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Blandino: Cowboys party bus incident has no bearing on calls


An old story about NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino hanging out on the party bus owned by the Cowboys has resurfaced in the last 24 hours after the Cowboys benefitted from what Blandino admits was a missed call in Sunday’s win over the Lions.

But Blandino says one has nothing to do with the other.

Blandino told Mike Florio on PFT Live that while people might think there’s some kind of close contact between himself and Jones, the Cowboys don’t get any type of preferential treatment from the officials.

“That’s something that, it happened, one has nothing to do with the other. I understand why some people might look at that,” Blandino said. “But it’s just something that has nothing to do with how the game was officiated.”

Blandino pointed out that he was part of a replay review earlier in the game that went against the Cowboys, when a Golden Tate catch that was originally spotted short of the first down line was changed to a Lions first down. If Blandino wanted to help the Cowboys, why would he overturn that call?

The idea that the NFL is conspiring to favor the Cowboys doesn’t make a lot of sense. Yes, officials sometimes screw up, and on Sunday an officiating screwup helped the Cowboys. That might be an indication that the officiating in the NFL isn’t good enough, but that’s a long way from saying the NFL’s officiating department is corrupt.