Even the refs in the Saints/Rams game on Sunday knew a bad call when they saw it. Unfortunately for the Saints, they just didn’t know it when that B.S. pass-interference no-call cost NOLA a spot in the Super Bowl. Sure, Saints coach Sean Payton said the refs called him to admit they screwed up, but that hardly leaves less salt in the wound.
Now there are several conspiracy theories as to how that call was missed. It couldn’t have been “human error.” Such as:
· Referee Phil McKinnely played in the NFL for seven seasons, one of them with the Rams (when they were in Anaheim) in 1981… AND he’s a California native who played for UCLA.
· He also once played for the Atlanta Falcons, a heated rival of the Saints.
· In addition, he was part of the Tom Brady “Bountygate” crew.
Then, came the updates to his Wikipedia page:
· “McKinnely swallowed his whistle and had temporary paralysis subsequently. By the time he recovered, his former team was in the locker room celebrating their ill-begotten Super Bowl berth.”
· “After a controversial call in the January 20, 2019 NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, McKinnely was blamed for the errant no-call and was this given a Rams salary bonus. He told reporters he hopes to help them next season.” (in actuality, this one came from a reporter for the “New Orleans Advocate”)
Factually, Patrick Turner was the down judge, and Gary Cavaletto was the line judge… both of whom were nearest the play. They just didn’t work as well in the conspiracy theories. One thing’s for sure, though, this game did nothing to help the public relation problem the NFL continues to have with the quality of their officiating and the on-field product that many feel is dwindling.
And now, a New Jersey wsportsbook if offering refunds after the Saints blown-call.
PointsBet sportsbook in Atlantic City’s helping out those who got screwed by the blown pass interference call during last Sunday’s Saints/Rams game. Calling it a “Good Karma Payout,” they’re refunding all spread and money-line bets placed on the Saints for the game. There’s no official word on how much this stunt will cost the PointsBet.