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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Fisher joins dinner for officiating crew

By Paul Kuharsky

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Jeff Fisher just shared something I never knew: The Thursday before the Super Bowl, the NFL hosts a dinner for the all-star officiating crew that is assigned to the big game.

Fisher, who interacts with the officiating department often as co-chair of the powerful competition committee, has been here to work for the NFL Network and will be at the dinner Thursday.

It’s the final such evening for the director of officiating, Mike Pereira, who is retiring and will be replaced by Carl Johnson.

“They’ll probably be something special for Mike,” Fisher said. “I think he’s done a tremendous job. I say this over and over. Coaches on Mondays either win or lose games. He loses every Monday, it’d be hard on him, that’s how it is.

“I don’t think people around the league realize how hard he works to try to achieve some consistency and to maintain consistency in the grading system and everything that’s involved in his job. People on the committee happen to have a better understanding because we work with him during the offseason.”

It’s cool that the league does the dinner for the Super Bowl crew.

Here’s the list of those who’ll be featured guests:

Referee Scott Green, umpire Undrey Wash, head linesman John McGrath, line judge Jeff Seeman, field judge Rob Vernatchi, side judge Greg Meyer and back judge Greg Steed. The replay assistant is Jim Lapetina and the video operator is Jim Pearson.