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Monday, January 21, 2008

Mike Carey... Super Bowl XLII Referee

NFL.com is reporting that for the first time in history, there will be an african american heading the officiating crew for a Super Bowl.

Mike Carey was notified today that he has been given the assignment of a lifetime on February 3rd, 2008.

In the NFL.com report, it says the officials for the Super Bowl are chosen on merit, with the highest ranked at each position getting the assignment.

Over at refchat, they have analyzed Carey's stats for the season:

In the regular season, Mike was a good referee for visiting teams. Home teams only won 40% of their games with Mike's crew, which was second-worst of the 17 referee crews.

Mike was 6th (of 17) in total points scored per game (45.0), 4th in visitors' points (23.5) and 12th in home team points (21.5).

Mike was middle of the pack (9th) in penalties per game at 11.8. Ranked 10th in penalty yards per game (90 yards per game). Ranked near the bottom (14th) in average penalty yards per penalty at 7.6. Mike was tied for the highest in the percent of his games where the visiting team had more penalties called than the home team (70%). He is not the only referee where most games had more penalties called against the visiting team yet the visiting teams did well in his games. The same quality of usually more penalties called against the visiting teams yet the visiting teams nevertheless usually winning the games also applied to Ron Winter this year.

Well, we know there are no "home" or "away" teams in the Super Bowl so those stats shouldn't mean too much in Arizona. The stat that stood out to me was the fact that Mike and crew averaged only 11.9 penalties per game - couple that with the fact that the Giants and Pats are averaging a combined 8.7 penalties per game in the playoffs and we're looking at a possible low number of penalties for the Super Bowl. In my opinion, that's a good thing.

As I have mentioned before, Carey is one of my favorite officials, and I think he does a fairly good job on the games that I have seen him officiate. However, every official can have bad games and of course they need to have a good team behind them as well. As we saw just 2 years ago when the Seahawks played the Steelers, just because you may have had the best merit's during the regular season, doesn't mean you will call a great game during the Super Bowl.

Carey has been a Super Bowl alternate many times, but has never been the referee.

13 comments:

- b said...

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

MileHigh said...

Good for Mike. He does a good job.
But this is interesting: Last year's Super Bowl referee, Tony Corrente, did not get one playoff game this year.

raidereno said...

Pretty sad for the United States of America when it takes a headline for this to make the news in 2008! I guess some things will never change.

Anonymous said...

hmm... something stinks here, because he already has called a playoff game this year, in years past, a crew only called 1 playoff game/year and were not re-used that playoff season. chosen on merit my ass. He called NE/NYG in week 17. If there's no conspiracy, why hasn't Walt "Tuck U" Coleman called a Raider game since 1-19-02 (snow job game), yet has called 8 Patriots games in that same time?!

Anonymous said...

oh, yeah, this will be Carey's 3rd NE game this year (@ Dal, @ NYG, and now NYG in SB XLII)

Henry said...

Wow, are you kidding me? This has been the first African-American ref in the SB? I guess I've never paid attn. before but that's messed up. Wow, the things we take for granted about equality.

Riggs said...

Do you guys still believe in the conspiracy theory?

Anonymous said...

The person chosen to referee the Super Bowl typically will do a Wild Card game. Otherwise, all but 6 referees will do a playoff game, meaning a substandard official will be in the playoffs.

However, this year, the Wild Card game crews were the same as in the regular season: after that, it's on merit

Anonymous said...

He is now known as one of the officials whose blunder "created" the play SB XLII will be known for. Can't sack the QB if 2 lineman have the opposing players held by the face mask. How can you miss 2 facemasks on the same play, from 2 different players? This country needs to do away with EEO & put the most qualified people out there, not base it on color or gender. Add SB XLII to the disgrace of SB XL.

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