Originally Posted by razorwire77
Officiating was terrible last week, but there isn't some grandiose conspiracy to get a Raven v. Patriot AFC championship. Brady vs. Manning would have been a much bigger media suck off.
That's not to say that the refs aren't affiliated in some way with the sports books or Vegas. It doesn't necessarily have to be the league pulling the strings. I'm sure through history this would not be unheard of in professional sports. I bet (no pun intended) the league did want a Brady vs Manning AFCC game. Doesn't mean the refs couldn't be influenced by other outside sources.