What happened to Mike Carey?

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Lost in last night’s Super Bowl was the fact that CBS officiating expert Mike Carey apparently got lost.

Carey contributed only once to the broadcast, in connection with an incomplete pass from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to receiver Jerricho Cotchery that Carolina coach Ron Rivera challenged.

Before referee Clete Blakeman announced the outcome, Jim Nantz threw it to Carey for an explanation.

“I think this is a good challenge by Carolina,” Carey said. “The receiver goes up, he’s going the ground. So he must maintain control of the ball, which he does. If I was in the booth, I would reverse this to a catch.

“The ball never hits the ground. Even though there’s a bobble inside, maintains good control, up off the ground. He rolls over, keeps it off the ground at the end.”

But the ruling on the field was upheld, because the ball did hit the ground and because there was no indisputable visual evidence that the ruling on the field of the ball moving too much upon hitting the ground was incorrect.

After the play, Carey was never heard from again. Sure, there was only one more replay challenge (a tap-in putt that would have allowed Carey to quickly explain that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be treated as down even with the slightest contact from a Carolina defender), but the game presented other opportunities for explanations from Carey, including an illegal blindside block during a punt return.

Likewise, multiple players had a pair of personal fouls, which Commissioner Roger Goodell has proposed would result in an ejection. Carey could have said something about the dilemma officials face when potentially sending a player to the showers prematurely.

Based on last week’s comments from CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, it’s obvious that CBS is aware of, and sensitive to, the criticism of Carey. It seems that someone opted to protect Carey and CBS from further fodder for more criticism but putting him on ice for the rest of Super Bowl 50.

CBS has not yet responded to an email sent last night request comment on Carey’s disappearance from the broadcast. There’s at least a chance the disappearance will be something more than temporary, given his body of work.

139 responses to “What happened to Mike Carey?

  1. That was a catch, calling it against the Panthers was just another effort to prop up Peyton one last time. Best officiating crew in the league can’t even tell when he’s clearly down by contact for some reason. It’s like watching someone force quit Madden every time something goes wrong. “I’m the champ!”

  2. Yeah, but they did throw it to Jay Feely to explain how a field goal ended up hitting the FG post….you know just in case all of us couldn’t figure it out. So there is that.

    The NFL should just give every SB to NBC and be done with it.

  3. When did the ball hit the ground? I must have missed that.

    If the ball did hit the ground, it was only when Cotchery had it in his hands. He didn’t lose control of it until he rolled over, and after which, he regained control.

    I am not a fan of Carey, but he called that one correctly last night. The refs had all the evidence they needed to rule that play as a catch. They simply chose not to.

    This begs the question: What is the point of instant replay if the refs aren’t going to use it? They blew that call, and it had an adverse effect on the game. The Broncos would have likely won anyway, but that missed call changed how the game was played, due to the strip sack TD two plays later.

  4. But the ruling on the field was upheld, because the ball did hit the ground and because there was no indisputable visual evidence that the ruling on the field of the ball moving too much upon hitting the ground was incorrect.

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    EXACTLY!! My God people, the ball CLEARLY hit the ground & then bobbled like crazy. Based on the rules, it’s not a catch. Hate the rules? Fine. But they were called correctly here.

    PS Mike Carey is an idiot.

    That is all.

  5. It was obvious from the start that he wasn’t a good fit for this role, he never seemed comfortable on the air. They should have pulled the plug after last year. This is really proof that copying someone else’s idea doesn’t automatically make it as good.

  6. Mike Carey has got what I thought were right calls multiple times this year and the NFL referees and head office overturn. He got that one right in the Super Bowl.

    Most smart fans feel that Bladnino and his referees make the mistakes. I said it before Fox’s Mike Pereira makes his comments like a “Yes man” and never goes against the NFL. He waffles and covers for their bad calls.

  7. Interestingly, nobody points out that Cotchery does a Calvin Johnson at the end of the “process of completing the catch” when he flips the ball as he starts to get up off the ground. That, in itself, is an incomplete pass… according to the stupid rules. Which of course need to be revamped this offseason.

  8. I kind of got the feeling that Denver was going to win when they called that a non catch after everyone with 20-20 vision said it was a catch. It’s sad when the game is decided off the field.

  9. Consider it a gift from the producers.

    It’s a moot point. Mike Carey won’t be back on broadcasts next year.

    But hey, less Mike Carey meant we got to hear more of Tracy Wolfson’s annoying Jersey accent.

  10. Carey was awful all season, as was all the officiating. Dean Blandino consistently has his head in the sand and does nothing but make excuses. He should be replaced and officials should be made full time. Officiating has been garbage the last few years.

  11. My takes from the Super Bowl:

    1) Couldn’t be more obvious who the league wanted to win.

    2) THE worst announced game I have ever watched. Super biased. It was sickening.

    3) Talib is as dirty as it gets. Which brings me to my next point…

    4) They need to do something about “half the distance to the goal” penalties. There is no reason a facemask throw down Talib style should be a 1 yard penalty. Almost pulled his head off. Enforce the difference on the kickoff or change of possession.

    5) Outside of all the BS, I can honestly say this was the most boring Super Bowl I have ever watched.

  12. Lost in the mess of penalties, turnovers and play stoppage:

    Clete Blakeman’s crew called a flag with 11 seconds left in a game that was over. 11 seconds left. And it took them like 40 seconds to figure out the call.

    Really?

    I saw Clete Blakeman so many times, I started hearing him saying ‘floor bags’ and ‘east Asia’. Bad Lip Reading fans will get that.

  13. On the Cotchery play, it looked to me like the ball definitely hit the ground, but Mike Carey and even the announcers acted like it was pretty clear that it didn’t. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have at least said it’s hard to tell. Were they trying to help Mike Carey?

  14. He is wrong all the time..fans and players already have issues with poor officiating then you have this former ref that cant get any call right

  15. weepingjebus says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:33 AM
    That was a catch, calling it against the Panthers was just another effort to prop up Peyton one last time. Best officiating crew in the league can’t even tell when he’s clearly down by contact for some reason. It’s like watching someone force quit Madden every time something goes wrong. “I’m the champ!”
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    Yes, it was a clear attempt by the league to prop up a specific player. If only they would put effort into propping up Cam Newton…

  16. I think Carey sucks as much as anyone, but I think he was actually right when he disagreed with the outcome of the challenge.

    It would be rather ironic if he got fired for being wrong about the call on the field the one time that he got it right and the refs got it wrong.

  17. I agreed with Carey. As a neutral observer, I thought it was a catch.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the NFL told CBS to get him off the air. They surely did not want someone conflicting with their calls in such a high profile game.

    I mean, consider how quickly CBS folded when the NFL put the kibosh on the pregame interview with the owner of the Super Bowl I tape. It’s a bad look for them, so they told CBS to make it go away.

    I’m sure it will leak that this is what happened, and the NFL will deny it. CBS just needs to grow a pair.

  18. Say what you want about the product on the field, but CBS did not bring its best game coverage wise either. Simms is really hard to take and Jim Nantz has a way of making even the biggest NFL event seem like a golf tournament. Maybe expectations were unrealistic with it being the 5oth and all but I felt like the whole day — including the game, the commercials and the halftime show — was flat, forced and overscripted.

  19. Maybe I’m alone, but I thought it was clear the nose of the ball hit the ground. Remember it can hit the ground and still be a completion if the ground doesn’t alter his grasp of the ball. The ball did move from his grasp temporarily after hitting the ground and that’s an incompletion. I literally haven’t heard Carey get one call right all season.

  20. After getting that first call wrong, he jumped out of the broadcast booth, plunging to his death. The NFL covered it up so as not to distract from their big night.

    I was rooting for Carolina, but I agreed with the call on the no catch. The nose of the football scraped the ground, then it moved. Cam had an awful night, but his receivers let him down a few times as well.

  21. Mike Carey was correct about the call. The refs on the field were incorrect in my judgment.

    The fact that there is a disagreement between a network’s officiating “expert” and the officials on the field (in itself) is not cause for criticizing or firing the talking head.

  22. kurdishpats1 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:43 AM
    My takes from the Super Bowl:

    1) Couldn’t be more obvious who the league wanted to win.

    2) THE worst announced game I have ever watched. Super biased. It was sickening.

    3) Talib is as dirty as it gets. Which brings me to my next point…

    4) They need to do something about “half the distance to the goal” penalties. There is no reason a facemask throw down Talib style should be a 1 yard penalty. Almost pulled his head off. Enforce the difference on the kickoff or change of possession.

    5) Outside of all the BS, I can honestly say this was the most boring Super Bowl I have ever watched.
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    Who did the league ‘want to win’? The ‘league’ that called 3 penalties on Aqib Talib before he made a tackle? That’s an add way to ensure victory for one team.

    But apparently, the league forced Carolina to commit multiple false start and delay of game penalties? Are you suggesting that perhaps the refs shouldn’t call those?

  23. Let’s live in reality. The play was called incomplete on the field. There has to be indisputable video evidence to OVERTURN the call.

    Notice they said ‘call stands’, not ‘call confirmed’.

    If it was ruled a catch on the field, it would have stayed a catch.

  24. To be fair, my thoughts on the play were word-for-word same as Carey. And, that was a huge call, since the sack-fumble TD came the very next play. Guess all we can say about instant replay is it has NOT removed controversy over officiating, because of how convoluted the rules themselves have become.

  25. It was a catch is a catch is a catch.

    I don’t know if this is intentional, but it smells of rigging.

  26. I don’t think there was conclusive proof either way as to whether or not the ball hit the ground so it was pretty obvious they were going to stay with the call on the field. Well obvious to everyone except Mike Carey!

  27. If there had been a different network handling the game, we would have likely had a definitive zoom in shot showing whether the ball touched the ground. But, no we had those idiotic 360 shots.

    I can understand the non-overturn. You just didn’t have definitive confirmation that the ball didn’t (barely) touch the ground.

  28. The player bobbled the ball and the ground helped him eventually get control. That’s an incomplete pass. Had it been originally ruled a catch, they might not have overturned it. Other than that play, the refs that worked the super bowl were there because they were the best in the business. There really wasn’t much for Mike Carey to comment on.

  29. @ midenginerearwheeldrive

    The overturn on the Cotchrey catch, although early in the game, completely changed momentum of the game in Denver’s favor. Take that away and Carolina plays more relaxed.

    It’s a story book ending the NFL wanted. It’s okay to admit it.

  30. They need to do something about “half the distance to the goal” penalties. There is no reason a facemask throw down Talib style should be a 1 yard penalty. Almost pulled his head off. Enforce the difference on the kickoff or change of possession.
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    Along with “half the distance to the goal” penalties, I think something needs to be done with penalties during PATs and defensive penalties after touchdowns.

    Talib was flagged on the Panther’s PAT after their touchdown and the penalty was “assessed on the kick off” I hate that penalty. The kick off is moved from the 30 to the 35 yard line, making it even more probable to be a touchback. I would like them to see the kick off kept on the 30 and the penalty assessed AFTER the kick off return
    1. A touchback? Offense starts on the 15 rather then the 20 if it is a 5 yard penalty — or on the 5 if it is 15 yard penalty, etc.

    2. Run it out of the end zone and end up on the 30 or 40 — sorry, move the line of scrimmage back the penalty distance.

    3. Speical Teams gets lucky and the kick off is returned for a touchdown — So Sorry — take the points off the board and put the ball in the red zone on the 5 or 15 yard line. Special Teams can thank the idiot who was flagged on the previous play for taking points off the board.

  31. but if Carey’s talking that means Simms and Nance are not – that’s just too much hot air to try to contain. Makes for a volatile situation.

  32. Talib’s penalty was also enforced on the kickoff. The Panthers kicked off from the 40-yard-line because of the penalty.

  33. I liked Mike Carey as a ref, I like him as a commenter. Refs are like the weatherman, they can be wrong everyday and still keep their job. Mike is just calling it like he sees it. Give the man some credit.

  34. How can anyone think that was a catch?

    The ball traveled from his hands, up his arm to his armpit, and then he grabbed it with his hand while he was on on the ground.

    It doesn’t matter it it hit the ground or not. The fact that the ball traveled from his hands, up his arm to his armpit, and then back to his hands means he didn’t have control of it according to the current rule.

    5-10 years ago, yes, that’s a catch. But at this point it is not.

    Plain & simple.

  35. I couldn’t stand him the minute he ejected Suggs I believe for having malice in his eyes. Those were his exact words. What a bizarre human being.

  36. If the NFL was going to silence/mute its “experts” for being wrong or sound ignorant, why was Phil Simms’ microphone still on? He rarely contributes anything intelligent or correct to the game and the conversation around it. According to CBS insiders, the suits at CBs are aware of Simms short-falls, but don’t care because it is ONLY the viewers who are complaining about Simms and what comes out of his mouth. It is too bad they don’t look to upgrade to match NBC and its many intelligent and high quality experts!

  37. routerunning says:
    Feb 8, 2016 11:18 AM
    Talib’s penalty was also enforced on the kickoff. The Panthers kicked off from the 40-yard-line because of the penalty.
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    Talib committed a third penalty during the PAT attempt that put the ball on the 40 for the kick off…

  38. This was actually one of those silly Vegas Super Bowl bets. Will Mike Carey be wrong on a call. Odds were even. I won $50. Thanks Mike!

  39. I had no dog in the fight, but to me, it was 100% a catch. I never saw the ball hit the ground, and in my (less than) expert opinion, Cotchery maintained control the whole time.

  40. The Panthers weren’t going to win, regardless. Cam just played way too poorly and the Denver defense was amazing. Still, the Panthers got hosed on that call.

  41. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 8, 2016 10:43 AM

    My takes from the Super Bowl:

    1) Couldn’t be more obvious who the league wanted to win.
    ……………………………………………………………….

    to those who believe the game was fixed because manning winning is the way the league wants it… get out of the basement…. if any fix were in it would be to support their newly crowned MVP and poster boy…… did you watch the game… if manning were half of what he was 2 years ago the score would have been 45-10… panthers were outplayed and outcoached and only the most ardent conspiracy theorists, or blind fans, could see it any other way

  42. “But the ruling on the field was upheld, because the ball did hit the ground and because there was no indisputable visual evidence that the ruling on the field of the ball moving too much upon hitting the ground was incorrect.”
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    Where does it hit the ground? I thought two separate angles both clearly showed his hands were under it. It did some loose as he was rolling over but it very clearly didn’t hit the ground then prior to him getting a firm grasp on it again.

  43. No catch, Carey gets it wrong again. The nose of the football clearly hit the ground on impact, comes loose from his grip, and Cotchery does not regain good control of it until after he rolls over.

  44. eaglealan64 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 11:08 AM
    I don’t think there was conclusive proof either way as to whether or not the ball hit the ground so it was pretty obvious they were going to stay with the call on the field. Well obvious to everyone except Mike Carey!
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    I hate to agree with an Eagle fan (hopefully its BC eagles and not philly!), however this was the FIRST LOGICAL COMMENT I’ve read regarding this play.

    Anyone saying it was “clear” the ball ‘hit the ground’ or ‘did not hit the ground’ needs to take it down a few notches. While there was no definitive angle that showed the ball touch the grass, there was also no proof that the ball definitely did not touch.

    Thus, the call on the field “STOOD” (instead of being confirmed).

  45. Gotta laugh at those who say the league wanted the Broncos to win, and that the refs favored them.

    In both the SB and the AFC championship, there was not one offensive holding call made against Carolina or the Pats, despite their lines getting blown up all night. There weren’t any called against the Broncos either in the AFC C, and I’m sure there should have been some in that game.

    There was also not one intentional grounding call made in either game.

    It’s mind boggling how the NFL just continues on with abysmal reffing.

  46. This league is as phony as a three dollar bill. The integrity of this once great game is in the rear view mirror. I’ll be sitting back watching it’s demise.

    Thank god the only sport that matters is about to fire up again. Thank you MLB, where the players themselves are the cheaters, not the league itself.

  47. I saw a catch but calling it incomplete on the field brought int the “indisputable” rules when the review was made. Like most, I’m not exactly sure what a catch is.

  48. So many people saying “He didn’t control it while going to the ground.”

    That rule ONLY comes into effect when going down in teh endzone or while falling out out bounds.

    While the player remains in the field of play, he can lay on his back and bat the ball around with his feet as long as the ball ends up in his hands without touching the ground.

  49. No Mike Carey fan, but he (like the Panthers) got jobbed on this one. He made the right call, the booth screwed it up. So in what is becoming SOP for the NFL, they got rid of him. I’m surprised they let Nance & Sims continue, since they agreed with him.

  50. The ruling would not have been overturned no matter what was called on the field. It was called incomplete because officials thought it hit the ground. With all of the differant replay angles there was still a small portion of the ball that you could not see. Even though his hand was under the ball it is still possible for the nose to have hit the grass. It is very likely that the ball did not make contact with the ground but with the angles provided you can’t tell for sure. You can’t overturn the call without 100% certainty. Per the rules they were right in maintaining the original call.

  51. I’m not a big Mike Carey fan, but tough deal for him last night. He got the challenge correct, and the officials on the field got it wrong, because the ball did NOT in fact touch the ground at any point during the catch.

  52. Not specific to that call but the fact that Carey’s calls often disagree with the official ruling doesn’t mean Carey was the one that was wrong. At least he’s not a Pereira…uh I mean pointless rubber stamp. How is it that we all bemoan the state of officiating but rag on the guy that publicly disagrees with them the most?

  53. Giving Clete Blakeman this game after the horrible job he and his crew did the Green Bay – Arizona game was a slap to NFL fans everywhere. They need to start holding refs accountable for their actions, not rewarding them with Superbowls for making mistakes. Last nights game was poorly officiated, but anybody who pays attention to the NFL at all knew that was going to be the case as soon as they announced Blakeman was the ref.

  54. “But the ruling on the field was upheld, because the ball did hit the ground and because there was no indisputable visual evidence that the ruling on the field of the ball moving too much upon hitting the ground was incorrect.”

    ……………………………………………………………

    If this is correct & the ball DID hit the ground (it didn’t), then there is no reason for “and”. Your argument should stop there. But…since it didn’t, you need to stretch it to another reason.
    3-0 at that point, and I knew it was over.

  55. I noticed that a panther that wasn’t on the field pushed the bronco defender after he tackled Cam. In most cases that’s a personal foul. I guess all of you experts only want to see one side. I do agree officiating was rough. It reminded me of the last bronco Super Bowl when Seatle held the wide receivers all game long

  56. Did not miss him one bit.
    Always thought adding ex-officials into the booth was just more of a waste of time.

  57. The point of the ball touched the ground before receiver rolled over. Carey has been wrong all season. IMO, the NFL wanted these “rules experts” in the booth to be an allies to the game officials. But it backfired horrifically because of incompetence on both sides.

    P.S.

    Please do not add “kicking expert” as part of broadcast next year. It adds zero to the game. What’s next? An “equipment expert”? He can tell us why players shoe came untied

  58. The NFL yanked him because he was making their officials look bad (like it’s hard). That was an obvious catch and it was a spineless call by Clete. Dude deserves a clete to the side of the head. I’ve never seen so many offensive holding calls get missed. Guess it didn’t matter though. Denver defense is just too good.

  59. The ball didn’t hit the ground. Replay showed his thumb was under the tip of the ball and his hand under it before that.

    I fail to see the point of replay if calls like that can’t be overturned and that it has to be so obvious that there shouldn’t have even been a need for the replay in the first place.

    Oh and why did the booth review Anderson’s TD? He was clearly over before a knee hit the ground so I fail to see why they reviewed that other than to waste more time in an already long game.

  60. The problem with Mike Carey is his past, not the call yesterday.

    He was correct. The ball, at the time of going to the ground, was in Cotchery’s control. It can touch the ground of in control. As he landed and twisted, the ball moved around. But it didn’t move because of contact with the ground.

    That call should’ve been overturned. Carey has not generally been good. And maybe he should go. But that call, last night, was correct by him…

  61. The scary part is the Carey was one of the most respected and well thought of referees in the league. If he is this bad, what does it say for the others.

    To another point- If anyone thinks the referees decided that game last night, you simply don’t know what you are talking about.

  62. He got that call wrong, but almost everyone agreed with him. I was live-tweeting and I saw the reactions from PFT staff, all the major ESPN, CBS, Fox football writers/commentators, etc. And almost everyone who had an opinion agreed with Carey’s opinion.

  63. First of all, no dog in this fight.

    But the NFL has made a total hash out of the rule book and it will be the death of them unless they clean house and fix things. We can start with Blandino, by the way.

    Why not simplify things this way: By default every pass play results in a completion unless there is clear evidence that ball was not caught. The default is completion. Done. We are no longer arguiing over fuzzy video imagery of fractions of an inch on fast moving action. Unless it is totally clear that the receiver failed to make the catch, it’s a completion.

    For me, it was easy to see that the hand was beneath the ball the first chance the ball had to contact ground before being secured (as seen on the side replay) and the ball was pulled back up well before it had a chance to touch the ground again, as seen via the end-zone replay. With no clear evidence of a drop, the rule is completion. And if the refs on the field act that way, less challenges and better game pace.

    Then, we can all move on to the next thing from yesterday. Which is how it was that there were so many times Denver lined up in the neutral zone and/or jumped the snap and were not called, and how many times the Carolina offensive line started back-pedaling before the snap and were not called? A few calls were made, but those were a mere fraction of the times those two lines were in violation. Considering how important the Denver D line versus Carolina O line were to the outcome of the game, one would think that the refs would be paying attention there and keeping those sides honest. Too bad Mike Carey wasn’t around to comment on that.

  64. That was not a catch. At the very least it is hard to turn over the call on the field. The nose appears to touch the ground, and then he bobbles it. Incomplete pass, end of story.

    I will say 2 of the Cam throws OOB should have been called Intentional Grounding.

  65. I care not about a formal officials opinion on a call on the field or instant replay.
    They always take the refs side anyway so their opinion is always predictable.

  66. I was just thankful for not having to listen to Joe Buck & Troy Aikmann yesterday. CBS is awful, but anything is better than listening to those two clowns.

  67. slick50ks says:
    Feb 8, 2016 11:55 AM

    This league is as phony as a three dollar bill. The integrity of this once great game is in the rear view mirror. I’ll be sitting back watching it’s demise.

    Thank god the only sport that matters is about to fire up again. Thank you MLB, where the players themselves are the cheaters, not the league itself.
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    I was about to agree with you until I remembered something about the St Louis Cardinals hacking into the Astros data base and to the best of my knowledge not a dang thing was ever done about it. It’s clear that leagues pick and choose who to go after and who to look the other way for. I’d like to think this is a recent phenomenon but unfortunately it’s probably been this way all along.

  68. Carey is a joke. Thankfully I don’t watch many games on that network. When I do he always seems to be incorrect with his opinions.

  69. I really do kind of chuckle over some of the ‘absolute’ comments. I had no rooting interest in the game and I honestly could not tell from the replays whether the ball touched the ground. They just never provided a close enough, really zoomed in shot. Yet many fans are saying it did or it didn’t touch the ground based on the replays shown.

    I think – if we’re honest with ourselves – is that it may have looked a certain way, but there was no definitive proof and that’s what you need to overturn the call on the field.

  70. imodan says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:46 PM

    I was about to agree with you until I remembered something about the St Louis Cardinals hacking into the Astros data base and to the best of my knowledge not a dang thing was ever done about it.
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    If I recall correctly, official MLB sanctions against STL are still expected to happen. It’s just that they have not been finalized yet as the FBI and trial information had to come first, and that only just happened 1 month ago now. But, yeah, because Correa confessed to having told other STL front office people of what he had found, thus others knew what he was doing, it will be interesting to see how touch MLB chooses to sanction a most-favored franchise.

  71. Isn’t this the guy who refused to do Redskins games because of the name?

    Makes you wonder if this man was ever competent to officiate pro football.

  72. I am a fan of neither team, but I thought that was a catch. The other play the refs got wrong that I think could have helped the Panthers was on their missed field goal. Talib is clearly off sides. If that is called that is five additional yards and another chance. 3 Points there makes a difference for the Panthers. I am not saying it would have changed the out come of the game, but it was an obvious miss by the refs.

  73. 6250claimer says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:44 PM
    I was just thankful for not having to listen to Joe Buck & Troy Aikmann yesterday. CBS is awful, but anything is better than listening to those two clowns.

    Should have just hit the SAP button on your remote. Better than all clowns that do these games on all networks.

  74. Did anyone else think they missed the personal foul/hands to the face of Cam Newton on Von Miller’s strip sack? It looked like it in real-time then CBS conveniently never mentioned it or gave us a good close-up of it. That play essentially was the ballgame.

  75. The fact that many believe the ball did hit the ground and many others believe it didn’t, means that the play should stand as called. Isn’t the basis for any overturn supposed to be indisputable video evidence? That play should have stood even if it were initially ruled a catch. In my opinion the league has botched several replay reviews over the last few years because they change calls that are reasonably disputed. The overturn concept is for the replay to PROVE the call was wrong, not to provide an argument that MAYBE it was wrong. Proof = overturn; maybe = play stands as originally called.

  76. crackersnap says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:55 PM

    imodan says:
    Feb 8, 2016 12:46 PM

    I was about to agree with you until I remembered something about the St Louis Cardinals hacking into the Astros data base and to the best of my knowledge not a dang thing was ever done about it.
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    If I recall correctly, official MLB sanctions against STL are still expected to happen. It’s just that they have not been finalized yet as the FBI and trial information had to come first, and that only just happened 1 month ago now. But, yeah, because Correa confessed to having told other STL front office people of what he had found, thus others knew what he was doing, it will be interesting to see how touch MLB chooses to sanction a most-favored franchise.
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    Thank you.

  77. Did Clete actually make the call on the replay or did the “order” come straight from 345 Park Avenue? Given the fact that Blandino spent most of the night explaining the decision on Twitter, I think he had something to do with it (and thus helping push the league’s preferred outcome).

  78. Jim Carey would make a better ref than this guy. I’ve grown tired of him messing up obvious calls throughout the history of his career. How he ever became an on-air analyst is beyond me. Hey Carey…1980 wants their mustache back!

  79. The ball is allowed to “touch”the ground as long as the receiver controls it. WHICH HE DID

    Ummm, wrong. In the words of George Costanza… ” I think it moved”

  80. In my living room, with several Bronco fans in attendance (not me, but there were several there), we all thought it was a catch with no dispute at all. But, whenever a play goes to review I always say that I won’t be surprised no matter what the ref comes back with. Sometimes I just think that they should get rid of replay reviews and go back to making calls and just living with it.

  81. Why are you taking blandino’s explanation as gospel. Either it hit the ground or it was inconclusive, but not both. And I haven’t found a single person in 2 days who thinks that was incomplete.

  82. I don’t understand how everyone bashes Carey when most of the time he’s only “wrong” because Blandino, who has never officiated a game, makes his own erroneous interpretations. Just because Carey doesn’t agree with the self appointed inventor of football doesn’t mean he’s wrong.

  83. What happened to Carey? He is terrible and provides nothing. CBS pulled the plug, rightfully.

    He also happened to get most of the calls wrong this year, which looks bad for him, CBS, and the NFL considering he was one of their top officials.

  84. When he caught the ball and went to the ground, yes, his hand was under the ball. But, though his elbow blocks the view, it’s apparent that, as he slides forward with his hand under the ball, the ball tilts forward and the front nose/tip area hits the ground. No catch. Sorry, Panthers fans.

  85. No catch. Ball contacted the ground right after he got his hand under it. If you don’t believe me, watch Mike Pereira declare why it was correctly called incomplete and also criticized the CBS coverage of the play/replay on Colin Cowherd show. They show a still image highlighting the ball in contact with the ground – no catch.

  86. And anyone who thinks the ball CAN touch the ground as long as the ball remains under control, it DIDN’T remain under control after it touched the ground, it came loose again after that. No catch.

  87. He was right in this case, frequently wrong throughout the regular season – but what’s the point of having someone as “expert” if you are afraid of letting him put his opinions out there?

  88. Carey was wrong, CBS was wrong, the NFL officials were right. And I have reason to hate the NFL officials dating back to 1976…I wrote a letter to the NFL complaining about the officiating and received a reply letter signed by Art McNally explaining that they had missed a call, but they can only call what they see…but I digress.

  89. lscottman3 says:
    Feb 8, 2016 10:37 AM
    I’m still wondering how he missed two blatant holds against the Giants during the tyree catch
    ————————-

    A Pats*e fan should never bring up uncalled-holds on O-linemen in any forum, ever.

  90. The ball is allowed to hit the ground. In this case the receiver had his hand between the ball and the ground and he maintained control. The ball is allowed to move also if the player maintains control or else I have been watching some other league this year.

  91. brainsmasher66 says:
    Feb 10, 2016 2:09 PM
    The ball is allowed to hit the ground. In this case the receiver had his hand between the ball and the ground and he maintained control. The ball is allowed to move also if the player maintains control or else I have been watching some other league this year.
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    He maintained control after the ball touched the ground…? You mean that ball that danced around his stomach area after he rolled back over while he tried to get it back under control ? The ball came loose after it touched the ground = no catch…

  92. The NFL is doing a good job at making me sick and tired of the NFL

    Definitely it was a catch and there was enough to overturn. The little edges the NFL gives certain teams at times to prop up who they think makes them the most money and notoriety. Barf…..hack …cough… I need to lie down….

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