You know, if I didn't hold Dean Blandino personally responsible for all the pain and suffering I have incurred from the NFL's vague and inconsistent rules then I might just feel bad for him here. That compassion wouldn't stem from the fact that the job he's leaving is about as thankless as it gets, but the idea that he thinks he'll ever be known as anything other than the clown that spent years juggling the age old concept of a catch.
It's ironic that he's going into television, because this is as close as a football "expert" will ever be to getting typecast. The name 'Dean Blandino' will forever be synonymous with some of the most iconically stupid officiating decisions in NFL history. I would imagine any and all introductions will feature strangers asking him to throw them something only for them to bobble it ever so slightly before looking back at someone they just met for a ruling. I'm sure David Schwimmer thinks Ross Geller had a less-than-friendly lasting impact on every interaction of his professional career, but that's nothing compared to the impact that the parodied version of himself will have on the future of Dean Blandino. Just because he'll no longer be tasked with explaining unexplainable whistles and doing damage control on shattered dreams doesn't mean I will ever think that he's any less of the dope that he has spent years shamelessly portraying himself as. Good luck in television Dean. You're going to need it since no one will ever forget that Dez caught that ball...regardless of the all-too-conveniently ambiguous wording that you used to say he didn't.