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    Saw this on another board:

    Corrente “interferes” with offenses

    For those who pay close attention to officials, there is a disturbing trend going on with the crew led by Tony Corrente. The crew seems hell-bent on rewriting the rules on pass interference. In particular, Corrente & Co. have fallen in love with the idea of seeking out offensive pass interference situations.

    In two games over the past three weeks, Corrente’s crew has called three offensive pass interferences (OPI’s), a somewhat rare call in the spectrum fouls. On Monday night in the Houston-Indianapolis game, the Corrente crew called an absurd OPI on Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez(notes). It was so bad that ESPN game analysts Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden were practically dumbfounded.

    In the game earlier this season between the New York Jets and Broncos, the Corrente crew made two OPI calls. They also made a bad pass interference call against Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie(notes), a questionable defensive holding call against Drew Coleman(notes) and an awful personal foul call against safety Jim Leonhard(notes) on a sideline hit.

    How bad was the Leonhard call? Here’s perspective: It came in the same week that James Harrison(notes) was fined $75,000 and both Brandon Meriweather(notes) and Dunta Robinson(notes) were fined $50,000. In other words, with the NFL willing to throw out fines like Halloween candy, Leonhard wasn’t docked a dime from his paycheck.

    The greater point to all of this is that NFL teams are noticing the huge gap between Corrente and the rest of the officiating crews. The situation has become so obvious that sources from three teams claim they run specific practice drills the week before playing in games where they know Corrente’s group will be working.

    This is not good for the games. While there will always be subtle differences between officials because they are, after all, human, there shouldn’t be a gap in the way they do their job.

    To put it another way (and use a baseball example): It’s one thing to interpret a strike as starting at the top of the letters or the bottom of the letters. It’s another thing to say the strike zone starts at the shoulders. Right now, that’s what Corrente’s crew is doing.

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    "The situation has become so obvious that sources from three teams claim they run specific practice drills the week before playing in games where they know Corrente’s group will be working."
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    It would be nice--just as we hear about player fines and suspensions--to hear about officials reprimanded, especially what the NFL said to the Corrente crew after the Steeler game.

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    It would be great to see the cock-slurpers at ESPN take a break from the Childress/Favre, Colts/Pats, Phil Rivers-type headlines and take a closer look at the officiating in Sunday's game... I cant believe there was no mention of it during all of the highlights I've watched...

    They are quick to show when a player is "guilty" -hence Seymore, Silverback, and the rest... But they remain mute when it comes to the refs blowing several calls in one game, especially when the blown calls take points off of the board
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    It would be great to see the cock-slurpers at ESPN take a break from the Childress/Favre, Colts/Pats, Phil Rivers-type headlines and take a closer look at the officiating in Sunday's game... I cant believe there was no mention of it during all of the highlights I've watched...

    They are quick to show when a player is "guilty" -hence Seymore, Silverback, and the rest... But they remain mute when it comes to the refs blowing several calls in one game, especially when the blown calls take points off of the board
    Its to bad it wasn't a "slow news week "and they might have looked at it , but espn is kinda like cnn scared *****es

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    The NFL pays ESPN too much money for them to bring this up as a major issue. Just remember also for those *****ing about the refs in our game where one was from Washington (can’t remember which), Corrente is from northern CA.

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    Corrente is from northern CA.
    Yeah, I think that this has been played out before...methinks it was the Miami game, when the official was pegged as a Pittsburgh native? Right?

    Either way, you are absolutely correct, ESPN is in bed with the NFL...so any stories that involve horrible officiating will never be featured, regardless of the facts! It's a **** shame! I would like to see one of the mediots come out and mention it though?
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    It seems that the other stories/dramas of the NFL's pet teams are over-riding an issue that should be discussed!?...

    I like it though... it gives our guys a "me against the world" -type mentality...which I hope results in efforts similar to what we saw on sunday!
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    It would be nice--just as we hear about player fines and suspensions--to hear about officials reprimanded, especially what the NFL said to the Corrente crew after the Steeler game.
    My brother in law, that lives in the Burgh, works for the NFL. He started way back when they first introduced replay and ran the equipment for the league at Steeler home games. Over the years he has advanced with the NFL in his position and now oversees the individual in the booth. Each crew, both on the field and in the booth, get graded every week on their performance and teams that end up with the best grades get playoff games and the SB. So they are looked at every week (the crews).

    Plus we know that the the league has pepole watching every game on Sunday from NY City. Wonder what their thoughts were Sunday watching all the flags fly in Pittsburgh? They had to notice.

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    Between the refereeing, Ray Anderson's ridiculous babble every time he speaks and Roger Goodell's meddling in the game it's almost as if this season isn't really being played. The focus by the fans has been more on who gets fined, why this hit and not that hit, "he fell on him with his full weight" (no **** Sherlock he was tackling him), the players are clearly thinking rather than playing (particularly defenses) and the potential lockout it just feels like the NFL is playing out the season.

    These things are correctable, but many changes need to be made and it needs to start with the owners. The NFL exists because of them, not in spite of them, they need to take their game back from the executives in New York and start to play football again. Like any great empire in history the demise of the empire always begins from within, never form an external force. The NFL is deteriorating from within right now and gathering speed; let's see what happens.

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