Jimmy Buffett shows up on stage in New Orleans as a blind referee

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New Orleans may have embraced the draft, but New Orleans still hasn’t forgotten about the NFC Championship game.

Via Karen Swensen of WWL-TV, Jimmy Buffett took the stage at the New Orleans Jazz Festival as a blind NFL referee, complete with uniform, glasses, cane, and assistance from a pair of Saints cheerleaders.

Buffett sang the national anthem preceding the controversial playoff game that resulted in the Rams beating the Saints in overtime, after an extremely controversial non-call of pass interference late in regulation.

It’s not the first time a Jimmy Buffett performance in New Orleans made waves. Not long after the league suspended coach Sean Payton for a year under the trumped-up #Bountygate scandal in March 2012, Buffett wore a “Free Sean Payton” T-shirt during a performance that included Payton playing congas and bongos.

Saints fans are passionate about their team. It’s the kind of passion that the NFL wants its fan bases to have. And it’s the kind of passion that morphs into fury when there’s a perception/reality that the NFL is sticking it to the team about which a given fan base is passionate.

It’s a delicate spot for the league, but it’s all the more reason for the league to ensure that no fan base feels like it’s getting a raw deal. Maybe one of these days the league office will figure that out.

13 responses to “Jimmy Buffett shows up on stage in New Orleans as a blind referee

  1. Should have Brees come out and throw a 3 yards pass at Thomas’s feet..which is why they really lost the game

  2. He should have dressed up as a QB with another chance in overtime to win the game with the first possession and throw a touchdo…

    Wait…

  3. “It’s a delicate spot for the league, but it’s all the more reason for the league to ensure that no fan base feels like it’s getting a raw deal.”

    I think if you are a sports fan in general, you don’t want to feel like you’re getting robbed when watching a contest. Outside of the LA Rams fanbase, I’m sure most people watching that game knew the Saints were robbed.

  4. By the price of Jazzfest tickets this year, I can tell you he was playing for more than gumbo.

  5. There was nothing trumped up about the obvious late hits on Farve in the Championship game in 2009. Morrelli and his crew never recovered from that. Oddly, the Saints faithful have forgotten about that game. When the shoe is on the other foot, however, it is a an injustice beyond words. Hypocrisy at it’s finest. A little too much time in Margaritaville for Jimmy.

  6. Yep people it is not going away

    You know take responsibility fire people anything besides act like a child that did not beak something when your parents ask.

    The league wants to hold players to some high standards but fans expect the same of them

  7. Next, Jimmy played Pete Morelli taking a huge bribe to perform a hatchet-job on the Vikings in the 2009 NFCCG that enabled the Saints to reach the SB.

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