It probably wouldn't be considered the greatest idea in the world if a major Hollywood motion picture film company put out what they hope would become a "summer blockbuster" hit movie, by promoting an actor who never actually appeared in the film as one of its main stars.
So it goes without saying this morning that as America rises for what is the 53rd Super Bowl Sunday in the entire history of sports, that the National Football League (and especially embattled Commissioner Roger Goodell), ain't too happy that the team getting the most attention this week in advance of today's Big Game has been the New Orleans Saints — a team not playing today but who the entire nation knows deserves to be there.
Now make no mistake about it: today's match-up between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII (53) promises to be one of the better match-ups in recent Super Bowl history.
And the NFL can rest assured that millions upon millions of the blindly-loyal Pro Football viewing public will faithfully tune in once again, to watch what undoubtedly will be declared another ratings record-breaker.
However, with the public backlash and negative reaction still growing over the missed no-call by NFL referees that ultimately cost the Saints a win in the NFC Championship Game against the Rams, the Black and Gold has been the "talk of the town" all week long during "Super Bowl week"; unquestionably leaving League execs behind the scenes quite chagrined in the process.
While there certainly isn't any shortage of story-lines for today's epic clash ("ageless" 41-year old Patriots QB Tom Brady or Rams head coach Sean McVay, who will become the youngest head coach ever in Super Bowl history at age 33, are just two prime examples), the only topic that has dominated the conversation has been the blatant head-to-head hit and pass interference by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman against Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis.
The biggest issue facing the League right now is that not only was the non-call blatantly missed on such an EGREGIOUS level; but that they then subsequently made the situation much worse by choosing to remain largely silent on the whole entire matter until a week and a half later, at Goodell's annual "state of the NFL" press conference this past Wednesday.
In particular, the overwhelming cries and shouts of bitter and angry Saints fans everywhere have been heard loud and clear by others that have since championed their cause; a cause that even led one disgusted Who Dat to file a lawsuit, and inevitably has now crossed over into full-fledged conspiracy theories allegedly concocted by the League to boost the struggling Los Angeles market.
Whether you consider such incredible stories to be plausible enough for you to personally believe in or not, one thing you can rest assured of is that Goodell and his cronies at 345 Park Avenue in New York City are now trying to figure out as many ways as they possibly can to find a solution to their current dilemma.
Let's call a spade a spade, and be brutally and completely honest: the League is getting exactly what it deserves, which is what might just be the biggest public relations NIGHTMARE in the entire history of the sport.
With the NFL all set to promote what will be the 100th Season officially later on this year in the upcoming 2019 Regular Season, the events that have since unfolded within the past 2 weeks after that fateful game at the Superdome, couldn't have possibly come at a more disadvantageous time for the League.
But while angry Saints fans "boycott" today's contest and threaten to make it one of the lowest-rated and least-watched Super Bowls ever (and they have every right to do so), one important thing for all Who Dats to remember is that even if the League does decide to change the rules based on the outcome of that controversial play from 2 weeks ago. they won't still won't have what should have been an opportunity to win their 2nd World title.
That in and of itself is the biggest "crime" that has been committed by the NFL — and they need to be held accountable.
Now of course, we already know that they won't be; which is exactly the reason why it made this year's particular "Super Bowl Week" that ends tonight. all the more intriguing.
From Sean Payton appearing to wear a Goodell "clown" t-shirt as a subliminal and deliciously-subtle message directed at the League along with a visibly-annoyed Drew Brees on ESPN making predictions, to defensive end Cam Jordan speaking truth with both his words and clothing in a wide-variety of interviews, the Saints organization has unequivocally gotten their message across to the entire nation.
— New England Sports Plug (@NEsportsplug) January 30, 2019
Drew Brees looks dead inside. Can’t blame him. pic.twitter.com/S4Np6kHkIx
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) February 1, 2019
— ESPN (@espn) January 27, 2019
And while those silent protests have unintentionally painted a negative portrayal of the Saints franchise and their indisputably-loyal fans as "whiners" or "cry-babies", the overwhelming majority (at least from this writer's perspective) of the Pro Football viewing-public seems to be siding with New Orleans on this one.
The New Orleans Saints are the REAL winners of today's 53rd Super Bowl — and the NFL ain't happy about it....