The New Orleans Saints’ receiver Michael Thomas is betting on Commissioner Roger Goodell of the National Football League (NFL) to give his team a reprieve by ordering a rematch with the Los Angeles ram, who knocked them out of the Super Bowl chase.
The Saints got knocked out of a chance at a history making Super Bowl appearance by the Ram on Sunday largely due to the blatant incompetence of Sunday’s officiating crew at the Superdome and a lack of recourse from the NFL to correct an obvious critical error. NFL analysts are referring to the error as one of the worst blown calls in the history of sports.
With less than two minutes remaining, Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman had clearly hit Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball arrived on a third-and-10 pass. With many expecting a penalty call from the play, match officials declined to throw a flag. Instead the Saints were forced to kick a field goal with the few time remaining, The Rams were able to tie and force overtime, during which Greg Zuerlein scored a winning 57-yard field goal, which earned them a Super Bowl ticket.
However, Thomas in a tweet, is reaching into the NFL rule book in his appeal to Commissioner Goodell to give his team a last chance opportunity to play in this year’s Super Bowl by ordering a rematch with the Rams. He cited the section of the rule which gives the commissioner power to reverse a game’s result or reschedule a game completely or from the time of an “extraordinary act” that occurred in a game.
“The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred.
In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the procedures specified in 17-1-5-11, above. In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game video, and any other procedure the Commissioner deems appropriate.”
Article 1 of the same section of the rule book appears to define parameters of what would constitute an “extraordinary act.”
“The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game,” Thomas tweeted.
However, some analysts believed Thomas’ appeal is a ditched one as a blown call cannot constitutes an act “so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game” as Thomas is implying.
But some believe Thomas has a case in that the Sunday call had a major effect on the result of the game.