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Is the upcoming Super Bowl tainted?




It sure is, in my opinion.

The Rams were almost certainly put into the Super Bowl by shitty officiating.  Now here comes the moral question: if the Rams are honorable, shouldn't they concede the NFC slot in the Super Bowl to the Saints?  Just because the referee fucks up, making the most obviously shitty no-call of all time, that doesn't mean that the Rams just have to accept the non-decision, right?  They know they committed pass interference, so why do they think it's okay to get away with blatant cheating?  Can't exceptions to rigid rule-keeping be made when the injustice of their observance is so obvious in some cases?  Especially when the rules were so obviously contravened in this case?

What lesson is this supposed to say to the nation's youth?  Their soccer team gets screwed by a referee's call but then again remember how arguably the best team in football in 2019 was screwed by the refs, so suck it up, kids.  Something like that?  You want to breed cynicism into them?  Actually, don't the kids have a way of resolving such injustices -- a do-over?  They're setting a better example than the adults are, ffs.

So I guess there is by default a team to root for in the Super Bowl as is this year, the ones who aren't dishonorable cheaters, and that would be the AFC team.  Right?  Put the Saints in the Super Bowl as they deserve, and we've got a non-Patriots team to root for once again.  Drew Brees deserves the chance, and he had one of his fine on-target passes broken up by a cheating player who openly admits he should have been penalized.

C'mon, Rams and/or NFL, do the right thing.

ADDENDUM: Here's the fairest idea I can think of.  Give the Saints-Rams a do-over from the time and spot of the un-called foul.  Like just televised from a practice field or whatever, relatively quick and easy.  Then everyone's consciences can be clean.  Yes? :)

[Addendum #2 1/27/19: An updated version of the do-over idea is available here and integrated to the most overwhelmingly important topic at present, philosophy for kids.]

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