The NFL Referees Are on That Sauce
We thought the NFL Playoff referees were chosen based on their performance. These must be the worst of the best.
It’s a C-O-N-spiracy.
The Detroit Lions lost their NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The loss will not be the headline from the story. The horrendous non-call by Pete Morelli and his officiating crew will be. With every bad call by the referees during the NFL postseason, the musings and rants of sports conspiracy theorists gain more legitimacy. After seeing the call, we are becoming believers.
Detroit was leading 20-17 with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter when Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a pass to TE Brandon Pettigrew. The ball bounced off Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens’ back, a flag was thrown and referee Pete Morelli initially announced a pass interference penalty. Detroit earned a first down deep in Cowboys territory with a legit chance to score a go-ahead touchdown. But officials then reversed the call — without explanation — according to Fox Sports.
The interference on Pettigrew was so blatant, we asked ourselves, why did the referees screw the Lions in such a way? We have theories. First, a Dallas Cowboys win guarantees higher ratings for FOX for the NFC Divisional Playoff game next week. Second, Cowboys’ owner is so desperate for success, especially in the playoffs, he paid off the referees. Third, let’s keep it real, the referees played the under. Lastly, the NFL league offices are Republicans who love watching the bromance between Jerry Jones and former NJ Governor Chris Christie.
Take a look at this post from SBnation for more reactions to the call including FOX’s correspondent and former ref Mike Pereira.
Been watching football a long time. Never seen a flag picked up like that. Somebody call from Buffalo Wild Wings?
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 5, 2015