Referee Jeff Triplette’s performance during the opening game of the NFL playoffs was so bad, even his former boss took to social media to trash the officiating crew.
Horrible way to start the playoffs. I hate to say it but this was not a good performance by the crew. Teams and fans deserve better.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) January 7, 2018
Triplette and his crew—which, per playoff rules, wasn’t the crew he’d worked with for the whole season but an amalgamation of supposedly highly rated officials—blew two game-breaking calls in the first half of postseason play. Things somehow got worse as the game went along—in the second half, he called a block in the back on Titans backup quarterback Alex Tanney, who hasn’t taken the field in an NFL game since 2015.
Thankfully, it appears Triplette will no longer be able to subject NFL fans to his bumbling incompetence. He’s retiring.
Referee Jeff Triplette, who worked yesterday’s #Titans–#Chiefs Wild Card game, has told folks around him he’s retiring from @NFL officiating. And the heartfelt hugs he exchanged w/ his crew after dinner last night? Def looked like good-byes.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 7, 2018
Saturday’s wild-card game was just the last in a long line of Triplette follies. Back in Week 3, he all but ended arguably the best game of the regular season with an offensive pass interference call so egregious, even the team that benefited from it hadn’t thought to hope for such a call.
Last year, he accidentally called illegal hands to the face on the victim of a pair of illegal hands to the face.
Then there’s this.
The playoffs just got a whole lot more tolerable.