Today is the annual national bacchanal known as Super Bowl Sunday featuring the upstart St. Louis-Oops! Sorry.-Los Angeles Rams against the forces of darkness known as the New England Patriots.
I'm gonna watch it if no other reason than as my buddy Kenny once said of it, "It's gonna be on. Might as well watch the damn thing." So watch it I shall. But I won't be happy about it.
That's because the Saints should be in Atlanta today offering themselves up as a perfect and living sacrifice to the Patriots instead of the Rams. That's because the Rams were the beneficiaries of perhaps the most egregious "no call" I think I have ever witnessed in all the years I have watched professional football. Including the SEC Division of the league.
There was @ a minute fifty left to play in the 4th quarter. The Saints had 3rd and 10 on the Ram's 15 or so. Drew Brees drops back and fires one out to TommyLee Lewis. Only waaaaaaay before the ball was anywhere near Lewis's mitts he got clocked by Rams DB Nickell Robey-Coleman. Clocked as in hit in the head. That's right. Not only was it pass interference in extremis. It was targeting. It should have been 1st Down Saints and Robey-Coleman should have been checking out the water pressure in the Visitor's locker room.
Naturally, being the consummate teacher that I am, I took class time last Thursday to bitch about the unfairness of it all. About how this episode, considered alongside the previous season's epic last play choke job, was the perfect metaphor what misery it is to be a Saints fan.
"Misery?" one smart ass said. "They've been pretty good the last 10 years or so. Even won a Super Bowl. Another pointed out the missed face mask on Jared Goff during which he damn near got his head separated from his body. I drew these misguided attempts to provide perspective to an abrupt close. What's the point of power if you don't use it?
"I'm not listening to any of this," I said. "I prefer to luxuriate in my sense of victimhood."
The female members of the class thought that was pretty funny. Hmmmmmm.
So the Saints got screwed, blued and tattooed a week or so ago. They would probably have lost to New England anyway. As will the Rams I predict. And for whatever it's worth the NFL will take another look at whether to allow teams to challenge pass interference plays. My guess is that they will not. The games are already too long and they could call PI on every play most likely. And besides, you can't legislate against incompetence.
So today maybe I will go play some golf and come home to the miscarriage of justice that will be this year's Super Bowl. There are worse ways to spend a Sunday.
Kenny's right. It's gonna be on. Might as well watch the damn thing.