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Saints Fans Protest Sunday Night After Controversial Call VS Los Angeles Rams in the Conference Championship

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Two weeks ago the Los Angeles Rams matched-up against a high powered Saints team and came out on top, 26-23.

     Many sports fans across the nation felt as if the Saints should’ve played in the Super Bowl Sunday night. In the 4th quarter of regular play during their conference championship, Rams cornerback, Nickell Robey-Coleman, demolished Saints wide receiver, Tommylee Lewis, and no pass interference call was given.

     Many Saints fans had a huge weight on their shoulders after the conference match-up, fans took their madness to the streets of New Orleans just hours before the 2019 Super Bowl kickoff to protest the controversial call. Saints fan Carol Mendel said, “I don’t think any losing team is going to have a party like we’re going to have here. It’s going to be better than what’s going on in Atlanta today.” The protest was quickly named due to all of the black and gold from the fans. “The Blackout and Gold Second-Line Parade” wasn’t just a protest, it was a celebration of the season. Kim Bergeron, a public relations official said, “This is what happens when Saints fans come together.” She went on to say, “Because we realize that the game is not about the score, it’s about a winning attitude, spirit and showing the world that we are not defeated.”

     This shows how grateful sports fans are to have such a great team represent their city at a high level. Having a great fan base can help fuel the fire for teams to compete at a high level. Not having a huge fan base can lower the teams standard of winning and fueled for success.

     NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell wasn’t pleased with the play call on Coleman especially with the drive the Saints had going. Goodell said, “Whenever officiating is part of any kind of discussion post-game, it’s never a good outcome for us … but we also know that our officials are human. We also know they are officiating a game in which they often have to make snap decisions under difficult circumstances. And they’re not going to get it right every time. As I say, they’re human.”  

     I think this definitely showed the frustration not only from the commissioners’ side, but the entire NFL officiating side. Making a huge no-call during a huge game is one of the worst things that could happen to the NFL. This could change many fans point of views to watch NFL in the future because they might think it is rigged now.

     The Saints finished their season on a high note with a record of 13-3. If New Orleans had not been cheated, I definitely feel as if they would’ve demolished the Patriots because of their high-powered running and passing game. Quarterback, Drew Brees is one of the best in the league, passing former Colts and Broncos quarterback, Payton Manning in passing yards this season with 74,437 total yards currently. Saints running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, Jr. are one of the best duos in the league. The Saints definitely had more weapons to pull out of their back pockets than the Rams. I think the Saints would have defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a thriller.

     The Super Bowl consisted of the high-powered offense of the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. After watching the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl in the previous four out of the five years in the past five years, sports fans across the nation leaned heavily on a Rams victory.

     Many sports analysts across the nation predicted a high-scoring game, but many of them were wrong following the high-powered defenses from both teams. Aaron Schatz, an ESPN football outsider, predicted the final score to be 37-34 with the Patriots coming out on top while Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher predicted the Rams coming out on top 27-20. The Patriots came out on top with a final score of 13-3. The score was tied in the fourth quarter until tight end Rob Gronkowski had a 30 yard reception to set it up for a Sony Michel touchdown run.

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4 Responses to “Saints Fans Protest Sunday Night After Controversial Call VS Los Angeles Rams in the Conference Championship”

  1. Jack Salyers on February 6th, 2019 10:46 am

    Great Story Dixon! I enjoyed reading this because I’m a big fan and that Saints quarterback Drew Brees went to Purdue my favorite college. I also liked how you explained what Saints fans did to protest. Keep up the great writing.

  2. Uriah Riemenschneider on February 7th, 2019 12:08 pm

    Great article Dixon, I really liked that you were able to dig up quotes from people in order to get the point across that the game isn’t always about winning but more about the actual game and attitude you have!

  3. isaac on February 7th, 2019 1:53 pm

    great story

  4. Ethan Johnson on February 7th, 2019 3:38 pm

    Great Job Dixon! I liked this article because of the way you explained how the fans love their team and celebrated the end of season. I loved how the NFL commissioner said the referees are just human and always make mistakes. Keep up the good work.

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