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Tony Corrente and Walt Anderson are referees in Conference Championships


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Football Zebras has confirmed that Tony Corrente and Walt Anderson will be the referees for the conference championship games. Corrente will have the NFC game between the Packers and Seahawks; Anderson will be heading the crew for the AFC title match between the Colts and the Patriots.

NFC Championship Game: Packers at Seahawks, 3 p.m. ET (Fox)

This will be Corrente’s second consecutive season working the Conference Championship, after last year’s Broncos-Patriots game. This will be his 14th postseason assignment and his fifth Conference Championship. He also worked 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 3 Divisional Playoffs, and Super Bowl XLI. Notably, Corrente resigned his position as supervisor of officiating in the Pac-12 Conference in the middle of the past season.

Yrs 2014 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 20 Cal State-Fullerton college officiating coordinator
U 64 Dan Ferrell 12 Corrente Cal State-Fullerton director, parts logistics and supply chain management
HL 79 Kent Payne 11 Cheffers Nebraska Wesleyan teacher
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 11 Morelli Nicholls State full-time official
FJ 89 Jon Lucivansky 6 Parry Minnesota college educator
SJ 75 Rob Vernatchi 11 Morelli California-Riverside enforcement investigator
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 9 Steratore Aquinas College educator

AFC Championship Game: Colts at Patriots, 6:40 p.m. ET (CBS)

Anderson will be working his 16th postseason assignment, which includes 8 Wild Card Playoffs, 2 Divisional Playoffs, 5 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls XXXV and XLV. Anderson is the coordinator of officials in the Big 12 Conference, and was a forerunner in implementing an eighth officiating position, the center judge.

Yrs 2014 crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 19 Texas college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 124 Carl Paganelli 15 Torbert Michigan State retired federal probation officer
HL 36 Tony Veteri 23 Blakeman Manhattan College physical education teacher
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 23 Triplette Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 12 Corrente Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
SJ 78 Greg Meyer 13 Anderson Texas Christian banker
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 15 Leavy San Jose State sales
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17 thoughts on “Tony Corrente and Walt Anderson are referees in Conference Championships

  1. Great crew for Ind-NE. I’m especially happy to see Jeff Bergman and Keith Ferguson. That being said, every choice is good

  2. The best of the best is good. These are great officials. 1 at each position. The All star system is fantastic. You should earn these games by being the best.

  3. Here are some notes on playoff streaks by some of the officials. Kent Payne has worked the playoffs every year in which he has been eligible and this is his 5th conference championship!
    I expect to see him in the Super Bowl again in the next year or two. Jon Lucivansky has also worked the playoffs every year he has been eligible. He seems to be an outstanding young official,
    Gary Cavaletto has worked 9 straight years and this is his 4th conference championship. Greg Meyer has worked every year since the 2005 season and this is also his 5th conference championship. This is Dino Paganelli’s 7th year in a row in the playoffs. This is the 1st conference championship for Dan Ferrell, Jon Lucivansky and Carl Johnson, although Johnson has worked a Super Bowl. Congrats to all of the conference champ. officials!

  4. So in addition to the three rookie referees this year, it looks like no playoffs for Boger, Coleman, Parry and Triplette. The only name I’m surprised about out of that group is Parry, who I’ve always felt was one of the better refs in the game. But this will be his 3rd year of missing the playoffs since doing the Super Bowl following the 2011 season. I wonder what the story is there.

    Two good choices for the conference championships in Corrente and Anderson. Even though this site has projected Vinovich for the Super Bowl, I’m pulling for Steratore.

  5. Bergman one of the last with the metal whistle toot toot toottoottoot toot He may use it in honor of the #32 that preceded him, Dr. Tunney, or in honor of his dad Jerry, who officiated tons of playoffs with the same type whistle and toot.

  6. So… Walt Anderson working an AFC championship game at Foxborough… How about that? Tuckrule, anyone…?

  7. Hey Joe got your Walts mixed up tuck rule was Walt Coleman please note Coleman not working playoffs, was an alternate though.

  8. It looks that there is a conspiracy theory against Tony Corrente. One of the damn great referees of the current era with a lot of championship games but just one SuperBowl. Really Interesting who hates him at the Heads of officials office?

  9. There’s been lots of complaining from non-officials (and I’m a non-official) about all-star officiating crews versus keeping reg. season crews together in playoffs. I understand both sides of the argument. Here’s what I don’t understand: When Corrente is reffing one came, why put the FJ from his crew–Gary Cavaletto–on the other game? Makes no sense.

  10. How did HL Bergman get another assignment? He was the one who over-ruled BJ Lee Dyer on the the controversial call in the wild card Lions-Cowboys game, resulting in Pete Morelli picking up the flag. He missed obvious holding by the Dallas LB on that play to boot.

  11. Different Bergman. Jerry had the Wild Card game; his brother, Jeff, has the Conference Championship

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