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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Just in case you missed it, the National Football League in its infinite wisdom appeared to disrespect the New Orleans Saints once again yesterday (perhaps unintentionally but one has to wonder). The League’s Competition Committee decided not to make any ...

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Old 02-26-2019, 11:49 AM   #1
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Just in case you missed it, the National Football League in its infinite wisdom appeared to disrespect the New Orleans Saints once again yesterday (perhaps unintentionally but one has to wonder). The League’s Competition Committee decided not to make any changes to its rules regarding instant replay and more specifically, any non-calls made by NFL referees, at least for now.

As noted by several reporters on-hand in Indianapolis during yesterday’s meeting, the League and the Committee — which ironically Saints head coach Sean Payton himself is actually a member of — will explore the possibility of revisiting the rule and consider making any changes of significance at a later date.

There was no word on whether or not Payton addressed the Committee, or whether or not it was ever brought up for serious conversation among his fellow seven members (Chairman and Falcons President Rich McKay, Giants owner John Mara, Cowboys co-owner Stephen Jones, Packers president Mark Murphy, former Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, and Broncos GM John Elway).

Not surprisingly, it was the very same rule that the League and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had promised to consider changing after the Black and Gold got robbed of a Super Bowl appearance in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Los Angeles Rams last month. The decision followed the much-discussed and now-infamous pass interference and helmet-to-helmet hit “no-calls” that should have been called penalties, by Rams DB Nickell Robey-Coleman against Saints WR Tommylee Lewis.



Instead of taking up the issue of the controversial play and its after-effects that essentially ripped the hearts out of an entire fan-base, members of the Committee opted instead to take into consideration things such as banning players from leaving their team’s bench on the sidelines to go and celebrate with their teammate(s) after scoring a touchdown.

Oh boy, that’s a real critical issue that they chose to address right there. Are they serious?

When you have as bad of an image problem as the NFL does at the moment, it would seem that perhaps the League would have been better served to address the most significant controversy that hangs over the sport like a dark black cloud. Namely, that officiating debacle at the Superdome a few weeks back that essentially robbed an entire team and its fanbase of a legitimate shot at winning a World Championship.

Hysterically, the person that runs the Saints team Twitter account was quick to throw some “shade” at the League for their blatant hypocrisy and apparent incompetence, with this brilliant Tweet right after word had spread about the Competition Committee’s ignoring the replay issue for now and addressing other issues of far less importance.

One notable thing about that Tweet is that there now appears to be a growing contentious relationship between the League and the Saints franchise, a relationship that over the past several years has seen some obvious discourse between the two sides following the BountyGate controversy back in 2012.

It was before that 2012 Season that the League punished the team and handed down a series of suspensions for the Black and Gold’s supposed illegal “bounty” program; in which it was said (or alleged) that Saints defensive players were intentionally trying to injure players from other teams for money.

The League was never able to prove that the Saints were, in fact, guilty of any transgressions, and while eventually both sides moved past that controversy and seemed to be on friendlier terms in recent years, the League’s complete bumbling of the NFC Championship Game no-call appears to have re-opened some of those old wounds.

As it turns out, that’s not the only issue with their now-tarnished image that the NFL has to worry about.
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Because its all rigged.
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Old 02-26-2019, 01:25 PM   #3
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We are a small market team with a beloved QB and what appears to be a narcissist coach. Of course the NFL will move to make things happen in the big markets because there is more money to be made.

How dare we take the Lombardi away from Payton Manning? The Gall!!!! Bounty gate came down right after that historic moment. It's been a contentious relationship every since.

Oh, and Godhell is a clown!
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I'm beginning to think the NFL is rigged.
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Wonder if we would have received the same response if it had been ... say the Cowboys?

What would it hurt to put a former player on it's committee/board?
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:46 PM   #6
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I wonder if the AAF is looking for a new marquee franchise.
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Took the AAF all of one week to get it right.
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Of coarse they won’t do crap about it then it would prove the fix got caught. Just bite me good*******
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Regardless of the optics of a postponement, I am not going to play the victim. If the new season starts and they haven't made a change then i will revisit this statement.

I't could have been postponed for no more of a reason that to put a proper plan together before making the rule change.
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Old 02-27-2019, 12:03 PM   #10
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Committee is full of it. There would not be one every play just like the head spearing rule this year. No call on Hill in the NFCCG. No call on Jaylen Smith at Dallas on Kamara.

When the ball is 15 feet away and the defender de-cleats the receiver that is personal safety and should have been keyed in by NY and a foul called since the refs looking at it on the field did not. That's the integrity part and why Goodell looks like a moron.
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