Oft-awful official Pete Morelli will call Pats-Texans

Oft-awful official Pete Morelli will call Pats-Texans

If you want to get an early jump on complaining about the officials for Saturday night, it probably won’t go to waste. The sad-faced, oft-blundering Pete Morelli is referee for the AFC divisional playoff game at Foxboro between the Patriots and Texans.

The NFL goes to “all-star” crews for the postseason so Morelli won’t be surrounded by his usual cohorts. There are, however, three officials from Carl Cheffers’ crew working with Morelli and two from Jeff Triplette’s crew.

Former VP of Officiating, Mike Pereira, has pointed out the stupidity of breaking up officiating crews that spend six months working together so that the biggest games are officiated by guys who may have never met before the week of the game. 

Meanwhile, as to Morelli, while all officials will stub their toes occasionally, Morelli’s 2015 season was a shipwreck.  

There have been some bad days as well in 2016 for Morelli, including calling a defensive player from Detroit for being illegally downfield in a game against the Eagles. They forgot which team was on offense. 

One of his blunders in Foxboro was a victimless and amusing crime. He left his mic on during the Bills’ 16-0 win at Gillette and opined that, while the game was pretty good, “One big hit and this s**t could explode.” 

So there’s your solace. Improv.

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.