Gene Steratore will referee the Super Bowl

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We don’t know which teams will be playing in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4, but we do know who will be running the officiating crew.

The NFL announced on Wednesday that Gene Steratore will be the referee for Super Bowl LII. It’s the first time that Steratore, who has been a referee since 2006, has been selected to work the game. His older brother Tony has worked two Super Bowls as a back judge.

Steratore was involved in one of the oddest officiating moments of the year when he broke out an index card as part of his process for measuring a first down during a December game between the Cowboys and Raiders. The league said there is no rule barring officials from using a card that way, but head of officiating Alberto Riveron later said that referees have been told not to do it again.

The rest of the crew will be made up of umpire Roy Ellison, down judge Jerry Bergman, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Tom Hill, side judge Scott Edwards and back judge Perry Paganelli. Bergman joins Steratore as first-timers at the Super Bowl.

75 responses to “Gene Steratore will referee the Super Bowl

  1. I love Gene Steratore. I really enjoyed the MMQB column following his refereeing team a few years ago, and I really appreciate his refereeing style in the game, his command of the rules, the teams, situations and his ability to clearly indicate the legislation. I always feel like Gene (and his crew, though as a playoff game this will be one of those horrible All Star crews) will always be fair. He’s not perfect, but he respects the game.

  2. something something index card joke. something something will probably give the pats good calls

  3. That is Great news. Steratore in my opinion, is by far the most credible, fairest, and most knowledgeable official in the NFL today. The majority of the others are a disgrace——-

  4. Why exactly shouldn’t they be allowed to use an index card? I think it was very clever and appropriate. DelRio was just upset at the smirk because JDR was a dead man walking at that point.

    Lighten up, your getting paid to do nothing for the next 3 years!

  5. LSUStrong says:
    January 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm
    Uh oh, Steratore was responsible for the Calvin Johnson rule and for the Dez Bryant non-catch.
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    What do you mean “uh oh?” They were both correct calls. Still are.

  6. He was the referee of the Vikings-Saints game this past Sunday, which I think was easily the best-officiated game that I’ve watched this year in the playoffs.

  7. Wonder if this Pittsburgh area guy would have gotten the posting if the Steelers were still in it. I pass his business everyday. . Steratore Sanitation Supply in Washington, PA, where Roger Goodell went to school at Washington & Jefferson College.

  8. It’s not officials job to actually, you know officiate. There job is to keep games as close as possible for better ratings which = more money for the NFL. The NFL is rigged now.

  9. There will be more PI calls in the history of Super Bowls ,,this game will suck because of him

  10. Other than the Calvin/Dez catch situations. (Which I think is due to a problem of the rulebook not being black and white) I think Gene is actually one of the better officials in the NFL.

    Lets face it. In a league full of crap officiating. (Triplette, Boger, Moreli, Anderson)
    Gene is one of the better ones. Hochuli is pretty good too, even though he gets a lot of crap talked about him.

    In the NFL I don’t know if you can find much better than Gene, Ed and Tony Corrente. Just my personal opinion, but I feel like those are the only 3 that actually know the rule book and it’s terribly worded and bad rules.

  11. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    January 17, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    There will be more PI calls in the history of Super Bowls ,,this game will suck because of him

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    There was one iffy call in the Saints-Vikings game.

    I’ll take that over the “we’re just not going to officiate in the secondary” approach the Steelers-Jaguars crew took.

  12. Unfortunate. This is an official crew that is notorious for influencing games. One team will benefit the other will be playing against 18 opponents.

  13. He should have been suspended after that stunt with the index card,for the rest of the season!! Not only was it an unofficial way to “confirm” a first down,but he just flat out got the call wrong also. And yet he is rewarded with a Super Bowl gig. Does the NFL really want a referee who makes things up as he goes in charge of what is supposed to be the biggest game of the year?

  14. Just another reason not to watch this year. I will be one of the 23 million viewers who the NFL has lost due to crappy product and activism

  15. Nothing like feeding a “super” sized ego by handing Gene Steratore the Super Bowl officiating duties.

    Where game officials should operate without drawing attention to themselves, this clown will find a way to reverse the trend.

    Why aren’t I surprised? …

  16. One iffy call? The first half was terrible for the officials in the Saints-Vikings game, including giving the Vikings a first down when the guy was clearly short by a yard. Aikman, Buck, and Mike Pereira were all complaining about the poor officiating.

  17. I like people complain that there will be more OPI/DPI calls with Steratore reffing. As if a referee has anything to do with passes down the field. His eyes are in the backfield and with QB responsibility. Most refs have to be relayed the results of the play when it’s downfield because they have no idea.

  18. silverandblack052099 says:
    January 17, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    He should have been suspended after that stunt with the index card,for the rest of the season!! Not only was it an unofficial way to “confirm” a first down,but he just flat out got the call wrong also. And yet he is rewarded with a Super Bowl gig. Does the NFL really want a referee who makes things up as he goes in charge of what is supposed to be the biggest game of the year?

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    For one thing, he knew it was a first down before the card was brought out. He knew it was a first down before they measured, actually.

    It’s officiating 101. The drive started with a punt out of bounds, spotted at the 30. They spotted the ball exactly at the 30, not a few inches away. So they knew based on the spot after the 4th down play that if any part of the ball was touching the 40 yard line on the field, it was a first down. They got the play right, with a little bit of showmanship, and the NFL said don’t do it again due to fan reaction.

  19. mroklahoma says:
    January 17, 2018 at 6:27 pm
    Just another reason not to watch this year. I will be one of the 23 million viewers who the NFL has lost due to crappy product and activism
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    And the NFL will miss you ZERO.

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    dg0122 says:

    January 17, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Man I hope it doesn’t go to his head…he may develop an ego problem

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    You’re being sarcastic right? He is the most self-important, arrogant referee in NFL. He acts like he is the most important person on the field.

  21. 23 million? Where u pulling those numbers from? I saw there was a 23 percent decline. Not 23 million. With more and more people streaming games and using oither ways to watch programming the landscape has change. NFL ratings were down 10 percent this year while primetime tv ratings were down 13 percent. Is tv failing then? In the most recent poll of Americas favorite sport 37 percent said NFL while NBA came in second at 11 percent. As a matter of fact MLB was at 9 pro soccer at 7 and no at 6 percent. So the next 4 combined don’t touch the NFL.

  22. and to top it off, the card was folded multiple times and so thick of course it appeared like it was a first down. this ref is crooked

  23. jackedupboonie says:

    This guy…….has hosed the Seahawks so many times. Why did I even check these headlines. Just seeing his name makes Seahawk fans lose their minds.
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    Steratorre and Hochuli. The worst.

  24. “Do you know me?…The….card. Don’t ref a game without it”.

    LSUStrong says:
    January 17, 2018 at 5:25 pm
    Great opportunity for MasterCard to create a SB commercial showing the ref using their card to measure for a first down

  25. can you imagine if the ball is maybe a foot and a half short when they stretch the chain? i looked it up. there are about 140 cards to make a thickness of an inch, so a foot and a half, u would need 2,520 index cards…whoooo-eeeee! thats a lot of cards!

  26. silverandblack052099 says:
    January 17, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    @hbk314,

    Actually, it wasn’t a first down, the ball was clearly short of the marker when they measured, so no, actually, he didnt “already know” it was a first down.

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    I have no response other than to say that you’re wrong. You can clearly see on video that the ball reaches the painted 40 yard line on the field, just barely, as well as being even with part of the stick.

  27. What, no Ed Hock A Lugey or Jeff Tripup? If this guy is so good, how come he hasn’t ref’d a SB already?

  28. illumination666 says:
    January 17, 2018 at 5:28 pm
    Well that guarantees a Patriots victory I guess (If they make it). Gene is easily bought.

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    Translation: “Of course the Pats will win. They are simply more talented, better coached and focused more than any other team”

  29. Steratore and crew usually throws a lot of laundry. And a lot of them are ticky tack calls if I don’t mind saying so. I’d hate to see that in a Super Bowl.
    Especially after all the regular comments that criticize officiating playing a big role in an outcome. Let’em play !

  30. TheCommish says:
    January 17, 2018 at 8:24 pm
    I’m sure he’s already working on fake penalties to benefit the Patriots.
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    I'm not so sure they'll be in it. Not 100%. That Jax defense looks lethal. If they can match up to NE's OLine, it could be a stunner.

  31. Vegas should have a bet line on which will take longer: The number of booth reviews or the halftime show

    Too bad Janet Jackson wasn’t asked to join Justin Timberlake for the halftime show….

  32. CheeseisGoodforYou! says:
    January 17, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Steratore and crew usually throws a lot of laundry. And a lot of them are ticky tack calls if I don’t mind saying so. I’d hate to see that in a Super Bowl.
    Especially after all the regular comments that criticize officiating playing a big role in an outcome. Let’em play !

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    As someone who’s probably been overly critical of the officiating this postseason, I believe the Vikings-Saints game that Steratore was the referee for this past Sunday was the best officiated game of the playoffs.

    Throwing flags isn’t automatically a bad thing. There’s a difference between letting them play and letting them get away with too much. The officials in the Jags-Steelers game finally threw a pass interference flag, and all it took was a Jags defender pulling Brown’s jersey off his back for 25 yards. That’s terrible and I’d much rather see a crew make consistent calls like Steratore’s crew did in the next game. There was one iffy call in there, but otherwise solid and consistent for both teams.

    Keep in mind this will be a totally different crew from the Vikings-Saints game. It’s still an “all-star” crew like every other playoff crew. I hope they can officiate at the level and consistency of the crew that did Vikings-Saints game.

  33. In another oddity, after reffing the Vikings/Saints game, he was one of the refs at the college basketball game for the Minnesota Gophers vs Penn State on Monday night.

  34. ackedupboonie says:
    January 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm
    This guy…….has hosed the Seahawks so many times. Why did I even check these headlines. Just seeing his name makes Seahawk fans lose their minds.

    Why are you concerned? Last time I checked, you weren’t going to the SB.

  35. Perfect referee for the Vikings-Jags Superbowl. The people trashing him or claiming they won’t watch are just salty Steelers fans.

  36. This guy’s nickname, shortly after the Calvin Johnson non-catch became Gene STEELERtore when he ruled a Roethlisberger fumble over the goal line was not a fumble and somehow got away with his explanation even after replay ruled he had. He was able to explain why it wasn’t a fumble after the replay official said to reverse the call. Fans were furious.

    What made it funny is the fact this bum is from Pittsburgh!

  37. If he is considered the “best of the best” then that is a sad indictment on the state of officiating in todays game…

  38. This guy…….has hosed the Seahawks so many times. Why did I even check these headlines. Just seeing his name makes Seahawk fans lose their minds…alas, poor, poor Seahag fan…losers whine…

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