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by: JamieD On  Wednesday, November 25, 2009

vince young high fiveAt the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans, cameras caught Titans quarterback Vince Young exchanging a high-five with referee Jerome Boger.  This image has since made its way around the country as NFL fans continue to question why a ref had engaged in a celebratory gesture with one of the players.  That is the very question NFL representatives have been asked.

Oddly enough, their answer has been that “it never happened.”

It never happened?  So are they trying to tell us all that we are just seeing things?  That through their eyes Young and Boger did not have their hands raised and make contact with each other?  Is this picture just a figment of our imaginations, or a mere illusion?  Perhaps we should all book appointments with the optometrist.  How could this possibly be?

Here is their explanation:

“It was not Jerome Boger’s intent to exchange a high-five with the player,” the spokesman said. “It began with the referee making the proper administrative signal and resulted in the appearance of an inappropriate action.

“As Vince Young took a knee on the game’s final play, Jerome Boger jogged in with his right arm in the air to signify the play was over. That is the proper administrative signal for the referee.

“As Young turned around, he saw Boger approaching the line of scrimmage with his arm raised. “As Boger moved toward the line of scrimmage, he started to bring his arm down. However, before he lowered his arm, Young, moving towards the referee, raised his own arm and the two exchanged what appeared to be a quick high-five,” the spokesman added. [The Houston Chronicle]

Seems like a fair explanation, but should this really be made into such a big deal?  It was a simple high-five at the end of a game.  Don’t players go over to shake the official’s hand anyways?

As we have seen before, sometimes it is tough to find a high-five when you go looking for it, and in this case, sometimes it just comes to you.

Here is a look at it one more time.





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