Again, this would be something that the entire NFL officiating crew (not to mention people in the NFL offices) would have to be in on. It is virtually impossible to keep such a secret from getting out. All it would take is one pi$$ed off former referee/employee to blow it up sky high.
Originally Posted by NYCsteelersfan
All I know is that I have only heard diehard Steeler fans make the claim that the refs were throwing the game to/manipulating the game. (Funny how the same people never cry "manipulation" when the Steelers get the benefit of poor calls). There was also no huge outcry after the Colts game, other than from Steeler fans.
Anyone who thinks that the ref in that game who went under the hood (because replay did exist at that time) actually MISTAKENLY believed that Polamalu never had possession of that football, rather than having intercepted it, running and fumbling, is an absolute fool.
And how many neutral observers have made your "clear" observation?
It also doesn't matter if the Steelers beat the Giants after Hurricane Sandy. The refs clearly made call after call in order to keep the Giants in the game. Any objective fan could clearly see it. I had friends who are Giants fans laughing about the Roethlisberger fumble.
Again, poor calls are different than purposely putting your thumb on the scale.
Also, go tell Raider fans that the ref made a "mistake" when he made up a rule on the spot in order to save Brady from a fumble, which ended up costing the Raiders the win.
Perhaps you should look up the definition of "semantics" because you obviously do not know what it means. Ensuring the result of a game, "fixing" (the OP even went to the point of implying that the Denver DB allowed the late TD against Baltimore), is different than steering a game in a certain direction, "manipulating."
You're simply arguing semantics if you want to quibble over whether "fixing" games is the same as "manipulating" games.
And frankly, there is very little evidence of even that. Referees are human. I DO believe that they get caught up in the excitement of a game and subconsciously make incorrect calls. That said, to imply that they do it consciously and collaboratively (which would have to come with the NFL's blessing) is unsupported. Furthermore, if you think otherwise, then you have to ask yourself why you invest Sunday afternoons every fall to watching highly paid roller derby queens.