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Favre says ref apologized for missing a hit in NFC Championship

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New light has been shed on the way the Saints roughed up Brett Favre in the 2010 NFC Championship Game after the revelation that cash bounties were offered to any Saint who could knock Favre out. The Saints didn’t succeed in getting Favre out of the game, but they did hit him repeatedly, get flagged for some hits and fined for others. And Favre says the referee apologized to him for missing one hit that was fined and not flagged.

That hit came from Bobby McCray, who drilled Favre below the knee on a play on which Favre threw an interception. It was a brutal shot and a clear violation of the rules, as NFL V.P. of Officiating Mike Pereira admitted after the game: “It is the kind of hit that we want called because, clearly, we’re trying to protect the knees.”

Peter King of Sports Illustrated, who has been looking back on that game as he reports on the Saints’ bounty scandal, said today on the Dan Patrick Show that Favre told him referee Pete Morelli apologized for missing the call.

“Favre told me that Morelli apologized to him for not calling the high-low call that basically started this whole story, and caused Saints players on the sidelines, at least one, to be rejoicing and slapping hands and another one to say ‘We got him, we got him’ and another one to say, ‘Pay me my money,'” King said. “Morelli, by the way, through the league, denies telling that to Favre. . . . Favre said that Morelli apologized to him for missing that call, which was a blatant, horrible missed call, and Morelli denies it.”

Morelli may deny apologizing, but he should be sorry for a huge missed call in a huge situation. At SI.com on Tuesday, King wrote about just how big that missed call was. A roughing the passer penalty would have wiped out Favre’s interception and moved the Vikings into easy field goal range with the score tied late in the third quarter, meaning they likely would have scored at least three points there in a game they ended up losing in overtime. It’s entirely possible that the Vikings, not the Saints, would have gone onto the Super Bowl if Morelli hadn’t blown that call.

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  1. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 7, 2012 1:22 PM

    One of the worst officiated games in NFL history. Not evens Vikings fan and I felt they were robbed.

  2. joetoronto says: Mar 7, 2012 1:24 PM

    That non call right there, that makes you question the integrity of the game.

    The last thing the NFL wants is their fans wondering if the games are fixed.

    But there it is.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    As a Viking fan, experience tells me that if that call had been made, we still would have found a way to screw it up.

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 7, 2012 1:28 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if during these meaningful bounty games some of the refs took money to look the other away on occassion. Watching that game – It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it came out that happened at some degree.

  5. mitchnig320 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:29 PM

    Go.f***ing.figure. piss on the saints!!! And those refs!

  6. The Prophet says: Mar 7, 2012 1:29 PM

    It’s entirely possible that the Vikings, not the Saints, would have gone onto the Super Bowl if Morelli hadn’t blown that call.
    —————————–
    Finally someone other than Viking fans are pointing this out!!!!

  7. patfic15 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:29 PM

    Blah, Blah, Blah…Saints still are the champs that year. Get over it. As for everything, Saints couldn’t tackle thin air (in the form of Lynch and Davis) last two years and the defense blew. As a Saints fan, I am ecstatic that Williams is gone. As an NFL fan, I think this is enough. I mean let’s go back and fine LT and the Steel curtain while we ‘re at it. I am sure that they made a wager or two.

  8. joesuhunka says: Mar 7, 2012 1:30 PM

    As a Vikings fan dare I say, I despise the Saints more then the Packers. At least the Packer distain is routed in fair competition, championship envy and love/hate rivalry.

  9. rascalmanny says: Mar 7, 2012 1:31 PM

    It wasn’t just that hit on Brett.

    During that whole season the Saints got away with hits and the refs didn’t throw flags that should have been thrown.

    Remember, this was the Saints and the Katrina aftermath. The media, and the NFL, were pushing the team on everyone. I’m sure the refs felt it too.

  10. broncobeta says: Mar 7, 2012 1:33 PM

    An old man ref misses a call during a close and important game and the NFL doesn’t care? NO WAY!?!?!

  11. gberg09 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:36 PM

    not only did those cheaters rob vikings fans, but robbed all nfl fans of a potentially classic superbowl- manning vs favre

  12. ajschn06 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:36 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but that was LATE in the 4th quarter, not the 3rd. Vikes would have been in field goal range with under 2 minutes left. Saints go on to win Super Bowl. One of the biggest injustices in NFL history…

  13. nesfan1 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:37 PM

    God, I can’t read this site anymore. It’s possible the 3 or 7 points could have been the difference in the game, but unless it’s a last second play, you can’t predict how the rest of the game would turn out. That’s why I never get hung up on missed calls, mistakes, etc. during a game – just because a play HAD been made or a call HAD been made doesn’t mean the rest of the game would have turned out the way it did. You can’t go back, change the past, an expect the future to play out the same way.

  14. bigjdve says: Mar 7, 2012 1:37 PM

    coulda woulda shoulda.

    You can’t change what happened. You can’t really even speculate. Could be that the Saints would’ve still went and scored again, maybe even a TD that doesn’t allow for OT.

    It is a shame the call was missed, but that is part of the game.

  15. zn0rseman says: Mar 7, 2012 1:39 PM

    A buddy of mine who is a Saints fan was trying temper my disgust at his team by saying that the Vikings will probably get the Saints first round pick because their despicable bounties likely cost the Vikings a Super Bowl win.

    First off, I don’t think that will happen, but if it does, let me speak on the behalf of all Viking fans and football fans in general when I say that a friggin draft pick is not worth a Lombardi Trophy. So while a draft pick is welcome, it in no way will temper the disgust I feel toward the Saints, their illegal bounties and hits, and maybe most importantly, the horrible officiating which propagated it.

  16. anarchopurplism says: Mar 7, 2012 1:43 PM

    Vikings lost for the following reasons:
    -Fumbles (untimely on good marches & redzone one by AD before half was a crusher)

    -Favre INT at end of regulation (not trusting his kicker by throwing ball away & inability to run for 1st down)

    -HORRIBLE Game management by Head Coach Brad Childress (calling a timeout after chains moved and Saints on their heals, 12th man in the huddle & general sideline chaos which was typical in more than 1 playoff game). We know that Chilly is not a general

    That is the bottom line of why the Vikes lost.

    It does sting that:
    -Calls were missed by the refs. That missed call by Morelli was huge & obvious even during live play

    -HORRIBLE calls in OT: phantom Ben Leber pass interference. 1st down on a replay of a ball spot which was VERY GRAY……how you move the chains in a situation like that is crazy.

    You just don’t make a few controversial calls, move the ball down the field and then allow a game winning FG in overtime.

    -Bounties. Clearly they made a difference. Obviously NO played dirty & got away with it

    It has to sting to see those things, whether you are a fan or not. If you hate the Vikes, then it is funny. If you are neutral and a fan of the league itself…….none of us should want that.

    Ultimately, I lay full responsibility on the Vikings. If you dominate a team, you should not put yourself in a position to let a few bad calls, a few cheap shots, self-inflicted turnovers & the other team make a few key plays lose you the game.

  17. Dusty says: Mar 7, 2012 1:43 PM

    The hit happened in the fourth, ajschn06. The pick that broke the heart of all Vikings fans hearts happened in the fourth when Favre had already been hobbled.

  18. josiewales69 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:43 PM

    how much was the bounty the ref’s placed on that game?they are just as guilty.

  19. Dusty says: Mar 7, 2012 1:44 PM

    can’t happen this year, zn0rseman, saint’s don’t have a 1st rounder. it’s already promised to the pats

  20. babetruth says: Mar 7, 2012 1:46 PM

    I am neither a Saints fan or Vikings, but I am NFL fan. I think everyone should question Mr. Morelli he keeps getting these imporant games to officiate. Pete Morelli should be fired. Period. Not just for this issue, but how many times has he apologized for blown or missed calls. He blew the call on Polamalu’s interception in the AFC Championship game against the Colts. Rather than focusing on the “bounty” systems that may have been employed by some teams, they should be looking at improving quality control for all NFL officials. If it is a clean hit it is football, if it is a late hit it is 15 years, if is a flagrant foul with intent to injure it is an ejection. Problem solved.

  21. Wisconsin77 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:49 PM

    The phanton pass INT call in OT against the Vikings on a Saints 3rd down was actually the worst call/non call of the game.

  22. westclaims says: Mar 7, 2012 1:49 PM

    After 9/11, it was all Patriots. After Katrina, it was all Saints. Pretty obvious.

  23. ejmat2 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:54 PM

    patfic15 says:
    Mar 7, 2012 1:29 PM
    Blah, Blah, Blah…Saints still are the champs that year. Get over it. As for everything, Saints couldn’t tackle thin air (in the form of Lynch and Davis) last two years and the defense blew. As a Saints fan, I am ecstatic that Williams is gone. As an NFL fan, I think this is enough. I mean let’s go back and fine LT and the Steel curtain while we ‘re at it. I am sure that they made a wager or two.
    —————————————–
    Typical Saint fan response and the fact the REST of the league and their fans know and agree that game had not only 1 missed call but MANY missed calls. 4 of which was in OT when you guys moved the ball about 9 yards in total but were credited for about 40 to set up the winning FG. 3 of those terrible calls in OT would have changed possession. So keep gloating about your superbowl win if you want. Everyone else knows it will now be forever tainted and all you fans will go back to wearing bags over your heads soon enough.

  24. rajbais says: Mar 7, 2012 1:55 PM

    Buzz Bissinger is correct by saying that “Peter King does have his head up his own ass and is kissing Favre’s too!!!!”

    Peter distracted the Saints with the Gregg Williams’ departure and is currently doing so with Williams’ past!!!!!

  25. ningenito78 says: Mar 7, 2012 1:56 PM

    You know I respect this blog, Peter King, and a lot of the other people that are writing/talking about this Bountygate stuff. But all this reflecting about how the Vikings should have won and were robbed and the Saints SB is now tainted need to get a freakin grip. The Saints were physical and won the game fair and square. The worst officiated game in history? Go watch the tape of the Steelers-Seahawks SB. I don’t hear anybody saying the Steelers SB was ‘tainted’. Way way WAY too much being made of this. All you guys screaming for heads to roll sorry. Your team did the same damn thing. They just didn’t get CAUGHT.

  26. bobbyhoying says: Mar 7, 2012 1:57 PM

    So maybe the refs were getting paid bounties too.

  27. mactruman says: Mar 7, 2012 2:05 PM

    Many people have forgotten that, due to Childress putting 12 players in the huddle, Minnesota had the ball at the 39-yard line. That is a 57-yard field goal. Longwell told the coaches that his range for that day was 54 yards. Thus, the Vikings felt that had to make a play to get into field goal range. But for the penalty, the Vikes would have run again and gone for a 52-yard or less field goal. As for the play itself, Favre said after the game that running for it was not an option because his ankle and hamstring (also badly bruised from a Saints hit) were “killing him.” Replays also show that Rice was open for a moment, but the ball took too long to get there (perhaps due to Favre’s inability to fully plant on his severely-injured ankle). So the illegal high-low hit also had a direct impact on that one fateful play.

  28. purplengold says: Mar 7, 2012 2:11 PM

    Give the Vikes the Saint’s first round pick next year.

  29. canadianvikingfaniii says: Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    The Saints cheated, the refs turned a blind eye and there were a enough turnovers to lose the game which they did, and even the 12 man huddle goof.

    But there is still one man on that Vikings team not named Childress who I resent.

    Bernard Berrian, why did you fumble in the redzone..

  30. packerfan1000 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    It’s entirely possible that the Vikings, not the Saints, would have gone onto the Super Bowl if Morelli hadn’t blown that call.
    —————————–
    Finally someone other than Viking fans are pointing this out!!!!

    ——————-

    It’s also entirely possible that the Vikings, not the Saints, would have gone onto the Super Bowl if the Vikings had not screwed it up for themselves multiple, multiple times throughout the remainder of the game.

  31. theytukrjobs says: Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    This is clearly the most tainted super bowl victory of all time. To be a Vikings fan, and watch your team lose that way, is very frustrating. Fans of other teams can’t understand this because nothing like this has ever happened. Not remotely close.

    The Saints coaches and management orchestrated a system that used an illegal financial incentive to motivate their players to intentionally break the rules for a competitive advantage. Coaches and players were essentially gambling under the table money on prop bets relating to games that they were playing. They tried to deny it. They have been caught red handed.

    The Super Bowl should be striken from the record, a permanent black mark and reminder of what happens when an organization disgraces the game to gain competitive advantage.

  32. packhawk04 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM

    Too bad the vikings pissed down their leg shooting themselves in the foot all game fumbling away scoring chance after scoring chance.

    Oh wait, whats the new excuse today?

  33. crabboil says: Mar 7, 2012 2:14 PM

    Please don’t give the Crykings more ammo. Man alive, if they don’t have 12 men in the huddle they win the game. That particular team just couldn’t get it together so they lost. Deal with it.

    And Ben Leber not only kicked Dave Thomas’ foot, he stepped on it.

    Get over yourselves, losers.

  34. cwmorga says: Mar 7, 2012 2:18 PM

    Hilarious to see fans cry about the refs despite the fact that their team turned the ball over 5 times, including once inside the opponent’s 10 yard line following a muffed punt and another that prevented a game winning field goal attempt.

    I guess it makes people feel better to blame refs/fate/bad luck for losses and not their team’s ineptitude.

  35. ronmexico4life says: Mar 7, 2012 2:21 PM

    do you people really think that had the saints not had these incentives that they wouldn’t have blitzed as much? That they wouldn’t have tried to hit an elderly qb as much as possible in a game to go to the sb?? That they’re the only team who makes sure to get as manty hits on the qb as possible?? Seriously, you vikings fan have got to be the softest fans in the league

  36. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 7, 2012 2:27 PM

    Boohoo, stop crying vikes fans IT’S OVER they are not gonna replay the game or bring back farve and manning for a SB redo. So just stop.

  37. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 7, 2012 2:33 PM

    Enough of this.

    Brees was hit late in that game also.

    Problem is, Favre was old and brittle and LOST. In addition, several websites, this one included as the major culprit, could not get past the Viking losing that game.

    Look at the game tape. Brees got hit late, got hit hard and got hit on a high/low play. But he won the game!

  38. ronin36 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:38 PM

    Blatantly missed calls are in every game, everywhere.

    In the play-offs there’s an unwritten “let them play” mentality.

    While the late hit on Favre was a blatant missed call, it’s not the only one.

    The NFL needs to get play calling consistent. If they need a extra officials. If they need extra training. So be it.

    If a hit like the one mentioned is a foul. It better be a foul for every game, no matter who the QB is, no matter who the defender is.

  39. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 7, 2012 2:46 PM

    ningenito78 says:
    Mar 7, 2012 1:56 PM
    You know I respect this blog, Peter King, and a lot of the other people that are writing/talking about this Bountygate stuff. But all this reflecting about how the Vikings should have won and were robbed and the Saints SB is now tainted need to get a freakin grip. The Saints were physical and won the game fair and square. The worst officiated game in history? Go watch the tape of the Steelers-Seahawks SB. I don’t hear anybody saying the Steelers SB was ‘tainted’. Way way WAY too much being made of this. All you guys screaming for heads to roll sorry. Your team did the same damn thing. They just didn’t get CAUGHT
    ————-
    insert spygate too while you’re at it

  40. fwippel says: Mar 7, 2012 2:50 PM

    As a Viking fan, this is only rubbing salt in the wounds. The Saints aren’t going to have their title taken away from them, and even if they did, you can’t go back and replay the Super Bowl between two different teams. It’s done. Is it tainted? Let the historians figure that out.

    Punishment for those involved? Absolutely. Revenge the next time the Saints play the Vikings? That’d be fine with me. Suspensions for Sean Payton, Gregg Williams and others? I sure hope so.

    But the Saints won the Super Bowl, and there isn’t anything that’s going to change that. Just like the Steelers of the ”70s who got away with steroid use, no one took their titles away, and no one’s going to take the Saints title away either.

  41. bozosforall says: Mar 7, 2012 2:50 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM
    This is clearly the most tainted super bowl victory of all time. To be a Vikings fan, and watch your team lose that way, is very frustrating. Fans of other teams can’t understand this because nothing like this has ever happened. Not remotely close.

    The Saints coaches and management orchestrated a system that used an illegal financial incentive to motivate their players to intentionally break the rules for a competitive advantage. Coaches and players were essentially gambling under the table money on prop bets relating to games that they were playing. They tried to deny it. They have been caught red handed.

    The Super Bowl should be striken from the record, a permanent black mark and reminder of what happens when an organization disgraces the game to gain competitive advantage.

    __
    In that case, add the three Spygate SB “wins” to that “striken from the record” thing.

  42. vikesfansteve says: Mar 7, 2012 2:52 PM

    Once again check Morelli’s bank account and major purchases around that time. He is dirty. It’s going to come out the fix was in.

  43. tropboi11 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:52 PM

    That was one of the worst football games to watch as a fan of the NFL, late illegal hits that dont get flagged, and when they do call a penalty they are more than questionable, but everyone is so caught up in this game that happened years ago, just this past playoff game the Saints vs Lions had some of the worst missed calls and the worst calls, do the refs still feel bad about Katrina? They already got their super bowl out of it

  44. tluke25 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:54 PM

    westclaims says: Mar 7, 2012 1:49 PM

    After 9/11, it was all Patriots. After Katrina, it was all Saints. Pretty obvious.
    ———————————-
    No it’s not pretty obvious. It’s pretty dumb. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the NFL to hand a free Lombardi to a New York team after 9/11? Believe me, it would have been 1,000 times more sentimental if that would have happened.

  45. ebeg420 says: Mar 7, 2012 2:58 PM

    Somewhere, Tim Donaghue is proud

  46. purple4reak says: Mar 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    Check Morelli and crews 2010 bank statements, NFL. Or are you afraid of more ugly truth?!? Hey twit screeners, how ’bout letting this one through?

  47. djjasonpaul says: Mar 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    Favre needs to gets lost already. The guy has been a pest in the side of teams for the last 5 years of his playing and should of just retired as a Packer. The guy just has to be in the spot light, now this bounty program comes out and I am sure Brett will be on every show he can to talk about how hard he was hit and how it hurt.. GTFO Favre!

  48. cags777 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:01 PM

    Again, I am going to challenge the author of this article to name the “few hits” that resulted in flags. I remember only one flag being thrown against Favre for roughing the quarterback – resulting in a couple of measly fines.

  49. thesaintly1 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:03 PM

    haha- this site needs to change its name to “Pro Viking Talk”

    Since the 2009 NFCCG, every article appearing on this site about the game complains, whines, belly-aches about the “injustice” that Golden Boi Favre didnt make the Superbowl.

    We Saints fans love it. Keep em coming.

  50. patfic15 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    I’m so excited that announcers will have something besides katrina to talk about during games. Thanks Gregg!! Who dat!!!

  51. baddegg says: Mar 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    I didn’t think it was possible, but I’m starting to think that the Saints championship will be more tainted than the Patriots Spygate Championship.

  52. dcviking says: Mar 7, 2012 3:07 PM

    While I’m happy the bounty issue has been brought to light.

    The Vikings still had plenty of chances to win the game and lost because of their own mistakes — but I do believe the inury played part in Favres final pick.

    The Saints should be penalized, but so should the refs — they were terrible.

    Also, given the number of cheap shots at Favre, the Vikings should have responded with a few late hits on Brees.

  53. geezohman says: Mar 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    A large mood in the country, with media support was for New Orleans to win, all the hurt from Hurricane Katrina was talked about

  54. cags777 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    It’s funny how some on this board are saying that it’s all Vikings fans complaining about the end result. There are fans from other teams who’s eyes were wide open then and are telling it like it is. For those saying “get over it”, had this been your team, you would be just as angry and hollering for justice. So spare us with the hypocrisy and lectures and open your eyes that this game (along with the Cardinals game) were tainted victories. To deny this means you are just as arrogant as the Saints players, coaches, as well as those condoning Spygate.

  55. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 7, 2012 3:18 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    Mar 7, 2012 2:12 PM
    This is clearly the most tainted super bowl victory of all time. To be a Vikings fan, and watch your team lose that way, is very frustrating. Fans of other teams can’t understand this because nothing like this has ever happened. Not remotely close.

    The Saints coaches and management orchestrated a system that used an illegal financial incentive to motivate their players to intentionally break the rules for a competitive advantage. Coaches and players were essentially gambling under the table money on prop bets relating to games that they were playing. They tried to deny it. They have been caught red handed.

    The Super Bowl should be striken from the record, a permanent black mark and reminder of what happens when an organization disgraces the game to gain competitive advantage.

     ——————

    Ahahahahaha C’mon man your team lost and it wasn’t bc of bounties its bc the Saints were the better team that day.

  56. rbirving says: Mar 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I don’t want their trophy and I don’t want their draft picks… well okay the draft picks would be sweet.

    Just hand down the penalties and for god’s sake get these old men off the field and put full time refs in the games and start fining the refs for missed calls.

  57. salmen76 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:21 PM

    Ha Ha. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda! Wha Wha Wha. And if “if” was a skiff we’d all go for a boat ride! Ha Ha. Quit living in the past boys. The time machine ain’t been invented yet so the way i see it the Saints are and always will be Super Bowl 44 Champions. Yall just can’t take it and that makes it YOUR problem. I love being a Saints fan even more today than i did yesterday. Favre and Warner got pounded into retirement with the battering they got from my Saints. And Charles Barkley says Favre had it coming. And i agree! One of my life-policies i go by is “never feel sorry for a millionaire”. And i never will. And the Saints will host and win the Super Bowl this year in the Superdome. How do yall like them apples? Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  58. jonny42671 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:25 PM

    Funny how the Saints and Packer fans like to stick together.

  59. 2dollarpbrs says: Mar 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    Does this attention ho ever shut up?

    Take a day off Brett…..

  60. panther17 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:34 PM

    They were robbed but nothing we can do about it now. Figures saints Super Bowl would be tainted.

  61. bozosforall says: Mar 7, 2012 3:35 PM

    tluke25 says:
    Mar 7, 2012 2:54 PM
    westclaims says: Mar 7, 2012 1:49 PM

    After 9/11, it was all Patriots. After Katrina, it was all Saints. Pretty obvious.
    ———————————-
    No it’s not pretty obvious. It’s pretty dumb. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the NFL to hand a free Lombardi to a New York team after 9/11? Believe me, it would have been 1,000 times more sentimental if that would have happened.

    __
    Not really. Prez Bush has roots in New England and the name “Patriots”, along with the red/white/blue color scheme was a much more appealing option to those in charge. Besides, NYC wasn’t the only place hit on 9/11, moron.

  62. raidersfreak says: Mar 7, 2012 3:45 PM

    This might sound dumb but when the NFL has National media attention for the worse Rodger Goodell will hit the panic button and award 2 cities expansion teams or sumthing crazy to divert attention away from the media on this subject.

    I know lame analogy of the crisis but I tried to think of some thing here.

  63. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 7, 2012 3:47 PM

    I have a feeling the media is going to run with this story so much that people are going to get tired of hearing about it and finally realize that a few thousand dollars aren’t going to be the difference in an NFL game’s outcome.

  64. cobaltdriver says: Mar 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    Boohoo, stop crying vikes fans IT’S OVER they are not gonna replay the game or bring back farve and manning for a SB redo. So just stop.

    too late..they ‘ve been bawling since 1975 in the supposed “push off”game. Get used to it..unless the NFL does them a favor and gives them a gift wrapped Lombardi trophy just to get them to shut up already! Wishful thinking.

  65. stavreafavre says: Mar 7, 2012 3:56 PM

    …would have gone on to the Super Bowl, where they inevitably would have lost.

  66. bmue42 says: Mar 7, 2012 3:57 PM

    will some one please call the whambulence….so they can bring a big box of tampons to all vikings boohooers, whaaa! whaaa!

  67. muskyhunter2542 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:01 PM

    As a Packer fan I think that the Vikings should have won that game!!!

  68. coolzog says: Mar 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    I think one poster said it best when he said that aside from the non-call on the high low hit (which was at least a 10-point non-call on its own), the refs handed the saints a victory in OT with one of the worst officiated “drives” ever.

    From the bogus Leber pass interference, to the poor spot, to the Colston non-catch. That drive was all refs. So don’t tell me the Saints deserved to win. This one OT drive changed the rules for the whole league because it was such an embarassment for the NFL.

    As a Vikes fan, the fact that we turned the ball over as much as we did (in the redzone no less) and still should have won (were it not for the refs), speak to how much we dominated the Saints that day in every other aspect of the game.

  69. burrito12 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    Wait a minute, didn’t many fans, mainly Viking fans claim the game was fixed to cater to Brent Favre when he was a Packer? But now, all of the sudden, the NFL doesn’t want Brent to succeed because he was a member of the Vikings and New Orleans had to go to the Super Bowl so they could fully recover from the Katrina?

  70. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    In light of all this, I’m sure everyone in the NFL is silently thanking the 49ers for beating the Saints in the divisional round this past season. The Saints probably would’ve beaten the Giants in the NFC title game and would have made this scandal that much uglier if they had then beaten the Patriots… 2 Super Bowl Championships in the 3 years under investigation would have really put a black eye on the sport.

  71. farmmbig says: Mar 7, 2012 4:12 PM

    Spare the criticism toward us (Vikings/MN) fans– As indicated by many other fanbases– That game had several moments of skepticism in its handling by EVERYONE— including our head coach, Brad Childress (12 men in the huddle), and the Vikings team (ample turnovers).

    Our market’s NBA team (Timberwolves) were made an example upon following an underhanded deal for Joe Smith—

    Much like the Saints– The Timberwolves had finally found some consistent success and a top player (Kevin Garnett)… When the commissioner found out about the Joe Smith deal, fines and MULTI-YEAR draft picks were stripped away– ultimately sending the team back into basement standings…

    Nobody felt sorry for Minnesota– We didn’t complain about the punishment!— All I hear now from Saint fans is how such deals (underhanded money) occur everywhere and that it’s not that big of a deal….. As if THEY are the victims in all of this?

    And another thing from Minnesota– We had a final Four NCAA team that had its banner removed when a player (academic) cheating scandal was uncovered.

    Anyone feel sorry for us?…. Hell no!

    So if Saints fans want to shrug their shoulder and blow-off this condirmed (after originally lying) scandal…. they can GFY!

  72. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 7, 2012 4:13 PM

    purplengold says:
    Mar 7, 2012 2:11 PM
    Give the Vikes the Saint’s first round pick next year.

     ……………

    Why? So they can skip their turn in the draft AGAIN? Cry me a river!

  73. mactruman says: Mar 7, 2012 4:13 PM

    I don’t see how people can use this story as an example of Favre being an attention grabber. Peter King has been out front on this story. The Vilma bounty on Favre was a major finding by the NFL. Favre did not insert himself into the story. Peter King, being a good journalist, asked Favre for his reaction. Frankly, Favre gave him a relatively muted response. He said he wasn’t even mad about. Hardly something a headline grabber would say.

    As the years pass and we look back at Favre more objectively, I think people will increasingly come to realize that the media was a lot more obsessed with Favre than Favre was with the media.

  74. purplehayseuss says: Mar 7, 2012 4:24 PM

    Ultimately, I lay full responsibility on the Vikings. If you dominate a team, you should not put yourself in a position to let a few bad calls, a few cheap shots, self-inflicted turnovers & the other team make a few key plays lose you the game.

    ***

    This game is not played by ONE team, but TWO teams. “Putting yourself in a position” is a great point, but the opponent’s plan is to “Take you out of position”. That’s the game in a nutshell, right?

    Fair play has a level playing field, rules, cooperation with the rules AND officiating that insures equal application of the rules to BOTH teams.

    In the 09 NFCC, there was a level field and rules. There wasn’t cooperation with the rules by admission of the Saints organization and NOW a long-time NFL referee comes forward to state that there were many blown calls throughout the game.

    Are you a golfer? How about if, rather than the pastoral scenery and the solo player battling his/her own head, and using their own skill to ‘put him/herself in position’ to score well, we had this sequence:

    The hush – the golfer studying the shot – the address – the backswing/screams from the gallery/cups of beer thrown at the golfer/ someone shouting “Noonan!” – the ball arcing down toward the hole, landing in front of the green – a Tournament Marshall walking casually up to the ball and kicking it into the bunker and walking away, whistling – next camera shot is the golfer getting up off the turf and limping while fans of his opponent run back under the ropes.

    Golf is “putting yourself in position to win”. Football is getting the better of your opponent with superior talent, teamwork and desire. While they do it to you.

    And it’s not necessarily about ‘domination’. It’s about winning. If you have to break rules and hurt people to ‘dominate’, then your ‘win’ is tainted. You don’t belong in the game.

  75. bigmoney98 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    For as much as I hated the Favre retirement drama, this is a reminder of how tough an sob he was. Probably the last of the old school players.

  76. captaintriumph says: Mar 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    The most one-sided officiating I have ever seen. Let’s skip the late hits and go to the overtime, in which the Saints got the ball first and kicked a 41-yd FG. The bad calls in OT: 1) Favorable spot for Saints on 3rd down. 2) On 4th & 1 Saints runner leaps over the line, Viking defender times jump perfectly, hits helmet on ball at height of jump causing fumble, but ref inexplicably gives him ‘forward progress’ and the first down. 3) Jared Allen is tackled from behind directly in front of Brees (no flag)…who throws ball away way over receivers head and to opposite shoulder, receiver simply spins around and flops since there’s no way to catch the ball, Viking defender never made any contact whatsoever anyway, but refs still calls pass interference. 5) Saints receiver bobbles ball and traps it on ground, but refs uphold reception on replay. THIS WAS ALL IN THE FIRST AND ONLY POSSESSION IN OVERTIME. Clearly they didn’t want Favre to have a chance at the ball. And no wonder NFL Network won’t replay the game – it was fixed.

  77. vikingdoode says: Mar 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    Never allow the refs determine an out come. With all that Vikings were one two plays away kicking a field goal and winning. They choked too bad! What hurts is the wounds that are open salt is being poured on them again…..

  78. threedeep1998 says: Mar 7, 2012 4:42 PM

    Dear NFL – Minneapolis had a bridge collapse on 35W right by the metrdome and took several lives, injured many, and made traffic hell for a year. Shouldn’t Minnesota get a superbowl?

    Do it for the victims of 8/1/07!!

    ::insert sarcasm here::

  79. troybuet says: Mar 7, 2012 4:46 PM

    Really how can u say the saints were cheating? The officiating blew the game for the Vikings, not the saints. Who cares if they had a bounty pool, i don’t see it as a form of cheating, it doesn’t help u win games. It wouldn’t surprise me if every team had some form of bounty system; it just happens to be that Williams is stupid enough to document it. This is football; u hit as hard as u can to cause turnovers especially in the playoffs.

  80. farmmbig says: Mar 7, 2012 5:02 PM

    Let me suggest the NFL strip away New Orleans as next year’s Host City for the Super Bowl— And let Metrodump host it one last time– with proceeds from the game going toward a new Minnesota Stadium!

    I’d be satisfied… who’s with me? (like below).

  81. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 7, 2012 5:14 PM

    Vikes had every chance to win that game going away. Fumble after fumble cost them that win. However, if I’m one of the D- lineman I for sure put a beating on Bree’s after what Favre went through. Too bad we had to lose that one. Best year the Vikes had in a long time. Skol

  82. veetan says: Mar 7, 2012 6:32 PM

    Missed call? Too bad!

    I’m getting disgusted with all the high and mighty people who are acting appauled that NFL players actually try taking the opposition out. Wake up! That’s been a part of every sport forever. Almost every team in every sport has enforcers. (Mean Joe, Jack Tatum, Conrad Dobler, L.T., Romonowski, etc., etc., etc.) Its a violent sport full of roid raged maniacs trying to inflict pain and suffering on every play.

    Everybody cheers at the brutality in the NFL. Remember the wildly popular, “Jacked Up” segment on MNF a few years ago? All this situation in N.O. did was expose the underbelly of an extraordinarily violent “sport” that we all knew was there – but now feign disgust so we feel better about our own blood-lust.

    I hope they go on to win the SuperBowl at home with their highly talented team mostly still in tact, but now out to prove something.

  83. anarchopurplism says: Mar 7, 2012 6:38 PM

    purplehayseuss says:
    Mar 7, 2012 4:24 PM
    Ultimately, I lay full responsibility on the Vikings. If you dominate a team, you should not put yourself in a position to let a few bad calls, a few cheap shots, self-inflicted turnovers & the other team make a few key plays lose you the game.

    ***

    This game is not played by ONE team, but TWO teams. “Putting yourself in a position” is a great point, but the opponent’s plan is to “Take you out of position”. That’s the game in a nutshell, right?

    Fair play has a level playing field, rules, cooperation with the rules AND officiating that insures equal application of the rules to BOTH teams.

    In the 09 NFCC, there was a level field and rules. There wasn’t cooperation with the rules by admission of the Saints organization and NOW a long-time NFL referee comes forward to state that there were many blown calls throughout the game.

    Are you a golfer? How about if, rather than the pastoral scenery and the solo player battling his/her own head, and using their own skill to ‘put him/herself in position’ to score well, we had this sequence:

    The hush – the golfer studying the shot – the address – the backswing/screams from the gallery/cups of beer thrown at the golfer/ someone shouting “Noonan!” – the ball arcing down toward the hole, landing in front of the green – a Tournament Marshall walking casually up to the ball and kicking it into the bunker and walking away, whistling – next camera shot is the golfer getting up off the turf and limping while fans of his opponent run back under the ropes.

    Golf is “putting yourself in position to win”. Football is getting the better of your opponent with superior talent, teamwork and desire. While they do it to you.

    And it’s not necessarily about ‘domination’. It’s about winning. If you have to break rules and hurt people to ‘dominate’, then your ‘win’ is tainted. You don’t belong in the game.
    *******************************************

    Dude I get the whole idea that the sport of football is a battle of competing wills between 2 teams.

    The point I was making was that the Vikings CANNOT blame the game on bad calls by the refs or cheap shots by the opponent. In case you had not noticed, a lot of Vikings fans feel that way.

    Dan Barreiro went on ad nauseum about this topic: give credit to the opponent. Sorry….but I will NOT give credit to the Saints for the fumbled exchange between Favre & AD prior to halftime. Will you really give credit to the defense for that?

    The reality is that each game in sports has its own story. Sometimes, teams make unforced errors & do not perform up to their abilities. Anyone of sound mind who watched that complete game saw a Vikings team that was moving the ball very well against the Saints, only to make a critical mistake. They “looked like the better team” if you will.

    The Saints won the game! Happy? Does somehow the victory mean less if you say: “boy the Vikings really made a lot of critical mistakes that really favored the Saints chances to win.”

    (YAWN)

    I am boring myself over here!

  84. ejmat2 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:42 PM

    crabboil says:
    Mar 7, 2012 2:14 PM
    Please don’t give the Crykings more ammo. Man alive, if they don’t have 12 men in the huddle they win the game. That particular team just couldn’t get it together so they lost. Deal with it.

    And Ben Leber not only kicked Dave Thomas’ foot, he stepped on it.

    Get over yourselves, losers.
    —————————————
    Really???? What replay did you happen to watch. The very first thing that should have been looked at is if Leber was guilty of PI. That is questionable. The next part of the equation is was the ball catchable? That there is no question it wasn’t. That should never have been PI. Nor should there have been the other 3 “so-called” first downs in OT. Anyone can call it crying or whatever it is you want to. The FACT is the refs blew those calls that heavily favored the outcome of the game.

    Now, yes the Vikings can be blamed for the turnovers, the 12 man penalty. That is true and no denying it. However, the Saints can be blamed for hitting Favre unnecessarily several times and the refs can be blamed for letting that happen several times without throwing a flag.

    Fact is the Vikings should have won the game even with the turnovers but they didn’t because of all of the above. Saints won they have their superbowl. But now it is in fact tainted and the rest of the league knows it. If it weren’t wrong then why are people like Sharper trying to deny it? Because they KNOW it was wrong to do what they did. In fact, the DC himself admitted it was wrong. So keep bashing Viking fans if you want. Look at the FACTS. The FACTS suggest Viking fans are 100% correct.

  85. ejmat2 says: Mar 7, 2012 6:45 PM

    troybuet says:
    Mar 7, 2012 4:46 PM
    Really how can u say the saints were cheating? The officiating blew the game for the Vikings, not the saints. Who cares if they had a bounty pool, i don’t see it as a form of cheating, it doesn’t help u win games. It wouldn’t surprise me if every team had some form of bounty system; it just happens to be that Williams is stupid enough to document it. This is football; u hit as hard as u can to cause turnovers especially in the playoffs.
    ————————————
    BS if you don’t think purposely out to injure someone has nothing to do with the outcome of that game. The several beatings Favre took after he passed the ball or handed it off led to the poor INT throw as well as the last INT where if healthy he could have ran for about 15 yards down the sideline. You don’t believe me, whatch the replay. So I highly disagree with your statement it doesn’t help you win games. Facts of this game suggest otherwise.

  86. dd393 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:21 PM

    Thank God! A Brett Favre report. The earth can begin spinning once again.

  87. troybuet says: Mar 7, 2012 10:12 PM

    Brett farve run for 15 yards lol ya right maybe 10 years ago

  88. n001363 says: Mar 7, 2012 10:40 PM

    More stupid comments from Saints fans about living in the past. You have no idea how much America hates your team right now. Your team might as well be stocked full of child molesters. Oh yeah, stupid me, you would all be alright with that. Losers!

  89. vikingsgohard says: Mar 7, 2012 11:03 PM

    i cant wait for Brees (the new golden boy) to leave the “Aint’s” next year (no contract /tarnished team) LOL …so they can go back ta wearing bags….
    on the actual topic …this is really about the saints Vikes game this is about the NFL and sportsmanship …or the lack there of? …

  90. catdaddy23 says: Mar 8, 2012 12:29 AM

    Get over it. This game was played over 2 years ago. When Roger lays down the law we still won’t be as bad as the Vikings. Might think about about bringing in Manning and 52 other free agents then you may have a chance. WhoDat Nation!!!!!!

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