Saints TE Ben Watson blasts Roger Goodell for silence on blown call

Elena Summers
January 29, 2019

The league also argued that season ticket holders do not "have a legally cognizable right to ask a Court to order the Commissioner to act on an officiating omission" because Rule 17 is a discretionary mechanism vesting the power with the commissioner himself, and not any other party.

At a hearing in Louisiana federal court on Monday, attorneys representing the fans showed a blown-up photo of the controversial play to a crowd outside of the courthouse.

Saints fans are still salty about the NFC Championship game, and that may be the understatement of the year.

Still, as Pro Football Talk notes, the chances that anything substantive will come from the suit is slim to none.


The no-call at the Superdome quickly garnered national attention as fans and pundits alike accused the referees and the NFL of "robbing" the Saints of a trip to the Super Bowl.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan made his entrance to this year's Pro Bowl with a customized T-shirt featuring messages for National Football League officials: "Blow whistles not games", and "Make calls not apologies". Even though everyone in the world that watched that replay could tell it was clearly a terrible no call, We're basically told as fans to suck it up and realize that nothing will ever change. We did enough to put ourselves in a position to win this game and then to kind of have that happen and have the rug pulled out from under you, so to speak, that's hard to take. Head coach Sean Payton called for more extensive replay in wake of his team effectively being robbed of a trip to the Super Bowl.

"I haven't heard anybody say the game was fixed; I have heard people say the crew F'ed up", one high-level league source told ESPN.

One video captured a student asking Vinovich if the play was a pass interference, and Vinovich brushed the question off, refusing to give an answer. "They have done their due diligence". "This was acknowledged immediately after the game to the coach of the New Orleans Saints by NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron".

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