The Officials From The NFC Championship Game Had To Change Hotels After Receiving Threatening Calls From Saints' Fans
PFT- The officiating crew from the NFC title game faced harassment at their hotel Sunday night after the game, forcing them to change hotels, John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports.
The officials were escorted, with heavy security, from their downtown hotel to a suburban hotel, according to Kryk.
One official received multiple harassing phone calls before a local law enforcement officer took the phone and ordered the caller to cease and desist. Via Kryk, security remained at the hotel all night to assure the officials’ safety.
I say the following as someone who would have had to learn that Bill Vinovich and his band of stripped cowards kidnapped my entirely hypothetical child to sell into the sex trade, Taken-style, to feel compelled to stalk out their boarding arrangements and offer a "I will find you, and I will kill you"-esque threat over the phone...
Boo, fucking, hoo.
Seriously, I could not possibly care less that a city that was robbed of an opportunity to participate in it's second Super Bowl made those that did the robbing feel unwelcome within its confines. After all, the moral responsibility that fans have to put aside their irrationally emotional attachment, take a couple hundred deep breaths, and understand that it's just a game pales in comparison to the referees' professional responsibility to call it as they see it in making sure said game is officiated competently, never mind fairly. Since the latter wasn't fulfilled, I'm not about to demand that the former be filled. Especially since all the bandits in question knew damn well that a flag should have been flung, but decided against being the one to do so for no other reason than the woefully hypocritical goal not to decide the outcome of the NFC Championship.
It goes without saying that the failed to achieve that goal, as an intentional attempted beheading of a defenseless receiver whose brain was rattling by the time the ball arrived is what allowed the Rams to access their last remaining path to the Super Bowl. So while I'm not the type to play the part of the belligerent boogeyman, I hope the referees were scared. If only because scaring them straight (out of a job that would be better done by technology) might be the only way to ensure that another team, fanbase, and city doesn't have ever right to feel as though they were cheated by a crooked agenda. Do the most simplistic aspect of your goddamn job, or some of the impassioned people whose fiscal and emotional spending is directly responsible for making it a full-time job are going to take issue in ways you might find threatening. In this specifically suspicious case, I can't even blame them.