Late Thursday afternoon, Benjamin Watson raised an overly serious complaint about the blown pass / unnecessary roughness disruption that the Saints had not received in the match of the NFC championship against the Rams. In a screenshot published on Twitter, Watson called on Commissioner Roger Goodell to come in and at least comment on the matter.
Watson was not the only high-profile personality to call for action in this matter. Receiver Michael Thomas tweeted the specific rule that allows the Commissioner to take "corrective action" for games deemed "extremely unfair" and keeps bringing the fanbase into a similar position. John Bel Edwards, a governor of Louisiana, sent a formal letter to Goodell and the League asking that he do something either this season or in the future to prevent it from happening again.
Watson ignores the fact that there are so many reasons why this dreadfully blasted reputation was not solely responsible for the saints' loss on Sunday. Watson is an NFL veteran who should now know that the last thing he wants is Goodell. Again and again, the commissioner has won obvious slam dunns for the league and its brand, and finally found the worst "solution" to the problem. Yes, the Saints have messed up with this one game, but there is no reason to believe that anything that Goodell or the League Office will do in response will lead to a positive outcome. Consider the catch-rule debacle as a good reason why it might be a bad thing to ask the league for more rules .
Still, I look forward to the inevitable intervention if it decides to do so. The solution is to replay the NFC championship from a distance, and in New Orleans, the distance would be if the penalty were actually called. Of course, this has to happen the day before the Super Bowl, a game that's somehow equipped with a new set of passport regulations. Holy fans and players will probably never move on, and I can not blame them, but the little they can do is accept what happened.