL’s spin. The defender steps into Gronk beyond 5 yards, taking away any “charging” by Gronk. The defender gets his body and hands on Gronk and Gronk breaks free without ever pushing off. Of course he needs to move his forearm, the defender is all over him. When do you ever see a wide receiver getting called for what Gronk did? Virtually never. When do you see defenders getting called for what Denver’s defender did? Quite often. Gronk is being treated differently, either because the NFL is targeting the Patriots or because Gronk’s size and athleticism confuses the refs’ perception, or both.

  82. “there ya go patsie crybabies… Face it you got BEAT in Denver plain & simple!!! No UNDEFEATED season for you again!!!”

    This is just absolutely hilarious. Oh noes! No undefeated season!! Dude, you’re a Dolphins fan LOFL. Get a tissue sweetheart.

  83. “It seems Blandino doesn’t understand football and I wonder what kind of referee he was — does he have a history of bad on-field calls??”

    He has never officiated an NFL game. Not a single one. And he is in charge of NFL officials. That should tell you all you need to know.

  84. Awwww. Maybe Gronk should go run to Judge Berman. He’ll reverse the call for him.

  85. I cannot wait to see Brady slapped with an unsportsmanlike penalty, or better yet ejected from a game! There is NOT another q/b in the league, who is constantly in the faces of the refs, yapping and griping!!!! If any of the refs had the guts to do this, part of his ranting might stop!!…Sheesh…You would not let your child act like this, why a 38 yr. old man??

  86. “Most whiney fanbase EVER. Talk about temper tantrums. You guys are truly amazing.”

    LOL, says the fan of another team that posts whiny BS in every single Pats article.

  87. Every article on the World Champion Pats has the same posters writing the same lies that are just so full of hate . So sad they are living such pathetic hateful lifes. I truly feel sorry for them, whatever could have occurred in their lifes to cause such angst?
    I do know they all slept through 7th grade science class, though! LOL!

  88. The Patriots challenge the league because they’re QB deflated some footballs and 11 games in to the season the crying is unbearable….that’s what happens when you’re used to getting all the calls your way and now the playing field has been leveled off….well welcome to the party where you get some bad calls every week….waaaaaaah

  89. You can scrutinize every NFL play and find a technical reason to throw a flag. That’s no way to defend poor officiating. Unless you want 4 hr gms, refs have to make a judgement as to what’s ‘ticky tack’, vs what needs to be flagged because the infraction changed the play. Gronk’s and Chung’s penalties are the definition of a non call. And Blandino knows it. If you call it like that, you have to throw a flag on every pass play. Let the boys play and call the clear infractions. Especially don’t call the ticky tack ones only vs one team. Pats lost the Denver game for many reasons, such as injuries and uncharacteristic errors like muffing punts. And Denver making plays. But, the refs certainly didn’t do them any favors. They’re still in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed. I could care less about undefeated.

  90. “This is precious. You Pats fans think EVERY OTHER FANBASE in the NFL is that obsessed with the Patriots? Seems your egos are about the only thing bigger than Roger Goodell’s salary.”

    Bahahaha says the guy who posts in every single Pats thread. Obsession.

  91. It’s pretty darn hilarious all you people saying the Pats are whining as you you’ve been in a collective melt down whining about the Pats in every single Pats article going on a year now.

    You people are completely delusional.

  92. bkostela says:
    Dec 4, 2015 10:49 PM
    thermo321 says:
    Dec 4, 2015 8:08 PM

    You seem to have it backwards. Articles about the Patriots are the only ones where every fan of every other team comes and whines about the Patriots. It seems like every other team has the most whiney fanbase ever
    _________________

    This is precious. You Pats fans think EVERY OTHER FANBASE in the NFL is that obsessed with the Patriots? Seems your egos are about the only thing bigger than Roger Goodell’s salary.

    ——————————-

    ….says the fan of another team reading WAAAY down into the comments on an article about the Pats and then taking the time to post.

  93. Gronk has been completely uncoverable by everybody in the league through the first half of the season, always having massive separation on every single play. I’m sure he never fouls to do that…

  94. Gronk is probably the biggest baby to play the game.
    Him and Taw-me should knit for a living as its much safer and both are better suited for girls activities.

    They both suck along with their silly coach.

    THE CHEATERS!

  95. Grok never extended his arm plain and simple. How is that Gronk has more on the season than most teams have. Simply they are targeting because of whiny coaches telling the NFL that they can’t match up and they need officiating help. Gronk gets mugged on just about every play and they never call it on the defender.

  96. You can rationalize anything in a physical game like football, but his claim doesn’t pass the eyeball test. Blandino is The Fem Police for the NFL. Go sell B.S. somewhere else son…..

  97. What would you do if someone in your family were accused and deemed guilty based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN” (quote Wells Report)? Could you accept that???

    FACTS:
    1. Colts had deflated footballs – page 8 Wells report.

    2. Brady requested that all persons be placed under oath and the NFL tried to seal this fact (transcripts). Thus under oath, the NFL admitted that they DID NOT know anything about the Ideal Gas Law (IGL).

    3. Patriot’s record last 26 games: Won 23 .. Lost 3.

    4. Since the end of the first half of FrameGate: Brady 34 Touchdowns, 6 Interceptions.

    5. Fumbles since FrameGate: research it, non-Patriots’ fans will be disappointed.

    Would you accept a guilty designation based on “ASSUMPTIONS AND DATA THAT IS UNCERTAIN”??? This is AMERICA and King Roger IS NOT bigger than our great Country! The Missouri Supreme Court, in a separate case, stated in May, 2015: ….“the terms of the contract designating the NFL commissioner, an employee of the team owners, as the sole arbitrator with unfettered discretion to establish the rules for arbitration are unconscionable and, therefore, unenforceable”.

    In the future, a best-selling movie will FOREVER PRESERVE the disgraceful actions of the current NFL office.

  98. For the season the Patriots have 77 penalties to their opponents 89 penalties. That’s a +12 penalty discrepancy.

    For comparison, the Broncos have 85 penalties to their opponents 64. That’s a -21 penalty discrepancy.

    The Broncos not only are penalized more than the Patriots but their opponents also commit less penalties.

    There’s no ref bias so wipe your tears and move on with your lives.

  99. I don’t really go in for these conspiracy theories, but the Pats are penalized less because they coach it. For example, the undisciplined Broncos have 10 offsides penalties. The Pats have ZERO. In other non judgement calls the Pats have among the fewest in the league. Two delay of games, only 4 teams have fewer. 11 false starts, only 9 teams have fewer. Unnecessary roughness: 1. But on the judgment calls things get different. The Pats have 9 OPI calls. Only 1 other team has more than 5. 9 DPI, only 3 teams have more. Hmm. I stop short on conspiracy theories, but I’m sure there is no joy in the league office about the Pats continued success. They were high fiving each other when the bogus, biased, debunked Wells Report came out. I’m sure the refs have no problem trying to please the league office. I’m sure the league office has no problem listening to opposing coaches bending their ear every week because they can’t match up with Gronk.

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