Saints fans just cannot cope with that loss.
Because of one of the worse no-calls you will ever see, the Los Angeles Rams stayed alive and eventually beat New Orleans in overtime in the NFC Championship game.
Saints fans are not about to just sit back and whine about the loss like other fan bases. They are going to court.
Multiple Saints fans filed lawsuits against the NFL because they feel they were robbed, and, quite frankly, they were.
You have seen the play by now. Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman drilled Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis way too early on third-and-long late in the game. Not only was it clearly pass interference, it also should have been a helmet-to-helmet violation.
Either foul would have given the Saints a first-and -goal. They would have run the clock down to 4 seconds left and kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.
As a Bears fan, I can tell you that field goal was not a certainty, but nobody can deny the Saints were hosed when the officials kept their flags in their pockets.
One of the lawsuits calls for the NFL to replay the final 1 minute, 39 seconds of the game to see just what will happen.
When I saw that lawsuit, I got to thinking.
If the Saints fans and their lawyers were to win, it would set some great legal precedent. And it will have me running to my lawyer’s office with a laundry list of complaints.
First up is Russia. I have had a beef with those guys since 1972, and I wasn’t even born until two years later.
Russia stole the gold medal from the United States when it was allowed to replay the final seconds of the gold medal game over and over until it finally made the game-winning basket.
I bet if we file in the Ninth Circuit, where the Commie Pinkos reside, we can get a judge to right that egregious wrong tomorrow.
Next up would be the Green Bay Packers.
NFL fans are calling for more replay to fix mistakes like the no-call in New Orleans. Well, on Nov. 5, 1989, we saw just why official review should have never been invented.
On fourth down, Packers quarterback Don Majkowski ran past the line of scrimmage and threw a touchdown pass to Sterling Sharp with less than a minute left in Green Bay.
Official Jim Quirk correctly called Majkowski for the illegal forward pass, which came with a loss of down. It was Bears’ ball and time for victory formation in their 13-7 victory at Lambeau Field.
But wait, after a very long delay, replay official Bill Parkinson, whose replay view was obstructed by the souvenir cheesehead he was wearing, reversed the call, giving the Packers a tainted 14-13 “win.”
I would like to see the “Magic Man” and Parkinson in court.
A subpoena will also be heading to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons for the farce of a win they had over the Bears on Oct. 12, 2008 in Atlanta.
With 11 seconds left, Kyle Orton hit Rashied Davis for a 17-yard touchdown. Robbie Gould’s extra point put the Bears up 20-19.
However, because the hometown Atlanta clock operator was slow at the trigger, the Falcons returned a kick, completed a long pass and Jason Elam kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired for a Falcon’s win. All in 11 seconds.
The Bears missed the playoffs by one win that year, and I would like to see those dirty birds answer to that homer job under oath.
On a personal level, I want to go back to 1984 and replay the final half inning of a Northwest Little League baseball game.
I accounted for the final out of the game thanks to a blunder by umpire Keith Miller. He called me out on strikes after just two pitches, and one of them was a ball.
That is a 100 percent true story.
The first pitch was over my head, and one of my teammates scored on the wild pitch on a close play. The opposing coach argued and was nearly tossed from the game.
The commotion and threats led Miller to overlook the fact that he forgot to reset his pitch counter, and I swung and missed on the next pitch. “Strike three,” Miller said.
The game was over despite my protest.
After my day in court, I am going back to the plate sitting dead red on that 1-1 pitch.
Once I consult with my team of lawyers, I will have a bunch more sports wrongs to right in the courtroom.
The 1999 American League Championship Series will finally rightly go in the Red Sox favor once those two blown calls by pro-Yankee umpires at second base are reversed.
The 2003 Butte High boys’ basketball team will get another chance at that playoff victory by sending Cole Salo to the free throw line with tenths of a second left at Missoula Hellgate. The officials wrongly ruled that Salo was fouled after the buzzer on that one-point loss, and the television news had video proof to the contrary.
All of those blunders are at least close to as bad as the Saints no-call.
Just to prove that I am not a complete homer, though, my last lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings, a team I truly despise.
On Jan. 24, 2010, the Vikings fell 31-28 in overtime of the NFC Championship game to the Saints in New Orleans.
Even as a guy cheering for the Saints and against Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, it was easy to see that the reason why the Saints won that game was that the officials let the Saints get away with a ton of cheap shots against Favre.
It truly was brutal. This was after the “put a dress on the quarterback” era began, too. Yet for some reason, the Saints were allowed cheap shot after cheap shot against the Vikings and Favre in particular.
It was as if the officials were intentionally turning a blind eye. Maybe there is something with the lighting in the Superdome.
It also seemed like the Saints were trying to intentionally hurt Favre. As it turns out, they were.
New Orleans was busted for “Bountygate” a while later. Their coaches were paying players a little extra to hurt certain opponents. Favre, who turned 40 that season, was clearly one of them.
Favre was beaten up so much that the Saints were able to eke out that undeserved win and then go on to beat Payton Manning and the Colts in the Super Bowl.
If we get a jury with one gray hair, we will erase that NFC Championship victory for New Orleans and give the Lombardi Trophy to the Colts.
(Not even in a legal fantasy could the Vikings win a Super Bowl.)
You see, Saints fans, you are treading on some dangerous ground. Your problem is one of karma, and that cannot be litigated.
Otherwise, I would take that 1-1 pitch downtown for a walk-off home run.
— Bill Foley, a hypocrite who would have been thrown into a murderous rage if the Bears were cheated like the Saints were in the NFC Championship game, writes a column that appears Tuesdays on ButteSports.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at twitter.com/Foles74. 1 comment