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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
It's time for Page 2's Referee Rankings!

By Thomas Neumann
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Sports officials are almost never appreciated.

Never mind that they are highly trained professionals who perform difficult jobs with an amazing level of skill and expertise. We as fans don't notice the 100 calls they get right. Nope. We notice the one they got wrong. Then we discuss it ad nauseam at the water cooler and post vulgar comments to Internet message boards.

No more. It's time the zebras got a little respect, and Page 2 is happy to oblige.

So go ahead and make a football move by enjoying the inaugural edition of Page 2's NFL Referee Rankings:


This season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 14 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 28 | Oct. 5: punters | Oct. 12: long snappers | Oct. 19: referees


Last season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 29 | Oct. 6 | BYE | Oct. 22 | Oct. 28 | Nov. 4 | INACTIVE | Nov. 18


1. Ed Hochuli

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
85
10
-1
10
18

Brett Favre, Ed Hochuli

Thanks in part to his muscular physique, Hochuli is the most recognizable official in NFL history. He played linebacker at UTEP and maintains a rigorous workout regimen. He's a partner in a Phoenix law firm and shares inside jokes with Brett Favre.


2. Mike Carey

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
94
9
0
9
18

Mike Carey

Although Carey graduated from Santa Clara in 1971, he appears to be about 30 years old. He became the first black crew chief to work the Super Bowl in 2008, and he co-owns a snow sports gear company. Carey's older brother Don is also an NFL official.


3. Alberto Riveron

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
57
9
-1
9
17

Al Riveron

Riveron immigrated to the U.S. at age 5 from Cuba and went on to become the first Hispanic referee in NFL history. It's the American dream. Work diligently and follow your goals, and you too can be booed in front of tens of thousands of angry, inebriated fans.


4. Gene Steratore

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
114
8
-2
9
15

Gene Steratore

Steratore is the ref who correctly overturned a potential game-winning TD catch by Detroit's Calvin Johnson in Week 1 of 2010. He's also the poster boy for error links on all NFL team websites and might know Favre even more intimately than Hochuli does.


5. Jeff Triplette

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
42
8
-3
9
14

Jeff Triplette

Triplette is a Gulf War veteran who has worked as an NFL official since 1996. His crew ranked second behind Hochuli's in penalties per game last season. He also tends to hit players with flags and get knocked down by players with some regularity.


6. Jerome Boger

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
23
7
-2
8
13

Jerome Boger

Boger played quarterback at Morehouse College and became the third black referee in NFL history in 2006, after Johnny Grier and Carey. He wears No. 23, which was once worn by Grier. In 2009, he shared an awkward, misunderstood high-five with Vince Young.


7. Jim Tunney

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
32
8
-4
8
12

Reggie White, Jim Tunney

Tunney, known as the dean of NFL referees, grabs our alumni spot for a distinguished 31-year career. He's the only ref to work consecutive Super Bowls, and he even officiated in World Team Tennis. He also sells his own bobblehead at jimtunney.com.


8. Carl Cheffers

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
51
6
-2
7
11

Carl Cheffers

Cheffers is perhaps known best for this forgettable moment in Houston in 2010. His crew called the most penalties for roughing the passer (10, tied with Riveron) in 2010 after calling among the fewest in the previous two seasons. Did someone get a memo?


9. Terry McAulay

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
77
4
-1
7
10

Terry McAulay

In addition to being an NFL referee who has worked two Super Bowls, McAulay moonlights as Big East coordinator of football officiating. (Don't quit your day job.) He made the No. 9 most controversial call in NFL history as rated by NFL Network.


10. Scott Green

League
Uniform No.
Savvy
Calamity
Acumen
"It" factor
Buzz
19
8
-7
8
9

Scott Green

Green is known for disallowing a touchdown by Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu in 2008, which resulted in the only 11-10 final score in NFL history. The Steelers beat the Chargers anyway, but if you're wondering, the Steelers were favored by 4½ points. Hmmm.



This season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 14 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 28 | Oct. 5: punters | Oct. 12: long snappers | Oct. 19: referees


Last season's backup quarterback rankings:
Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 29 | Oct. 6 | BYE | Oct. 22 | Oct. 28 | Nov. 4 | INACTIVE | Nov. 18


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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