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Retiring Benjamin Watson rips Goodell for silence on blown call

Retiring Benjamin Watson rips Goodell for silence on blown call

The Rams' slot cornerback also hopes he can move past the drama around the infamous hit.

No flag was thrown for pass interference or for the helmet-to-helmet nature of the hit, possibly altering the outcome of Los Angeles' 26-23 overtime victory at New Orleans. The fine cost Robey-Coleman $26,739, according to Adam Schefter, but that's not the intriguing part of the story.

Robey-Coleman wouldn't say whether he agreed with the league's decision to fine him for helmet-to-helmet contact, but the veteran defensive back acknowledged after the game that he could have easily been whistled for pass interference.

Since Sunday's Superdome Screwjob that kept New Orleans out of Super Bowl XLIII, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has gone silent.

National Football League officiating chief Alberto Riveron privately apologized to Saints head coach Sean Payton, but the responsibility for such a public statement falls on National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Rams then tied up the game with a field goal with 15 seconds to play.

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The BYU student section (the ROC) did its best to ride Vinovich throughout the game, chanting the notorious official's name after he made a call on several occasions. Despite the team's focus being on the Patriots, every headline relating to the Rams revolves around a non-call during the game against the Saints.

One Saints fan went as far as paying for a series of billboards in Atlanta, where the Super Bowl is being played, to display his frustration with the loss. In overtime, Los Angeles kicked a 57-yard field goal to win and advance to the Super Bowl.

Add this to the pile of actions taken by Saints fans, their owner, and the Governor of Louisiana who have found a new way to define petulant. In addition, at least two lawsuits have been filed over the NFL's officiating.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., suggested on Twitter this week that the National Football League could help assuage New Orleans fans by allowing the city to host an upcoming Super Bowl. "If a (penalty) is not called, we thought they were holding Aaron Donald or something".

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said Wednesday that the team had not heard anything from the league office since Sunday night.


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