Report from Louisiana: Saints Fans Salty this Morning

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Report from Louisiana: Saints Fans Salty this Morning

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT – Folks in Louisiana are salty today as a result
of the ter­ri­ble offi­ci­at­ing in the Super­dome yesterday.

My social media feeds are filled with images of voodoo dolls
in ref­eree stripes.

From WWLTV this morning:

A cru­cial non-​interference, non-​helmet-​to-​helmet call cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl and pro­vided a crush­ing loss to end the sea­son for a sec­ond straight year as the Rams won with a field goal in over­time 2623.

After the game, Saints head coach Sean Pay­ton said the NFL head of offi­cials admit­ted they had missed the call, say­ing that it was not only pass inter­fer­ence, but a hel­met to hel­met hit. If the call had been made, the Saints could have killed the clock and tried a chip shot field goal…..

On 3rd-​and-​10 from the Rams 13-​yard line fol­low­ing a long pass to Ted Ginn, Tom­mylee Lewis was tar­geted by Drew Brees and the Rams’ Nick­ell Robey-​Coleman clearly hit Lewis well before the pass got there and with his hel­met to Lewis’ hel­met. But, there was no call.

The video of the play is the very def­i­n­i­tion of pass
inter­fer­ence. It’s what you would show in ref­eree train­ing school as a text­book
exam­ple. Yet the guy whose only job was
to watch the play, missed it.

NOLA favorite son, Harry Con­nick, Jr. even weighed in, post­ing a let­ter he wrote to Com­mis­sioner Roger Goodall in which he says,

“The offi­ci­at­ing this year has been, for the most part, mediocre, in my opin­ion. But for a game as impor­tant as the NFC cham­pi­onship, it sick­ens me to know that the peo­ple who are assigned to fairly offi­ci­ate the game seem­ingly had no regard for not only a dan­ger­ous penalty but one that would cer­tainly have changed the out­come of the game.”

Now, I live in a state where we love our foot­ball; LSU has never really lost a game – it’s always been the offi­cials who gave it away. As Saints fans, we were accus­tomed to los­ing, then we won that glo­ri­ous Super Bowl, and now we like win­ning. But prob­a­bly the coolest thing on my social media feed this morn­ing was not the voodoo dolls or the Bird­Box memes, but Drew Brees tying his son’s shoe on the field after the game when the kids got to run around on the field. That puts it all in per­spec­tive, right?

Foot­ball is a game; yes, it’s big money, but it’s impor­tant
to keep per­spec­tive. Sand­wiched around the sto­ries of the Saints loss this
morn­ing are also reports of the
funeral of local Shreve­port police offi­cer
Cha­teri Payne who was gunned
down on her way to work last week. She
was a twenty-​two year old mother, ath­lete, and police offi­cer, and trust me, when
the dis­patcher walked to the podium to do the final radio call for Offi­cer
Payne at the funeral Sat­ur­day, there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen.

Those are two com­pletely unre­lated sto­ries but they put
things in per­spec­tive. Keep your eye on what’s really important.

And hey, we’re only a month away from spring train­ing!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreve­port and is the author of Cane River Bohemia. Fol­low her on Insta­gram @patbecker25 and Twit­ter @paustin110.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Folks in Louisiana are salty today as a result of the terrible officiating in the Superdome yesterday.

My social media feeds are filled with images of voodoo dolls in referee stripes.

From WWLTV this morning:

A crucial non-interference, non-helmet-to-helmet call cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl and provided a crushing loss to end the season for a second straight year as the Rams won with a field goal in overtime 26-23.

After the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton said the NFL head of officials admitted they had missed the call, saying that it was not only pass interference, but a helmet to helmet hit. If the call had been made, the Saints could have killed the clock and tried a chip shot field goal…..

On 3rd-and-10 from the Rams 13-yard line following a long pass to Ted Ginn, Tommylee Lewis was targeted by Drew Brees and the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman clearly hit Lewis well before the pass got there and with his helmet to Lewis’ helmet. But, there was no call.

The video of the play is the very definition of pass interference. It’s what you would show in referee training school as a textbook example.  Yet the guy whose only job was to watch the play, missed it. 

NOLA favorite son, Harry Connick, Jr. even weighed in, posting a letter he wrote to Commissioner Roger Goodall in which he says,

“The officiating this year has been, for the most part, mediocre, in my opinion. But for a game as important as the NFC championship, it sickens me to know that the people who are assigned to fairly officiate the game seemingly had no regard for not only a dangerous penalty but one that would certainly have changed the outcome of the game.”

Now, I live in a state where we love our football; LSU has never really lost a game – it’s always been the officials who gave it away. As Saints fans, we were accustomed to losing, then we won that glorious Super Bowl, and now we like winning. But probably the coolest thing on my social media feed this morning was not the voodoo dolls or the BirdBox memes, but Drew Brees tying his son’s shoe on the field after the game when the kids got to run around on the field. That puts it all in perspective, right?

Football is a game; yes, it’s big money, but it’s important to keep perspective. Sandwiched around the stories of the Saints loss this morning are also reports of the funeral of local Shreveport police officer Chateri Payne who was gunned down on her way to work last week.  She was a twenty-two year old mother, athlete, and police officer, and trust me, when the dispatcher walked to the podium to do the final radio call for Officer Payne at the funeral Saturday, there wasn’t a dry eye to be seen.

Those are two completely unrelated stories but they put things in perspective. Keep your eye on what’s really important.

And hey, we’re only a month away from spring training!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.