head off.........GOOD NEWS FOR YOU:
Scott Green will be the referee for Super Bowl XLIV.
Stats on Green from the last three seasons show two tendencies. First,
his crew calls offensive holding much less often than average. This is
less of an issue for the Super Bowl because the Super Bowl uses an
"all-star" crew. The umpire will be the awesomely-named Undrey Wash,
and he's called offensive holding at an average rate over the last
couple seasons. However, the second tendency is that Green almost never
calls roughing the passer. He's thrown only seven flags for roughing
the passer over the past three seasons, including zero during the
entire 2008 season. You may remember him missing a couple of possible
roughing the passer situations in the Green Bay-Arizona wild card game,
including that facemask on Aaron Rodgers during the fumble that ended
the game. This could be bad news for the Colts given Gregg Williams'
promise that the Saints defense will deliver "remember me shots" to
Also of note: The three officials in the secondary,
Rob Bernatchi, Greg Meyer, and Greg Steed, all worked for crews that
were below average in calling defensive pass interference this season.
Saints (98 penalties, 24th) and Colts (87 penalties, 31st) were both
among the least penalized teams in the league this season.