Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

With voodoo dolls, cookies Saints fans protest missed call

With voodoo dolls, cookies Saints fans protest missed call

Bill Vinovich was the head of the NFL Officiating crew that blew the pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angles Rams.

In a legal filing, NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said replaying even a few minutes of the NFC championship game because of a missed passed interference call would force a delay for an event that demands an investment of "more than $100 million", the New Orleans Advocate reported.

The NFL all but acknowledged the bad call however, fining Robey-Coleman $26,739 for an illegal hit earlier this week.

Although Saints coach Sean Payton said the league did admit to him that two penalties should have been called, the NFL still hasn't released a public statement. It appeared Lewis was in good position to catch the ball, but Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman barreled into him and appeared to hit him with his helmet.

Days removed from the controversy in New Orleans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to speak out. I made a football play.

"The one thing I respect about the refs today is they let the guys play", he said, according to USA Today.

"It's gonna take me awhile to get over that", Rep. Steve Scalise, also of Louisiana, said in reference to the same no-call. Darrell Guillory filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all ticket-holders against the NFL.

But whether the Saints - and their fans - are ready to move on is another matter.

Instead of that, based on the no-call, the Rams were able to charge down the field after Will Lutz kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:45 left in regulation.

"We all realize that football is an imperfect game, played, coached and officiated by imperfect people", Watson, who played his last NFL game in the 26-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, wrote in a note he shared on Twitter.

"It really is a taint upon the Super Bowl", Cassidy continued.

The Saints' now-infamous no-call saga continues.

They're not done talking about it in New Orleans, however.

The Rams will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on February 3 in Atlanta.

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