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Is Jerome Boger a Titans Fan?

by mike on November 25, 2009

It sure looked like it at the end of the Monday Night Game this week. I can’t really explain what Jerome Boger was thinking when he high-fived Vince Young at the end of the game. Referees are supposed to be impartial, and although we see them talking to players every week, or smiling, this type of obvious gesture surely can’t be appreciated by the league.

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I know it’s “guy code” to not leave a guy hanging, but under no circumstance should Boger have done this. He has to maintain his professionalism in this situation, fold his arms, and let Young go on his way.

If Chad Ochocinco is going to get fined for a $1 bribe (which he claims was a joke) then certainly Jerome Boger should have to pay a price for this gesture, shouldn’t he?

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Kyle November 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

NFL said NO!

NFL says ref didn’t give Vince Young a high five
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 25, 2009 10:18 AM ET
After the Tennessee Titans beat the Houston Texans on Monday night, Titans quarterback Vince Young appeared to exchange a high five with referee Jerome Boger.

The league says that’s not what happened.

After the apparent high five became a topic of conversation on sports talk radio and on ESPN, the Houston Chronicle called the league to ask about it. And the league said there was no high five.

“It was not Jerome Boger’s intent to exchange a high-five with the player,” a league spokesman told the paper. “As Vince Young took a knee on the game’s final play, Jerome Boger jogged in with his right arm in the air to signify the play was over. That is the proper administrative signal for the referee.

“As Young turned around, he saw Boger approaching the line of scrimmage with his arm raised. As Boger moved toward the line of scrimmage, he started to bring his arm down. However, before he lowered his arm, Young, moving towards the referee, raised his own arm and the two exchanged what appeared to be a quick high-five.”

So just because their hands were raised and their palms made contact, that does not constitute, in the official opinion of the NFL, a high five.

Dan November 25, 2009 at 11:09 am

It sure looked like Boger and his crew were Titans fans on Monday night based on some of the calls and non-calls that they made in the game.

mike November 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

Let’s assume that what the NFL is saying is correct then Kyle. Then should Vince young be fined for touching the official?

Jan November 25, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Not only should Young by fined,bbut so should Jerome
Jan

Kyle November 25, 2009 at 11:50 am

What about the situation with Pete Morelli & Brett Favre. Favre did the same thing with Morelli.

Ryan November 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I thought the officiating Monday night was really good and was impartial. I dislike both of those teams and as a Official in a high school league I believe all the appropriate calls were made in watching the game. Kyle is right about the appropriate signaling for a dead ball or end of play. If Jerome Boger who I believe is by far one of the most consistent officials in the NFL believed that Vince Young was out of line he could have given him an unsportsmanlike conduct or in his end of game report could of noted that incident for the league to further investigate. I really don’t see why this is such a big issue.

mike November 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I just had the chance to watch the replays over again on ESPN. While Boger does initially have his hand up to signal the end or play, you can clearly see it start to come down. Then as Vince Young walks by with his hand raised, Boger raises his hand up again.

It obviously didn’t do anything to the game, but in the era of sports scandals, the NBA referee issues, this should be frowned upon.

I didn’t see or hear about the Favre/Morelli issue.

Mike November 25, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Ryan November 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm
I thought the officiating Monday night was really good and was impartial

Really? How about a horsecollar that was not a horsecollar on the Titans final drive? That was a huge call. How about a nasty chippy game and one team gets called for 3 personal fouls, and the other none? Not saying the officials cost the Texans the game, but still, this raises some concerns, especially since Bogar should have overruled the horsecollar since he was right behind the play.

Jan November 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I understand and agree with you.
Jan

Todd November 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I’ll bet Jerome would like to take it back if given the chance.

Vickie December 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I’m not real sure just where the referees were found but this year has been the worst year ever that a referee has ever been on the football field. Take for instance the Giants & Cowboys game today. When Manning threw the ball to Jacobs (74 yard td run) there was holding all the way down the field by the Giants (of course the referree standing right in front of them could not see it – but of course we know how honest referees are). Then just about every play Romo is hit, driven to the ground, thrown to the ground (if you don’t believe me look at the replays), but no penalties called. Roy Williams is grabbed by the defender and spun around – no penalty even though it was pass intereference. Come on – if the referees are going to assist a team – at least be smart about it and try to make it look like an honest mistake. It is not just the Cowboy games they have made such bad calls (it is all of the games). My husband is BCA Referee (hell I’m a BCA Referee) and if our performace was as bad as the performance by the NFL referees this year – we would b fired.
I have been a dedicated football fan just about my entire life – but if I ever quit watching it will be because of the inefficiency of the most ignorant, disorganized, and quite frankly stupid bunch of men ever placed in striped shirt on the football field.

Bill Mize December 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm

I too officiate High Shool sports ( Baseball ,Basketball, and Football), in saying that I will say I have learned the difference in the HS,College, and Pro rules of each sport. I will not use the camera angle of the fan to try and accuse any official of wrong doing. The angle the official sees is the one the call is based on, not the perception of what the camera shows. I as well as any official ever would be stating a falsehood should they state they never missed a call. I don’t like the tuck rule, but it is there so it should be officiated. The 1 rule I see overlooked is assisting the runner( ball carrier ).

Bill December 24, 2009 at 1:05 pm

I too officiate High Shool sports ( Baseball ,Basketball, and Football), in saying that I will say I have learned the difference in the HS,College, and Pro rules of each sport. I will not use the camera angle of the fan to try and accuse any official of wrong doing. The angle the official sees is the one the call is based on, not the perception of what the camera shows. I as well as any official ever would be stating a falsehood should they state they never missed a call. I don’t like the tuck rule, but it is there so it should be officiated. The 1 rule I see overlooked is assisting the runner( ball carrier ). I would love the opportunity to officiate at that level.

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