Three days later, no public statement from NFL about Rams-Saints

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In the immediate aftermath of the NFC Championship game, the NFL privately apologized to the Saints — and intended to publicly acknowledge the blown no-call of pass interference that robbed the Saints of a first and goal with roughly 1:49 to play. Three days later, it hasn’t happened.

And, by all appearances, it’s not going to happen. At least not this week.

Private contrition has yet to become a public confession, with the league content to implicitly concede error by discussing whether changes to the replay system can or will be made in order to avoid future similar outcomes. Per a league source, the evolution of the league’s position has gone from a willingness to admit error to a more nuanced effort (presumably to avoid suggesting that the Rams are an illegitimate Super Bowl participants) to disclose that the officials missed not only the pass interference penalty but also the facemask foul committed against Rams quarterback Jared Goff, in an effort to create the not-so-subtle impression that two wrongs made a right.

That strategy disappeared as quickly as it emerged, with the league opting instead to focus not on the mistakes but on the potential solutions, even if the league would then pivot to explaining why the potential solutions won’t work.

The league’s effort to avoid admitting effort may not work indefinitely. Although Falcons CEO Rich McKay, chairman of the Competition Committee, apparently didn’t face during a recent mini-media tour a direct, yes-or-no question as to whether the call was blown, the Commissioner will meet the media next week, and hopefully someone in attendance will ask in a narrow, specific, closed-ended way whether he will admit that a flag should have been thrown for pass interference. Then, hopefully, someone in attendance will ask in a broad, general, open-ended way what the league will do to keep this from happening to another team in the future.

For now, the same kind of siege mentality that emerged in the aftermath of the Ray Rice case has taken root in the league office, with efforts to deflect and evade and hope that the fire will burn out before it does any real damage. Maybe it will work. Maybe it won’t. By the end of next week, an answer will be obvious.

101 responses to “Three days later, no public statement from NFL about Rams-Saints

  1. Don’t hold your breath. The NFL doesn’t make statements about things it can’t spin in its favor.

  2. At this point does it really matter, we all know it was a monumental mistake and lets face it Rogers track record is not exactly transparent!

  3. It won’t work unless the media cooperate. If Goodell is asked 20 different questions about this during his presser because the media won’t back off eventually he’ll get backed into a corner, or simply run away from the presser declaring it over. The latter would make the situation worse I believe so its up to you guys.

    Go get him !

  4. I just hope New Orleans media make Roger squirm and sweat with tough questions about this at Rog’s pre-super bowl press conference.

  5. Hopefully it’s because they are busy working on a statement announcing Roger’s termination.

  6. Three days? It’s been 3-4 years and we are still waiting for a statement on the investigation into the Colts failure to disclose Andrew Luck’s broken ribs and lacerated kidney.

  7. I don’t know what a public statement accomplishes. Everyone knows they blew the call and a public statement won’t make the Saints or their fans feel any better

  8. If you are counting penalties that weren’t called throw another one on the pile for Robey. The reality is some penalties are different than others. Like say lining up off sides. Did that effect the play at all other than negating the play. There are holding calls that are not even near where the play went. Then there are phantom ruffing the passer calls. But a penalty with 1:40 left in the game with the ball in the red zone in a tie game where the player that committed the foul was barley in the play and the only thing he could do to is commit a penalty to prevent a successful play is a completely different type of penalty.

  9. Would like to thank the NFL. First for changing sport to entertainment, and now basically letting the world know that like wrestling everything is scripted. I guess with big Jim coming back to football it was only time. Please watch the games not as a fan but as and outsider. Both championships games were full with bad officiating, which is not their fault it is what the NFL wants. Thank you again many eyes were opened this weekend.

  10. Day 30. Still no response from the NFL.
    Can we drop this already? How do people still not understand there was multiple penalties missed! Not just one! And everyone single one would have changed the game

  11. That’s nothing. I’ve waited nine years for a statement about the lousy pass interference call against Ben Leber in OT in New Orleans.

  12. It is just classic – the CFL, probably worth 30 million dollars with all the teams combined has figured out a way to deal with PI calls and missed calls. The NFL worth billions is dealing with this huge black eye because it hasn’t figured out what to do. Perhaps one phone call north of the border and asking for a bit of advice is the best move.

  13. 315judman says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Blown calls are part of the game for 31 teams. The Patriots seem have some sort if immunity.
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    Did you watch KC commit defensive PI throughout the game with no flags?
    Did you see the blatant offensive pass interference in which the Patriot defender was pancaked by a Chief WR 6 yards from the line of scrimmage?
    I guess these don’t fit your narrative?

  14. The Saints are shocked — shocked — that they lost. How is that possible? It HAS TO Be somebody else’s fault. Not their fault! Somebody else’s fault. The refs! The refs threw that interception! The refs somehow kept Michael Thomas to 4 catches for 36 yards. The refs stomped their running game! It was the refs, the refs, the refs!

  15. (presumably to avoid suggesting that the Rams are an illegitimate Super Bowl participants)

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    Umm, that ship has long sailed, and it doesn’t have to be “suggested”. Having an illegitimage Super Bowl participant stings, but it is what it is.

  16. What would a public statement do? Nothing expect likely provoke more outrage over a missed call, that you can go through every game from the last 60 year and find a bad miss call to complain about. Move on already!

  17. I’ve never been much of a conspiracy theorist, but I’m surprised no one has suggested the league wanted the Rams to win. The league wanted to bring back a team to Los Angeles and it only helps them if the team succeeds.

  18. While the NFL is not as scripted as pro wrestling, Perhaps the NFL has indulges now and then in intentional manipulation and has officials “nudge” things one way or another in an attempt to produce desired outcomes and storylines.

    Giving Head Coaches the ability to use any challenge they have to challenge that either

    1) a penalty should have been called that was not
    2) a penalty that was called was wrong and should be voided

    Giving teams the ability to use challenges that they have left for the 2 scenarios above would not add any addl time to the game as they are only using challenges that they have left and would help give fans a sense that there is a check and balance mechanism to counteract any “nudging” by officials for the “preferred storyline outcome”

  19. Never seen anything like this after watching football for 45 years. The commissioner is asked to overturn the outcome of a game because of a non-call. Not a bad call, but a non-call. As some people pointed out, offensive holding can be called on every single play. If so, then there are dozens of non-calls per game that can be used as a reason to overturn the outcome of a game.

  20. Goodell clearly at fault and he knows it. Thats why he is keeping his mouth shut and its why there is a gag order on the officials involved. This is the biggest sports story in America since the Chicago Black Sox world series in 1919.
    The video shows two California officials with perfect views of an extremely obvious interference call that would have effectively ended the game. These men are well trained. No call was ‘missed’. To suggest it was a mistake is an insult to one’s intelligence.
    The video speaks for itself and it cannot be erased by Roger’s silence.

  21. This whole thing has NFL stink to it and I’m a Rams fan. No one likes going to a SB with this cloud over it. There was no guarantee the Saints would have won had the correct call be made. Now there will always be this “Rams shouldn’t have be there anyway” stigma win or lose.

  22. NFL is a disgrace and the super bowl is invalid. At least viewership will be in steep decline over last year. Watch.

  23. What exactly is this statement supposed to say? What could possibly be said that’s going to make people feel better, or get over this? This is not the first time a game has been impacted by a bad call or non-call. It’s part of the game, get over it and move on

  24. I’ve never seen a more blatant pass interference not called. And with a Super Bowl berth hanging in the balance. And with the official staring right at it. They knew it was a penalty the question is why didn’t he throw the flag? Was it a make-up for an earlier non-call? Was it pressure from the LA fans petition to remove them? Did the decision come from higher up?

  25. Dvdman…you’re right and I feel bad for the Rams because of it. The wrong team is advancing and any true fan of the game knows it. If the right call were made, Drew takes a knee 3 times, Rams burn their final timeout and Lutz kicks a game winning winning 20 yard field goal. If he misses, it goes to overtime except without the horrible stench of what actually happened.

  26. I’d like to see any other fan of any other team react any different if it happened to their team in a game to decide the super bowl…it’s incomprehensible.

  27. Get a letter like everyone else that got hosed. Funny how Saints fans are still crying but ten years ago it was, get over it. I’ll fell sorry for them when they can admit that they were helped getting to the super bowl in 2009 by blown calls and other things. Some how I think think that’s not going to happen.

    Bludat2
    Two years in a row.

  28. If people really want change then the best thing to do is not watch the games, not buy the gear, or don’t go to the games. The NFL runs on fans dollars and they seem to think we NEED them.
    Hit them in the pocket book and see how things change very quickly.

  29. Um, the Congressman from New Orleans, Cedric Richmond, who happens to be the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, just threatened to subpoena Roger Goodell to testify before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee. That’s not noise. That’s deep doodoo.

  30. jimmyjohns01 says:
    January 23, 2019 at 7:49 pm
    Routine PR move – let the mob settle first before issuing a statement.
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    Then you have the far more advanced PR move of Jerry Jones trying to do a misdirection by complaining publicly about a call that didn’t have any impact at all in the AFCCG that obviously didn’t involve his team

  31. the game was tied they took the lead on a fg and their terrible defense let the rams tie it then in ot you got the ball first and threw an int game over end of story the saints weren’t the better team that day

  32. If the NFL publicly admits the error on the pass interference no call, they would also have to publicly admit the error on the missed facemask. Where does it stop?

    It’s time for Saints fans to accept that their team lost. Sean Payton was heard saying he wanted to score a TD on that final drive of regulation as opposed to running the clock down and kicking a field goal. It was his choice to pass. His playcalling led to this outcome. The Saints won the coin toss to start OT and had yet another chance to win, They didn’t, and the Rams made a play. The Rams won the game.

    It’s time to move on. It’s Patriots vs Rams in the Super Bowl

  33. Overtime int… Fowler personal foul, hands to the face, 15 yards, automatic first down.

    Oh wait.

  34. Saints haters-This has more to do about the integrity of the game. The stats and score are trivial matters compared to having a game fairly regulated. I understand that LA is a bigger market than NOLA but I’m not sure that played a part. If this happened to your favorite team, would you go down to your local bar and party or whatever you do to celebrate? If my team won like this, I would feel bittersweet.

  35. The media and the fans need to press the NFL hard to respond to the fact that officiating in the NFL is seriously broken.

    The league is not issuing a statement on this, which means at this point that they’re good with what happened and feel no need to defend it. Regardless of team affiliation, I would think that the majority of NFL fans would have to agree that the officiating of both championship games was abysmal. In the absence of any statement to the contrary, one has to wonder if the fix was in for both games. The NFL, IMO has reached a tipping point. Are the game outcomes being influenced or not? This is a crisis for the League and they need to treat it as such.

  36. Atlantic City returned bets because they didn’t trust, in good faith, the validity of the outcome of the game.

    Talk about precedent. It’s bad people…only reason you don’t think it is, is because it wasn’t your team that got robbed.

  37. Ignore the Norse. They turned it over 5 times and put 12 men in the huddle which let Favre be Favre. Ignore the Steelers too. Leahy’s Crew gave then the SB over the Seahawks and Leahy now admits it. This was, without question, the most ridiculous non-call because it was intentional and designed to injure the player, by the defender’s admission as he smiles at the cameras.

  38. Should they publicly apologize about every single error in officiating? Probably 10 a game at least?

    Get over it. We all know it happened and they arent happy about it. Whats an apology going to do?

  39. It’s absolutely clear by video showing the one official waving off the other from throwing a flag. No doubt the NFL (No Fun League) is now just full of entertainment and the games have no real value at all. The remaining question is just how long has the NFL been fixing games?
    Is it just predetermined in the playoffs or regular season as well? Bad , bad, day for the NFL.

  40. IF the refs called delay of game on the Saints. IF the refs called facemasks on the Saints. IF the refs called holding on the Saints. The Rams would win by two touchdowns. Come on people the Saints were handled the last 3.5 quarters of the game. Be honest.

  41. They won’t say anything. Because they want one of the Rams DBs to blow up a Pats receiver if the game is close in order to screw them over so they won’t have to give the Lombardi to the Pats again. Keep an eye on how many PIs are committed against Gronk and Edelman late.

  42. Why would they? The officiating over the past decade has been horrendous but people continue to watch. Very few viewers seem to be willing to punish the NFL for any of its myriad mistakes/offenses so why would the NFL bother to say anything, even when it comes down to the integrity and outcome of their most important games?

    Ratings will be as big as ever for the SB. That’s the bottom line and that’s why they’re not saying anything.

  43. I’m not a fan of any of the teams that played in their respective championships last Sunday, but I am a football fan at heart. If you just say let it go, things happen, and get over it, then you are not a football fan in general or you just want people to stop voicing their opinions because it doesn’t apply to your team or you. That is one of many things that is wrong with our society today, ie if it doesn’t affect me then we just look the other way and let bad things happen to people.
    This could be your team getting shafted next year is why it bothers people. Also, most people know the NFL is all about money and pr and if you get in between that and them, they will bring the hammer down to squash it very quickly. Forget the teams involved, we sat and watched a player get wrecked, hit helmet to helmet, and go flying rag doll style…the NFL says or does nothing. I thought it was all about player safety NFL, that play shows us that something else really matters to you. I’m not going all foil hat, but that play starts planting seeds in people’s heads as far as what the NFL is really all about…their integrity comes in to question.
    You can think what you want about whichever bad call there was this past weekend, but something isn’t right when a guy gets facemasked, but there is no call and you look at the other game where a guy gets hit in the chest and the Refs say he was hit in the head for a penalty. Things do happen, but how many dozens of cameras are there at any given game? The NFL can get calls right, but the folks in New York need to speak up and override blown calls/no calls that the refs at the game are making. It’s almost like the NFL is more worried about calling the refs out in public then getting the calls right. Then again, here we go putting the NFL’s motives and integrity in to question.

  44. This will cost Roger Goodel his job and the NFL it’s anti-trust status. This will in effect be the beginning of the end of th NFL.

  45. give it a rest. the saints had the lead even after the missed call and weren’t able to maintain it. that’s their fault they couldn’t stop the rams. it’s their fault they couldn’t get over the bad call.

  46. All they need to do is quote Rule 17, Section 2 Extraordinary Unfair Acts, Article 2 No Club Protests – “….. The Commissioner will not apply his authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed”

    No matter how the Saints fans want to spin it, the missed call is clearly a judgment error by the official – nothing more.

  47. It is evident that the play was as blatant PI as most of us have ever seen. It is equally evident that it was just as impossible that all of the officials either missed it or misjudged it.

  48. Well that is surprising. Chiefs and saints think they deserve PR from finishing 3rd and 4th

  49. Goodel will answer the question as to what happened in that missed call at New Orleans.

    His answer will start like this…..”It was brought to my attention that Julien Edelman touched the ball and the Call was reversed. We cannot have such officiating mistakes in such important Games. I was trying to point this out to the Officials at the KC Game with my new Green Laser Pointer! The Saints will receive the Patriots 1st Round Pick and the Rams HC can throw the Red Flag should an Official miss a Call against the Patriots.”

  50. for all you saint haters out there, let me ask you a question, and please take a truth serum before answering this…The New Orleans Saints are a franchise, The New Orleans franchise of the NFL, as is the Los Angeles Rams are 1 of 2 franchises in the NFL, so if this is any other business, let say McDonalds, Burger King etc and you own it, and there is a corporate prize, bonus for the best franchise in NFC labeled franchises, and there is a criteria involved, worth a trip and millions of dollars at stake, for example based on new England’s repeated Super Bowl success, look at how the value of The new England franchise has skyrocketed, so now The new Orleans franchise basically positions itself, with the proper oversight to win that prize, but due to an official in the organization are basically chipped of the prize with millions of dollars at stake, if this is any other business, I will sue for millions of millions of dollars in revenue lost. This effects the cities bottomline, across the board. I mean, if you own this franchise you wouldn’t sue? I mean I would be suing Roger Goodell for millions of dollars, because if my franchise got chipped this revenue, this is no limit, and please be honest. How do we knos that there isn’t an underlined motives for actions and if there isn’t then Goodell should be fired for being incompetent, there is millions of dollars at stake, this is why we spend money on stadium and spend money to prevent teams from leaving cities, not to mention if the sport has no integrity, the whole league loses value…so to me Saints ownership hasn’t done enough to fight this, because I would seek an injunction on the super bowl, who should the Los Angeles lay claim to millions of dollars that I feel the New Orleans franchise is entitled to….all thru the business world, this isn’t a sandlot soccer league on a sunday morning, this is big business….respectfully eg

  51. I’ll say it for him. The Rams are an illegitimate Super Bowl team. All the balther about other calls missed, Pass plays called does not change the fact that an Officiating crew watched the play,saw what was obvious and simply and absolutely refused to call the Penalty. Deliberately,pointedly,purposefully refused.Why? Doesn’t really matter. They are essentially Referees in a Professional Wrestling Match, mere actors in a staged outcome. We tuned in to see an athletic competition. What we saw was something else.

  52. If the NFL publicly admitted the error early on (Sunday/Monday), there would have been time to replay the final 1:49 the following weekend. By keeping quiet, the NFL has negated that.

    #taintedsuperbowl

  53. They need to replay the ending of that game. Admit to the world that the NFL is not rigged like the NBA and wrestling. Otherwise they are admitting it is rigged. The Rams are illegitimate NFC champions. Cheaters.

    Fix it. Make it right.

  54. The longer it goes on without NFL comment, the more it takes on the appearance of a prime blunder they choose not to address. It is all about money. Doing the right thing is about 20 pegs down from the top it seems. A huge mistake happened and huge mistakes happen all the time in any sport, they are amplified when they happen in big games. Especially when the best of officiating crews are supposedly working those games. One must ask yourself. Are the mistakes/non-calls really about human error or are they about the big money picture? Make a statement NFL (Roger G.) and split the earnings the Rams will make on the super bowl appearance with the Saints organization in recognition of the unfortunate error.

  55. Amazing how many “football fans” refuse to see the obvious and keep making excuses for the Rams, doing the NFL’s dirty work for them for free.

    The call was blown. The Saints (barring a miracle) would have won.

    Anyone trying to argue anything else about missed calls (more calls were missed against the Saints — helmet to helmet, PI, roughing the passer) or the Saints were still ahead are being disingenuous. Even if the Saints had held on to win, that call was so bad is should cause a change in how the NFL officiates.

  56. The broadcast repeatedly replayed the angle from the sideline– behind the players– which makes the call look much more egregious than it looks in real time because the ball from this angle cannot be properly seen in relation to the arrival of the defender.

    In real time– and more importantly, from a parallel angle– it does in fact look like a bang-bang play in which the defender essentially arrives at the receiver at the same time as the ball.

    I give the NFL credit here; perhaps they are listening to their officials and actually looking at the video. It takes guts and courage to not cave and capitulate to the mob mentality that has dominated this issue since Sunday night-

  57. dejadoh says:
    January 24, 2019 at 9:03 am
    They need to replay the ending of that game. Admit to the world that the NFL is not rigged like the NBA and wrestling. Otherwise they are admitting it is rigged. The Rams are illegitimate NFC champions. Cheaters.

    ——-

    They did replay the end of the game….in overtime. And the Saints got the ball first and blew it. Stop your crying and get over it.

  58. That last paragraph sound a lot like what’s happening in the White House. As for the NFL, it’s as if there is no commissioner when something blatantly wrong happens. Goodell needs to show his face and address this issue with the Saints, the fans, and the officials. It’s not going away on its own.

  59. LOL – Not only did we make a mistake on this call but we made a mistake against the other team on that call so we’re not doubly incompetent, we’re just being fair.

  60. carloswlassiter says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:16 pm
    315judman says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Blown calls are part of the game for 31 teams. The Patriots seem have some sort if immunity.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Did you watch KC commit defensive PI throughout the game with no flags?
    Did you see the blatant offensive pass interference in which the Patriot defender was pancaked by a Chief WR 6 yards from the line of scrimmage?
    I guess these don’t fit your narrative?
    —————————————–
    The only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner.

  61. SOLUTION
    (This was suggested 1 hour after the games end – per rule 17 – and was a legitimate option, had the comissioner the courage to do what was right. As each moment passes without action, the pragmatics and logistics of this solution dissipate.)

    NEXT WEEKEND’S PRO BOWL:
    Prior to game, the Saints and Rams take the field; replay the end of the game from “no call”, making it a “called call”, then following the just resolution (completion of the game with 1:47 on the clock, and the Saints with a first down), the two all star teams play the Pro Bowl; The new and just “winner” of the NFC Championship game proceeding to the following weeks super bowl.

  62. I got turned off with baseball when the players went on strike in 1994 and never went back. Two years ago a friend asked me if I could name six Major League players. I could not.

    Basketball? All you have to do is watch the final two minutes. So I don’t.

    And now, my favorite league, the NFL. Suddenly it seems like it’s the World Wrestling Federation. For the first time ever, I question if I will watch the Super Bowl. I’m beginning to believe it’s all fixed.

    Golf? Well, at least there’s no referee (in the traditional sense) who can make a “judgment” call.

    I’m just disgusted with the whole thing.

  63. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 23, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Dvdman…you’re right and I feel bad for the Rams because of it. The wrong team is advancing and any true fan of the game knows it. If the right call were made, Drew takes a knee 3 times, Rams burn their final timeout and Lutz kicks a game winning winning 20 yard field goal. If he misses, it goes to overtime except without the horrible stench of what actually happened.

    —————-

    Not to mention that Lutz is 100% in his career on FGs 20-29yds.

  64. Whether or not you are a saints fan it should make you mad that the commissioner hasn’t said a word. No explanation at all is worse than anything. If he came out and said “tough break” or “we made a mistake but will take steps in the future to ensure this doesn’t happen again” is downright arrogant.
    There were several calls that were missed in that game for sure. That one being the biggest!
    The missed call on goff’s facemask was bad but that call was horrendous. Im actually more upset that they missed the hands to the face on the interception by Fowler on Brees. That was a clearly defining change in the game as much as the non call

  65. Yes ignore me because you can’t admit it. Yes five turnovers but we still took it to ot and you still needed the help from the refs to get to the big show.

    The better team won. You want the win because of a penalty. You still took the lead and couldn’t stop them from marching down to kick the field goal. Then in ot you couldn’t score or stop them from kicking the winning field goal.

  66. No matter what spin job statement the PR teams and lawyers come up with, the NFL will still be criticized incessantly. They also don’t want to say anything because of the irrational lawsuits by delusional Saints fans and threats by Louisiana politicians to force the NFL to testify before Congress. There’s a saying, “Anything you say can and will be used against you.”

  67. Three days later, no public statement from NFL about Rams-Saints

    ….about the missed/obvious face mask penalty that wasn’t called?

  68. I will bet that Al Riveron loses his job over this one. Publicly for oversight over the officials, but privately for immediately admitting fault on the call to Payton.

  69. Smart college football- go back and look at Florio’s 1/22 post from the end zone camera. Note how far out of the play the Rams were, how he sprints full speed and deliberately headshots the receiver , and where the ball is ( about 5 yards behind his back) when he does that, all of which he laughingly admits. It’s not a bang bang play by any stretch.

  70. The Rams and Patriots are in the Super Bowl! Refs have made bad calls before. Other teams have been screwed. It ain’t the first time. Won’t be the last. Ask the 49ers about the 1983 championship that was stolen from them. Everyone else needs to line up behind them if they have a gripe. By the way, McVay’s grandfather was GM of the 49ers. John McVay has five rings. Could have been six.

  71. People are either dense as dwarf stars or ignorant as hell. it’s not like this was a missed call,. THEY LITERALLY STOPPED PLAY TO TALK ABOUT IT, went to the booth, talked to “mr. dean blandino” who agreed it was a penalty, went back to the field where it was a no call…. this isn’t the same as a holding penalty everyone except two fans noticed. They KNEW it was a thing, they admitted it was a thing, then did the opposite.

  72. Just release the utube clip on the uncalled penalties NFCCG 09 as a rebuttal and only say You’re Welcome.

  73. GoHawks- no, about the missed head shot that knocked our tight end out, the missed hit to Brees’ head on the int, and the missed PI on Ginn.

  74. bondlake says:
    January 24, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    I got turned off with baseball when the players went on strike in 1994 and never went back. Two years ago a friend asked me if I could name six Major League players. I could not.

    Basketball? All you have to do is watch the final two minutes. So I don’t.

    And now, my favorite league, the NFL. Suddenly it seems like it’s the World Wrestling Federation. For the first time ever, I question if I will watch the Super Bowl. I’m beginning to believe it’s all fixed.

    Golf? Well, at least there’s no referee (in the traditional sense) who can make a “judgment” call.

    I’m just disgusted with the whole thing.

    ————————————————————–
    You forgot the NHL. The last league where the players play for the love of the game….not for the money they can make from it.

    Plus…the NHL has the most exciting playoff games….of any sport.

  75. Isn’t Florio supposed to be a lawyer? Does he remember that there’s actually pending litigation regarding this game? It behooves the NFL to stay mum until such litigation (and the Super Bowl) has passed.

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