The NFL formally announced on Wednesday that Clete Blakeman will be the referee for Super Bowl 50.
Last week, Patriots fans were up in arms over the selection of Ed Hochuli, who had officiated plenty of Broncos/Peyton Manning victories since 1999.
Well, Blakeman’s record with the Broncos isn’t shabby either. The Broncos are 5-0 in games officiated by Blakeman since 2010. I’m sure that will cast a few eyerolls around the country.
Meanwhile, Blakeman is 2-2 in Panthers games since ’10, which includes this Monday night classic from 2013:
While it’s his first Super Bowl, Blakeman isn’t a stranger to the postseason. He was a part of the officiating crew that botched the coin toss in the Green Bay/Arizona divisional playoff game.
Playoff officials are considered the best of the best per a tier system developed by the NFL’s vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.
Other officials joining Blakeman in his first Super Bowl appearance will be Jeff Rice, Wayne Mackie, Rusty Baynes, Boris Cheek, Scott Edwards, and Keith Ferguson.
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