Senator Cassidy Wants Answers from the NFL
Senator Bill Cassidy blasts the NFL on the Senate floor about the blown call in the Saints-Rams NFC championship game.
Dr. Cassidy says “the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history,” which kept the New Orleans Saints from winning the NFC Championship game against the Los Angeles Rams and then moving on to the Super Bowl.
He added: "Mr. President, I'd like to bring up the NFC championship game. The state of Louisiana is outraged because of what happened in the Superdome last Sunday. Televisions were broken. Super Bowl boycott concerts scheduled. Billboards put up in Atlanta. Fans filed lawsuits.
My colleague in the House of Representatives is calling for the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell to come testify in front of Congress on the travesty that occurred five days ago. What happened, in my belief and the belief of many, was the most blatant and consequential blown call in NFL history.
For those not familiar with football—and I know that the Presiding Officer [Senator John Boozman] played at University of Arkansas. Not a bad school, even though it's not a Louisiana school.
The defender is not looking back at the quarterback. He is not looking to intercept. He is only looking to plow through the receiver.
On one play, the Los Angeles Ram defender committed two egregious penalties, and everybody in the Superdome and everybody watching knew it happened, except for him, the referee.
Now, I don't mean to pick on this referee. I'm sure he is a very nice man, a good family man, et cetera. But he missed a call with less than two minutes that everyone agrees would have changed the course of the game.
The pass interference was not called, and now the Rams will play in the Super Bowl against the Patriots instead of the Saints. Which is kind of a shame. It really is a taint upon the Super Bowl. It won't be the two best teams. it will be the two teams that got there, at least in one case because someone did not see an obvious call.