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Week 9

SUN, NOV 6
NY Jets at Buffalo – Ed Hochuli
Seattle at Dallas – Terry McAulay
Tampa Bay at New Orleans – Carl Cheffers
Atlanta at Indianapolis – Mike Carey
Miami at Kansas City – Walt Anderson
San Francisco at Washington – Gene Steratore
Cleveland at Houston – Al Riveron
Denver at Oakland – John Parry
Cincinnati at Tennessee – Jeff Triplette
NY Giants at New England – Pete Morelli
St. Louis at Arizona - Tony Corrente’s crew, led by Ron Winter
Green Bay at San Diego – Clete Blakeman
Baltimore at Pittsburgh – Walt Coleman

MON, NOV 7
Chicago at Philadelphia – Scott Green

Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

{ 96 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark October 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Walt Anderson has the Miami/Kansas City game this week.

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Ryan October 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ed Hochuli’s crew will be in Buffalo this week. Spoke to member of his crew!

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Brian October 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Doing Chris Berman impersonation: “Hochuli?!” “In Buffalo?!” I wonder who shall get the Ravens at Steelers contest. My pre-guess at 15-1 odds is Al Riveron. I don’t know why I think this, but it seems like the kind of “out of left field just because we are the NFL and we can” thing the NFL would do.

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Shane Spencer October 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Jerome Boger has yet to referee a Monday night game this season…he is eligible for CHI @ PHI.

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Steve October 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Boger had a Monday Night game in WK #1

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Shane Spencer October 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Sorry, I forgot.

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Shane Spencer October 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Mike Carey has yet to officiate a Monday night game this season.

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James October 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Is Carey eligible for Chargers/Packers?

Russ October 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Yes, he worked the Packers in Week 3 @Bears and has yet to work the Chargers this year.

James October 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

Thanks Russ, I’m guessing the NFL will want one of its better crews to officiate this game. Since Carey is eligible, it would make sense for him to do this game, just speculation of course.

Jason October 31, 2011 at 6:20 am

Why was Mike Carey yesterday with 3 members of Blakeman’s crew and 2 guys of Hochuli’s crew? Especially since Hocholi worked yesterday. You can tell they were not comfortable working with each other. They huddled a lot during the game.

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Michael October 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

Carey worked with his regular crew. The crews listed on this site are incorrect and not updated to reflect the 2011 crews. The only change this week was since Walt Anderson’s umpire is injured, Clete Blakeman’s umpire subbed for him

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Jason October 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Thanks. The crew just looked like they were huddling after every play to figure something out. The Field Judge had a couple big late flags that continued drives for New England.

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JOE83 November 1, 2011 at 12:56 am

FYI, Al Riveron crew change Field Judge ( #3 Scott Edwards instead #33 Steve Zimmer, injured in last game) and Ron Winter crew had as Side Judge the swing side judge this season #21 Jeff Lamberth instead of # 97 Tom Hill.

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Camps in Chicago October 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Tweet from Brad Biggs of Chicago Tribune says Scott Green will handle Bears @ Eagles for MNF.

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Shane Spencer October 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Coincidentally, Scott Green was also the ref for those same two teams in Chicago the previous season.

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Joe Platania October 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

In order, including preseason, the Ravens have had:

Leavy, Steratore, Triplette, Winter, Corrente, Blakeman, Green, Carey, Steratore, Cheffers and Triplette… maybe that will help unmask the Sunday-night mystery…

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Mike October 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm

It could be Pete Morelli or Alberto Riveron

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Preth October 31, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Among others. Personally, I’m thinking Coleman or Morelli; BAL-PIT is a fierce game, and for that reason, it gets assigned to experienced officials.

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Russ October 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Probably win’t be Riveron as he did SNF in week 1.

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Shane Spencer October 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Mike Carey is eligible for TB @ NO…he has yet to work a game involving either the Bucs or the Saints.

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Pat October 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Scott Green will be Pittsburg/ Baltimore game.

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Gerry October 31, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Thought green is doing chi philly game. At least he is in Pennsylvania. LOL

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Preth October 31, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Ignore Pat, Gerry.

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John October 31, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Triplette in Tennessee

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JOE83 November 1, 2011 at 1:01 am

Hi Mickey:
After his off week, Carl Cheffers’ crew will be in the Superdome next sunday (Tampa Bay @ New Orleans, Nov. 06, 13:00 ET.

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Gerry November 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

This would be Cheffer’s first ever regular season game in New Orleans

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jc November 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Seattle @ Dallas- Terry McAulay

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/p….terry-mcaulay-2

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Kenneth November 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Steratore’s son tells me he is in Washington this weekend.

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Preth November 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

This is legit, Mickey. Thanks, Kenneth.

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BC November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Why is this such a mystery. Obviously the league would want to arrange travel plans, so why does this info trickle in like Election night exit polls…

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david November 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Las Vegas !!! That is the reason.

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JOE83 November 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm

It’s correct. Remember the NBA scandal some years ago. Befora that all the official knew their entire season, preseason inclusive.
Now they only know their next four games.

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Kenneth November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Also, in case anyone was wanting to guess around, if I’ve done everything right, this is whats is left:

CLE@HOU – JB, RW, TC, JP, AR
ATL@IND – CB, MC, WC, TC, AR, RW
DEN@OAK – JB, MC, BL, AR, JP, RW
NYG@NE- AR, JP, PM, BL
GB@SD – CB, JB, MC, TC, BL, JP, RW
STL@AZ – CB, MC, TC, BL, PM
BAL@PIT – JB, WC, PM, AR

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Jerry November 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

Riveron would be a good choice for Ravens-Steelers. By and large, his crew doesn’t throw many flags. That’s good when two physical teams line up against each other.

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Kenneth November 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

to bad his crew doesn’t even call stuff when it should be called. they’re bottom 5. awful crew.

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Joe Platania November 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

Hey, gang!

The Ravens’ organization has weighed in…
Kenneth honed it on it, and got it right! The Sunday-night referee for the latest titanic BAL-PIT clash is… drum roll… Walt Coleman!

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david November 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

Joe, I had it last week Oct. 20th and Oct. 28th in week #8 comments. First primetime game for Coleman this season.

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Brian November 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Sorry I’m late to the party this week, but I’ve been sick as hell. In any event, for what it’s worth, the flip card for Ravens at Steelers confirms what was already confirmed.

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Trey November 2, 2011 at 8:28 am

So it’s Coleman’s crew that’s going to screw the Ravens @ Pit! Over/Under 6 Offensive holding penalties against Bal.?

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AC November 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

Don’t forget the flag on the kick/punt return that’s always called in a big game at Pittsburgh. Darren Stone, Marcus Smith…who is it going to be this year? Pittsburgh, the “most physical team in the league,” never does any of that, right?

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dan November 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

cry more

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Markus November 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

Coleman is good for that game. He ll make the calls unlike Mike “look the other way” Carey… Multiple blown calls last week v. Patriots.

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Markus November 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

Question : can you take the majority of NFL games , look at the obviously blown calls and make a case that these calls changed the outcome of the game …? I know of 2 in week 8… (the 2 that I watched).

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Brian November 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

Coleman last officiated a PIT-BAL game in 2008 in Baltimore. Overturned a call at the goalline that gave Santonio Holmes a PIT TD with less than a min to play.

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Joe Platania November 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

Brian, like I said in my blog (Ravens Report at pressboxonline.com), Coleman has been involved in a few controversies. But he hasn’t had a Ravens game at all since 2009, when they walloped Denver…

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Russ November 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Desite all the negativity surrounding Coleman, from what I have seen he has had a pretty good year this year. The NFL seems to like him as well as he usually works playoff assignments.

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Mike November 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Yeah…except he always screws the Ravens. And where is Mike Carey this week?

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Kenneth November 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Will either be off, in Indy, oakland, San Diego or arizona

Kenneth November 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

which is to say, no one has publsihed it yet, so there is a list the 5 potentials.

Brian November 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

The above person is some sort of imposter. I am the true “Brian” on this site. At least the one who’s been commenting on the site the past few weeks with Steelers flip cards and sich (South Park reference).

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

It’s possible for two people to choose to visit this site with a Name of “Brian”. In any case, even if true, I don’t see why it’s such a big deal. It’s not like the first Brian claimed a false crew for the PIT-BAL game…

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

If you’re concerned, I’d use a different, more unique name – perhaps “BrianPIT”?

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Dan November 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Any word on who has the Giants/New England game?

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Nita November 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

what is the big deal about wearing throwback uniforms? some of them should be left in the attic.

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Joe Platania November 4, 2011 at 7:19 am

Nita, the throwbacks first came out when the league was celebrating its 75th anniversary in 1994. SF wore them more than most teams. Now, teams use them as a third/alternate jersey, like in England’s Premier League (soccer)… in fact, Pittsburgh is wearing them this weekend; it always seems to do that against the Ravens…

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david November 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

Joe,
Why don’t we use our throwbacks on Dec. 11th ??? Now that would be something, wouldn’t !!!

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Avi November 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

What team are you referring to when you say “we”?

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Preth November 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Confirmed:

Ron Winter is working the game in Arizona.

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Preth November 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I forgot to mention, he will be using Corrente’s entire crew.

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Russ November 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm

That’s very interesting. Is corrente hurt? That tells me this was Winter’s scheduled off week.

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SportingBecky November 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Referee Tony Corrente is fine!

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Kenneth November 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

process of elimination will put Pete Morelli in New England. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

Correct. That is the only game he is eligible for, and he won’t be off. Go ahead and add it to the list, Mickey.

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Gerry November 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This would be Morelli’s first game in New England since 2006

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Confirmed:

John Parry in Oakland.

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Therefore, Bill Leavy is either GB-SD or one of the two remaining Offs.

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

At this point, as Boger is by far the strongest candidate to have one of the remaining Offs, I will assume as such until proven otherwise.

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Kenneth November 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Presumably we can say that there is only 1 off left. Boger most likely, and Winter. I think Mike Carey will be the 5th off

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Gerry November 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hochuli’s first game in Buffalo since 2006

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Kenneth November 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Of course no one wants to speculate, but if Boger is off, as widely assumed, that puts Riveron in Houston, Blakeman in Indy and either Leavy or Carey in SD, with the other one off

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Riveron can be in Indy. Blakeman can be in Houston. (Blakeman probably won’t be in Houston, but it’s possible.)

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Kenneth November 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

blakeman worked in Houston already, in week 4.

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Preth November 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

There’s no rule against working two home games for a team. One of several 2010 examples: Steratore worked Bengals home games in weeks 2 and 16.

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John 2 November 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

Preth –

I think we’re one week too soon for Blakeman to be eligible for ANY Texan game.

Preth November 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

No. He’s eligible. It’s not a likely assignment, but it’s entirely possible. The rule is, “two assignments that can fall at the ends of a 6-week span, or further apart” – or perhaps put more simply, subtract the two week numbers and get 5 or higher. 9-4=5.

I believe there were two examples of this happening last season. The one I most vividly remember is Pete Morelli working Seahawks games in weeks 4 and 9.

Preth November 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

Confirmed:

Al Riveron in Houston.

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ChuckX November 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

As Preth said, from the flip card available on the Texans’ site:

Referee — Alberto Riveron (57)
Umpire — Scott Dawson (70)
Head Linesman — Jim Mello (48)
Line Judge — Ron Phares (10)
Field Judge — Scott Steenson (88)
Side Judge — Jimmy DeBell (58)
Back Judge — Greg Steed (12)
Replay — Bob Boyston
Video — Jim Grant

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Russ November 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Looks like Scott Steenson, who is normally Ron Winter’s FJ is in for Steve Zimmer. Zimmer left the game in Dallas two weeks ago and has not returned since.

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ChuckX November 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

Correction on Houston assignment Week 9:

Replay — Bob Boylston

(left out the L)

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James November 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

My Mike Carey in San Diego prediction is looking pretty good.

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Steve November 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Carey should have done the NE-NYG game (I know he is inelligible having worked NE-PIT last week), but if you remember, in 2007 he worked both the NE-NYG regular season finale and Super Bowl XLII.

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James November 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Yeah I was wishing he wouldn’t have gotten Pitt/Ne last week so he could have gotten NY/NE again.

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SportingBecky November 5, 2011 at 12:07 am

From Clete Blakeman himself

Packers VS Chargers

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Preth November 5, 2011 at 1:55 am

Thanks, Becky. That leaves Mike Carey in Indy, and we’ve actually completed one of the more complicated “multi-bye” week lists early. Very cool.

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jc November 5, 2011 at 12:18 am

Leaves either Leavy or Carey in Indy..

Winter (technically) and Boger are OFF

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jc November 5, 2011 at 12:19 am

Oops…only Carey…is left…

winter, leavy and boger are off…

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James November 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Was it ever established why Corrente is being replaced by Winter?

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Preth November 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

No, and it’s best to leave it that way.

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Paul November 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

That’s a rather odd comment.

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Preth November 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Why?

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James November 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Because we just want to know his status and you’re acting like it’s some deep personal matter.

Preth November 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

As Becky reported, he’ll be fine. Under what scenario is the exact reason not a personal matter?

James November 7, 2011 at 10:55 am

Not saying it’s not personal. You just gave a rather odd response. And I wouldn’t say Becky “reported”, all she said is he was fine. Not like she cited anyone/thing.

Preth November 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Fair enough. It wasn’t my intent to respond in an “odd” way, but it’s not my place to tell you the exact circumstances.

Paul November 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Just sounded ominous, like he was on double-secret probation for some reason. Or like the league had some reason it wanted Winter to ref that game.

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