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That saints game was rigged and so was the pats yet the pats still won, both games coincidentally went into overtime!
Posted: Posted January 21st, 2019
Edited January 21st, 2019 by Weid man
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Thoughts jahoy hoy, New York jer presto, and everyone else?

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Thought both were great games, but there was some pretty god awful officiating that really leaves a bad taste, especially in that Saints/Rams game. I don't think teams win or lose exclusively on one call or non-call, but that really, really hurt. The thing that's hard about that non-call is that it was so obvious and was literally text book pass interference. That clip can be shown to highlight what officials should look for. Only...neither of the refs that were watching that play saw it, somehow.

I don't think the NFL is rigged at all. (Hard to imagine the league, and Roger Goodell especially) are too keen on yet another Patriots Super Bowl. The Patriots sort of ruin what the NFL is trying to be. And I'm not entirely sure, if we had to get another one, people were stoked at the notion of a Brady/Goff matchup. (Frankly, the best matchup would be Brees/Brady, but even Brees/Mahomes would be better than Brady/Goff.)

As for the Patriots/Chiefs, there were a whoooole lot of bad calls. The refs kind of did what they could to keep the Chiefs in the game. It wasn't that the Pats didn't get the benefit of any bad calls. There was definitely one awful roughing the passer call late in the game. But, there had also been PI on the Chiefs in the same play that didn't get called, so I don't really care too much about it.

Patriots make for good Super Bowls, so, people are gonna complain, but it sounds like we might be in for another good one.

Posted January 21st, 2019 by Jet Presto
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I thought that the NFL could review controversial penaltyno penalty calls.

Posted January 22nd, 2019 by Weid man
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They can't. I don't know if the CFL can. I know Bill Belichick has been one of the more vocal coaches supporting that idea. I imagine there might be a rule change next year.

Posted January 23rd, 2019 by Jet Presto
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If I were Sean Payton I would still throw my red flag out and stay on the field until they kicked me out of the game. I would feel better about that then letting the refs walk away with that one. It's not even questionable. It's like if a kicker made a game-winning FG and the refs declared that he missed anyway.

Posted January 23rd, 2019 by Vandy
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Well, I mean, it's not quite *that* egregious. It's still not as bad as the Fail Mary call from the replacement refs (on a technical level - although certainly given the context of their respective games, this was a much, much bigger deal).

That said, to be a *little* fair. The Saints still could have skirted the issue by playing defense and stopping the Rams from sending it into OT. And, ya know, Drew Brees didn't have to make an ill-advised deep bomb knowing he was going to get creamed as he released, which wound up being intercepted.

I totally understand the argument: it never should have come to that. For sure. But it wasn't exactly like they didn't have plenty of opportunities to still win. The Rams still had to get in field goal range with 1:40 left, and then the Saints won the coin toss in OT. (Which, in the *other* game, everyone is whining about coin tosses deciding the game...)

Posted January 23rd, 2019 by Jet Presto
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Wait. Sorry. Just backtracking to the title of the post.

Were you implying that you thought the AFC title game was rigged against the Patriots? (Hence, "yet they still won"?)

Posted January 23rd, 2019 by Jet Presto
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Yes otherwise both the saints and patriots would have lost because of shitty officiating scablands. Like the Kong’s vs lakers game 6 2002 WCF.

Posted January 24th, 2019 by Weid man
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Neither game was rigged. As for the penalty challenge rule, I'm in full support of anything being challengable. Give the head coach 2/3 flags for the full game and they can use it on any 3 plays they want.

Posted January 24th, 2019 by Jahoy Hoy
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That was with under two minutes to play though so it would have to be decided by and reviewed by the booth, not the coach/refs on the field.

Posted January 24th, 2019 by Weid man
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Wow. I never thought I'd see the day someone thought the game was rigged *against* the Patriots!

Posted January 24th, 2019 by Jet Presto
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