AFC East: Jerry Bergman
October, 25, 2010
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
A rundown of opinionated coverage about the supposed lack of recoverage of Ben Roethlisberger's fumble in the Miami Dolphins' heartbreaking home loss Sunday:
- Palm Beach Post reporter Ben Volin blogs as much visual evidence as he can muster to show Dolphins outside linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis recovered the ball.
- Not only is referee Gene Streratore from the Pittsburgh area, but the official who signaled touchdown, head linesman Jerry Bergman, is a Pittsburgh native, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette points out.
- Miami Herald columnist Greg Cote notes: "The ref owns a Washington, Pa., company called Steratore Sanitary Supplies, by the way. That's appropriate."
- South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde hashes out a number of issues pertaining to the controversial call, including whether it was followed to the letter and conspiracy theories.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero bemoans the officiating crew's inability to use common sense because a lack of video evidence forbade it.
- Palm Beach Post columnist Greg Stoda writes "The refs quit on a crucial play, and then concocted a cover-up escape."