and if it ends up being the Packers winning on Sunday... you can't be too happy if that's the case and you're either a Titans or Chiefs fanEvery year, we try to sift through the tea leaves and narrow down the likely candidates for the Super Bowl. Given a combination of factors in previous years, once we were correct in December, other times we were a little guarded in the second week of the playoffs, and last year we were flat out wrong.
This time, entering the divisional playoff round, we have a high degree of certainty we know the referee for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2: Clete Blakeman.
Blakeman was also the white hat of this past Sunday's Seahawks/Packers Divisional Round gameCasual fans may remember that Blakeman was the referee for the Lions-Packers game on Monday night in Week 6 in which two fouls were called for illegal hands to the face, when there clearly was no foul. Those were not Blakeman’s flags — they came from the umpire — so they are not downgrades on his record.
Yeah, it's crazy. I've been a huge sports fan my entire life. I always found a stark comparison between the NBA where you knew the names of most of the top refs, because they're so influential on the outcome, and the NFL, where you had no idea what their names were. Maybe you knew some faces.The state of NFL officiating is obviously poor if this conversation needs to happen.
I can see it being Vinovich, mainly because he's a good yes man.