League Tampering Screws Saints out of Super Bowl


I said in my last Cowboy’s post to watch the fuck out for sketchy officials in Rams playoff games and lo and behold did that come true to absolutely screw the Saints on Sunday.  It’s possible to be a smartass and cite any of the hundreds of variables that go into an NFL game and say it is not the refs’ fault the Saints lost, but anyone with a brain understands that to be false.

The Saints did not trail at any point of the game until the final kick.  Their hall of fame QB and hall of fame coach executed that final drive in a nearly flawless manner like legends do.  It was capped with a perfect play design that left a WR wide open against a shitty linebacker.  Unfortunately, it was undone by what was indisputably the worst referee call in the history of sports.  An absolute abomination.  This is the darkest moment the NFL has ever experienced, not only because the call was so inexcusable but because it is the exact result the league hoped for and it is more than plausible that the league tampered with this game.


Now I will say, I’m a big fan of conspiracies but never before this week have I thought the NFL would stoop to NBA levels of crookery and actually rig their games.  There’s been fabrications off the field like DeflateGate, forcing Kraft to release Parcells to the Jets, the Michael Sam draft pick, etc.  But for the first time in my life I find myself questioning the integrity of a game itself, and that is a sad look for the league.

Eyebrows started raising back in November for the MNF mega matchup between the Rams and Chiefs.  Kansas City rolled in unexpectedly sitting in first place and posed a serious threat to the Rams’ playoff home-field advantage aspirations, especially after a recent beat down in the Superdome knocked them out of the NFC pole position.

The game was supposed to be in Mexico City at the expense of a Rams home game, but the NFL mysteriously decided to move the game back to the Coliseum in the week leading up.  The league had a plausible cover story citing ‘player safety concerns’ after photos popped up showing harsh field conditions from a recent Shakira concert.  However, that concert took place on October 11, over a month before the game.  Even before that, the NFL received regular reports outlining the risky field conditions and conveniently waited until it was too late to act on it. (Also those internet photos were not up-to-date and the field was playable, certainly better than the Oakland Coliseum)

Then in that same week, the league announced an unprecedented decision to switch out the officials for a special, hand-picked ‘all-star crew’.  Those officials went on to call everything under the sun against the Chiefs, including nine(!) first quarter penalties and let the Rams false start on every single play.  It was honestly impressive that the Chiefs still could have won when they had to play two teams at once.

Going forward from that game, it was buyer beware for anyone betting against Los Angeles.  Even the Chargers with their trash ass coach almost caught up to KC to win the west.  What a magical story for the city of LA and, given the timing, what an epic ‘break’ for the owners.


We know the NFL has spent decades longing for a legitimate fanbase in America’s largest market, hoping for a chance to disrupt the city’s relentless apathy to professional football.  A Rams Super Bowl win is likely the only opportunity to finally make that come to fruition.  That part is obvious, but this specific season (and playoff run) has more money riding on it than any in NFL history or even future for that matter…

Personal. Seat. Licenses.  In short for the uninitiated, season ticket contracts require large down payments for fans to ‘reserve their own seat’ before buying the actual tickets.  Through these payments, the owners rake in cash upfront while also locking fans in to renewing their season tickets in perpetuity to avoid forfeiting the license and letting that non-refundable check go to waste.  

The Cowboys and Niners PSL schemes raised over $500M a piece, and with those stadiums being publicly funded, the NFL laughed it’s way to the fucking bank.  However, the Inglewood stadium is different in that Kroenke is privately funding the project with bank loans stipulating a return of $4B in stadium revenue.  The NFL targeted for about 1/4 of that revenue to come from PSLs for both the Chargers and Rams.

In addition, there’s naming rights, sponsorship contracts, corporate suite sales, etc. etc.  Serious money is at stake.  New stadiums have worked out lucratively enough in every other NFL market, but to the surprise of nobody the league is finding itself in a pickle in LA.  The fanbases haven’t built up because LA is LA, and the Chargers especially have been absolutely shitting the bed in sales.  (It’s also interesting to note that these reports of struggling PSL sales came out shortly before the aforementioned MNF matchup, even around the same time as the Shakira show)

Deep playoff runs this year were imperative for revenue to catch back up in LA.  In a seemingly divine intervention for the league’s fortunes, Bill Vinovich and his crew ensured that and then some on Sunday by sending the Rams to the Super Bowl.  Crazy how the cards play out like that sometimes.


I will say, I am personally saddened by this but I cannot blame the league for what they did.  In fact, the fans deserve this.  The fans have been at war with the league for years now bitching about everything under the sun related to the NFL.  The fans took the bait from the president and his hillbillies last year and let a massive boycott blow up in the league’s face.  Worst of all, fans across America espoused the NBA(!) as the up and coming successor to our #1 sport.  The NBA, the most blatantly rigged organization outside of WWE.  Honestly good on the NFL for taking a page out of David Stern’s playbook.  I probably would’ve done the same thing.

League Tampering Screws Saints out of Super Bowl

American Wonder Boy Pulisic Signs with Chelsea, Now Owned by a Russian


Christian Pulisic signed with Chelsea yesterday in a landmark move that the American soccer community has never witnessed before.  It will be annoying as hell over the years listening to the fans on this side of the pond as Chelsea is the franchise for chode fans over here and it sucks that he’ll be on their team, but it’s still a move that had to be made.  Overall, there’s a lot of mixed emotions to process over this move as an American soccer fan.

From a marketing perspective, it was absolutely crucial for Pulisic to transfer out of Bundesliga and into the EPL.  It is by far the most accessible league to watch and bringing our wonder kid to the NBC streams can and should lead to an explosion in domestic viewers that was previously inconceivable outside of a World Cup tourney.

Chelsea also offers Pulisic the best opportunity amongst the elite EPL teams for immediate starting minutes, but they carry some organizational risk in the fact that they’ve had opportunities like this with many other recent prodigies and have found ways to shit the bed with most of them…

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However, my biggest fear lies with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.  He is one of Putin’s richest cronies and now he owns our child prodigy.  It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Putin’s orders are to use the guise of Chelsea’s recent player development issues to stash Pulisic on the bench and block his rise to superstardom before 2022.  I mean the Russians have already tried ruining Star Wars for god’s sake; we cannot let this campaign they’re on to seep into our sports.

It is on us as a nation to monitor this situation diligently.  It’s on the press to raise alarms if Pulisic is kept off the pitch. It’s on us as fans citizens to ride the press and make sure our child savior gets the support he needs.  Even if you don’t care much for soccer, it’s your duty as an American citizen to stay on top of this.  Who knows how important 2022 will be.  A lot of people say we are losing respect around the globe as we slide away from hegemony.  There might be a lot of truth to that.  The next World Cup could and should serve as a symbol of our unceasing cultural and athletic prowess, and that shit can bleed over to politics as well.  Be on alert fellow citizens.  Protect our prodigy!

American Wonder Boy Pulisic Signs with Chelsea, Now Owned by a Russian