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FAN Take: NFL “Bleaux” It

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

FAN Take is a series that highlights trending events, issues, and decisions in the world of sports and analyzes how they may or may not factor into the Fan Controlled Football League. We would love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think about each FAN Take!

Typically, we try not to put too much attention on any one NFL team, but after this week’s NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, we think this week’s FAN Take needs to revisit the Saints. More specifically, their disgruntled fans. Full disclosure: I’m a disgruntled New Orleans Saints fan. BUT, that being said, this class action lawsuit being brought against the NFL on behalf of season ticket holders seems a little over the top.

For anyone that has been living under a rock, NFL officials failed to make a critical – and blatant – pass interference call in the last quarter of the game. And the fans were pretty fired up. Sure, the NFL confirmed that the call should have been made, but that seemed to only make the fans angrier. Reactions varied from “I’m going to write a strongly-worded letter” to “bro, what was that.” Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, issued a formal complaint to the NFL. New Orleans’ “Golden Boy,” Harry Connick Jr., shared a letter to Roger Goodell to social media that he would not be watching the Super Bowl. Even Normani (formerly of Fifth Harmony) tweeted that she was “pissed.”

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if you’re interested, here’s my letter to the @nfl – i’m mailing it tomorrow. #nfl

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Now, what would OUR fans do if they were the ones left heartbroken after such an important game? We absolutely think that they would be upset and take to social media to air their grievances. Will they still feel the sting after a few days? Sure. Will they avoid coworkers in the hallway that want to gloat? Most likely. Will a few of them send in some angry emails to the league office? We’re counting on it. Would any of them follow Matt Bowers’ lead and put up billboards? No, but you have to admit, that is kinda funny. However, we don’t think that the fans would resort to anything as drastic as a lawsuit. If it were a playoff situation, would the fans just rally support behind whichever team is facing the team they lost to? If it’s the championship game, will they sulk for a little while before diving into virtual scouting opportunities to get pumped for the next season? We want to know fans, would you take it to the extreme or keep it copasetic?

Power To The Fans!

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Super Bowl LIII: Los Angeles Rams v. New England Patriots

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

We’re going to go ahead and just get this out of the way: this NFL season has had not only a lot of bad calls made, but even more calls not made. Every team has been the victim of terrible officiating this year, and nobody is feeling that more than the players and fans of the New Orleans Saints right now.

Following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman on the Saints’ Tommylee Lewis, fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were expecting two flags, including one for blatant pass-interference. Robey-Coleman said himself that he was expecting the flag, but was happy to get away with it.  As of this morning, it’s being reported that “NFL leaders and the league’s rulemaking competition committee” plan to consider making pass interference calls subject to challenges and replay review, per the Washington Post. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick has been saying all along that coaches should be able to challenge any call. Yes, the same Bill Belichick that is heading to ANOTHER Super Bowl.

That’s right fans, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are headed to Atlanta to face off against the Los Angeles Rams after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31. To pile on to the uproar over officiating in yesterday’s conference championships, the Chiefs might have been robbed of a touchdown. After coming back from a first-half deficit against the Patriots, the Chiefs appeared to have scored a touchdown after Patriots receiver Julian Edelman, appeared to have touched a punt that Kansas City then picked up and took into the end zone. We have to say appeared here, because the referees overturned the original call of a touchdown, saying the ball never touched Edelman. The Chiefs were quick to intercept a pass by Brady and score a touchdown anyway, but the sting is still there.

The biggest surprise of yesterday’s conference championship games? Tony Romo had a career game as a broadcaster, not a quarterback. If there’s anything we learned after yesterday’s game, it’s that Romo is a foreseer, someone who can literally see the future. We cannot wait to see him back in the booth announcing alongside Jim Nantz for Super Bowl LII. We now have a legitimate West Coast vs. East Coast Super Bowl in two weeks’ time. Perhaps a chance for Los Angeles redemption after the Dodgers fell to the Boston Red Sox just a few short months ago. But, the real question is, who will the fans be pulling for? Other than Tony Romo, of course. Are you going all in on Tom Brady getting a sixth ring? Or do you want to see the Rams win their first Super Bowl in twenty years (technically, the last one was during their St. Louis stay)?