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19 Jan 2006

Morelli's House Vandalized

On Sunday, Pete Morelli incorrectly called a Troy Polamalu interception an incompletion. On Monday, Morelli's Stockton, Calif. home was vandalized. Lieutenant Thomas Wells of the Stockton Police Department told FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer that a police report was filed after a rock was thrown through Morelli's living room window late Monday night after Morelli and his wife had gone to bed.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 19 Jan 2006

41 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2006, 7:32pm by Ian Hernandez


by DJAnyReason (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:28pm

Well, that answers the question: "What do Pete Morelli and Tommy Maddox have in common..."

by zip (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:33pm

I'm surprised this kind of thing doesn't happen more often.

by underthebus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:51pm

That's pretty messed up.

by DJAnyReason (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:55pm

Re: 3

Yeah, cleaning up the mess from a broken window is a pain in the ass.

by Dave (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:58pm

Are they sure it was a rock?

by Bruce (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 4:59pm

Wow, I thought Morelli's call was bad after having a chance to review it. This idiot had a day to review his feelings and he still throws the rock! It's just a game people. Besides the Steelers won anyway!

by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 5:01pm

I'm working on some type of season-wide review of Peter Morelli officiated games... not sure if I'll be able to hack together an acceptable article but I'll probably be sending something to FO Staff by Sunday.

From some games I have available to watch and comments on gamethreads from FO it seems like his crew misses a lot of defensive Pass Interference (as we saw last Sunday).

They were involved in some games that left fans of the losing team a little miffed about the officiating.

by Michael David Smith :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 5:24pm

Just wanted to throw one thing out there: Morelli's full-time job is as a high school principal, so it's possible that this is about suspending some kid and not about getting the call wrong.

Matthew, I look forward to seeing what you come up with about Morelli's crew. I wrote last year about how Ed Hochuli's crew throws more flags than all the others. I definitely think the league needs to do a better job of making sure all the officiating crews are calling the games the same way.

by JMM (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 5:34pm

RE: 1
Actually, the reports of Maddox's house being vandalized were denied by his wife who was unaware of any problems.

by joel in providence (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 5:35pm

my god! what kind of world do we live in?

by mattfwood (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 5:59pm

Re: 10
The kind of world where (1) some football fans take things too seriously; (2) some football player's agents -- like Tommy Maddox's agent -- embellish or completely fabricate stories; and (3) some kids might throw rocks through their principal's window.

I think this was probably a case of choice (1) above, based on timing; but I'm not going to forget about choices (2) and (3) either.

by Rich Eisen (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:02pm

It's an NFL World...and we're living in it...

by putnamp (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:05pm

Stockton isn't exactly the nicest city in the world, either.

by Richie (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:08pm

In some countries they kill soccer goalies who lose games. We're "civilized".

by rabscuttle (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:17pm

Geez. People need to get a grip.

by Harry (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:24pm

For God's sake, the Steelers won! How psycho would a Steeler fan have to be, to go after Morelli for a call that ended up not mattering? I vote angry high-schooler with a grudge against the principal.

Now if that back judge from the Denver-Pats game gets a death threat or finds his house vandalized, that would probably be Bill Simmons at work.

by Scott de B. (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:24pm

Yes, it could be worse. From an old Eric Idle song:

I throw house bricks for The Arsenal
I chuck lead pipe for West Ham
I kick and maim for Chelsea
I kill for Tottenham
I drop bottles for United on the crowd from up above
Yes football is the game that we all love

I razor slash for Sheffield
I cut 'em up for Q.P.R.
I stick nails in 'em for Norwich
For Leeds I slash and scar
For Celtic I throw petrol bombs whenever our teams score
Yes football is the game that we adore

We all love football
Kill rape slash AAH
We all love football
Shoot stab boot AAH
Football is the game that we adore

I hack limbs off for Newcastle
I rape for Luton Town
For the Rangers I kill strangers
And kick police horses down
I set fire to referees who let opponents score
Yes football is the game that we adore

We all love football
Bomb hurt kill AHH
We all love football
Slash Kick maim AHH
Football is the game that we adore

by craig (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:27pm

Yeah. You US fans aren't even as rough as Canadian fans, at least the Saskatchewan ones...

(click the link)

by Disco Stu (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:29pm

Pete Morelli is a high school principal? That's fantastic. I can completely see that. Besides Ed Hochuli, attorney-at-law, do you guys know the real jobs of NFL referees? Tom White, claims adjuster? Bernie Kukar, janitor? Jeff Triplett, lumberjack?

by Balaji (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:15pm

#19: You left out Phil Luckett, stenographer.

by ChicagoScott (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:20pm

Upon further review, the object was not a rock. It was Joey Porter's helmet. Pittsburgh will be charged with a team timeout.

by Noble (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:57pm

I agree with MDS. You have to take the possibility that this has nothing to do with the Steelers into account. Hell, it could've been random violence. I've seen stranger things happen.

by Walt E (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 8:48pm

#19: Page 758 of the 2005 NFL Record and Fact book lists the college and "day" job of all officials as of May 2005. The book as a whole is great; it should be on your seasonal "must buy" list along with PFP and the Offical Rules of the NFL.

by Disco Stu (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 9:21pm

Walt- what are the day jobs of the more famous refs?

by Travis (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 9:30pm

As listed in the NFL Record & Fact Book:

Walt Anderson: dentist, orthodontics
Gerry Austin: president, leadership development group
Mike Carey: owner, skiing accessories
Bill Carollo: marketing executive
Walt Coleman: manager, dairy processor
Tony Corrente: educator
Scott Green: vice-president, government relations
Ed Hochuli: attorney
Bernie Kukar: sales representative, employees benefit plan
Bill Leavy: retired firefighter
Terry McAulay: senior computer scientist
Pete Morelli: high school principal
Larry Nemmers: motivational speaker
Jeff Triplette: vice president, world-wide energy company
Bill Vinovich: certified public accountant
Tom White: consultant
Ron Winter: university professor

by PatsFan (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 11:52pm

Given the "skill" with which Triplette referees, I wonder if the "world-wide energy company" is Enron (or whatever is left of it).

by Harris (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:17am

What about Johnny Greer, Sex Machine?

by Disco Stu (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:32am

Harris, I think you just answered your own question

by Taft (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:13am

Peter Morelli is a principal for a well known and well respected Catholic High School. Given the timing of this incident and his school's excellent past history, I would venture a guess that it was not a student but someone with a football beef.

by Taft (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:15am

Hey 17... Great work with the Eric Idle song. Is that the Rutles or Monty?

by Tim (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 4:04am

I don't usually post comments, but Morelli was my principal and I was fairly disappointed at his missed call only because I couldn't see how he would overturn it with the amount of evidence he had. I don't know if I consider rolling with the ball a football move, though I'm not sure I know exactly what one is. I would also like to point out that the school isn't that well respected as it is in Stockton which had the highest violent crime rate among teens in the state of California and it has rather high drug use, so I wouldn't rule out the student possibility. But I would also like to come to Morelli's defense as he has been noted as one of the best in the league during his relatively short tenure. He was one of the fastest ever assigned to participate in a crew of the Super Bowl and became a head official rather quickly as well, hopefully one bad call won't be blown too much out of preportion by everyone, especially not Stephen A. Smith, I hate that guy.

by Spoilt Victorian Child (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 5:57am

Mike Carey: owner, skiing accessories
What a coincidence. I am also an owner of skiing accessories.

by Bobman (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 8:24am

Are we sure it was a rock and not an errant Manning pass or...

(Time to stop kicking my own guys when they're down; plenty of others willing to step up to the plate for that. Oh hell, just one more below the buckle shot)

could it be...? Yes... I believe Mike Vanderjagt's "field goal attempt" is finally returning to earth after a 16-hour, wobbling, sideways orbit of the planet.

It's either Vandy's misguided kick or HitMeBabyOneMoreTime lives in Stockton.

by MRH (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 11:22am

#23: the 2005 Official Rules of the NFL is on sale at Amazon, but the only reviewer reports that it is an abridgement and not the complete rules. Is that true? I'd like to get a complete rulebook.

by Another Craig B (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 11:41am

Re 34... MRH, there is only one unabridged copy of the NFL Official Rules. It is written in letters of pure fire on a series of 1,000 30-foot-high golden tablets. The Rules were transmitted personally by a mysterious figure with a booming voice to Pete Rozelle on a mountaintop in 1964.

by Michael David Smith :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 11:54am

The official rulebook they sell to the general public is not the same thing that NFL officials have. I don't know exactly what's left out, but I have read in a couple of different places that the NFL won't release its full rulebook and officiating manual to the public. I can't imagine why the league doesn't want the fans to understand the rules.

by Dan Riley (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:00pm

Re #31: Thanks for that background, Tim. My guess is you're pointing us closer to the truth than all of jock talk radio is likely to. Sounds more like deliquents taking advantage of the situation to pile on a school principal than disgruntled Steeler fans (in California? Steeler fans never leave Pittsburgh, right?). Even your less sophisticated NFL fans (read: non-FO readers) would be too sobered up to do a thing like this 24 hours after the game.

by Rocco (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:13pm


It's so the league can make up rules on the fly to help certain teams win, duh. :)


Actually, there are lots of Steeler fans throughout the country b/c lots of people have left Pittsburgh for better jobs. The resulting diaspora has led to the sight of sports bars full of Steeler fans. That being said, I doubt this was football-related. If the Steelers had lost, I'd feel differently.

by Teddy (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 3:19pm

The question is, did he catch and maintain control of the rock after it came through the window?

by Shaun (not verified) :: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 3:55pm

Awe! Broken window I'm sure it won't break him. To all you "It's only a game." WAKE UP!!! Does anyone remember a Team owner named Art Modell?It's a busness to a slew of people. A means of puting food on the table. Don't get me wrong. The rock was way out in left field. Wrong by all means. He's lucky he only got a rock through the window. People in Cleveland were threatening his life. To some...It's more than a GAME.

by Ian Hernandez (not verified) :: Mon, 02/06/2006 - 7:32pm

If I had Bill Leavy's home address (head ref for Super Bowl XL), I'd do a heckuva lot more to his house than just throw a single rock. But I don't, so I'll just hope they fire the stupid bastard...