We’re on Day 34 of the shutdown, and 800,000 federal laborers are about to miss a few seconds paycheck. So it’s comforting to know lawmakers are 100 -percent focused on striking a agreement to reopen the federal government.
Or at least one could imagine “it wouldve been” comforting, if “thats been” the suit. Instead, in our upside down reality, there is no end to the shutdown in sight, and the full-grown adults we’ve elected to federal office are working their taxpayer-funded megaphones to bitch publicly about a football game.
By now, you’ve perhaps heard what happened on Sunday afternoon in New Orleans. The officials in the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saint and Los Angeles Rams missed a flagrant pass interference retribution toward the end of the rules of procedure, which would have all but guaranteed a Saints victory. Instead, the Rams went on to pressure overtime and eventually acquire video games, 26 -2 3.
Fans are understandably ravaged, and want to vent-hole and grumble to anyone who will listen. But it’s a little bit embarrassing to investigate government officials use their public pulpits to call out the referees, the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell, extremely while their constituents remain furloughed and unable to feed their families.
On Wednesday, Rep. Cedric Richmond( D-LA) secreted an official announcement about the game — on Congressional letterhead and everything.
What the entire nation witnessed during this past weekend’s NFC Championship game was an disturbance as a result of an unjust penalty, and I affiliate Saints actors, coach-and-fours, and followers far and wide over this misfortune. The Saint should be on their highway to Atlanta to play in the Super Bowl. Instead, they are left with the reminiscence of officials who failed to create an equal athletic field and deprived them of that possibility. Officials should not have the ability to determine the fate of a crew who rightfully made their plaza in NFL championship history.
I have since spoken with peers on the Judiciary Antitrust Subcomittee about inviting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to answer some important questions about the unfair call against the Saints; a call that he has the jurisdiction to abolish. I stand with Saints owner Gayle Benson on the urgency and significance of having this matter addressed it is therefore does not happen again. The Saint got the short expiration of the remain, and I am proud to witness the force of the right and the unwavering subsistence of Who Dat Nation. I look forward to conveying these views to Mr. Goodell soon.
The statement is 197 paroles long, just barely shorter than the 208-word word he liberated about the shutdown on December 22.
Since January 1, Richmond has tweeted four things about the NFL playoffs, and only three times about the shutdown — and one of those shutdown tweets was also a meme about the NFL playoffs, with Trump sitting at his desk and holding up a photoshopped bill that speaks,” The Saints will win the Super Bowl& The Cowboys will pay for the procession .”
The president is celebrating having the longest federal government departments shutdown in U.S. record with this announcement when he arrived at the New Orleans today. Let’s see if he will discuss the thousands of federal employees working without liquidate and Louisiana farmers losing money. pic.twitter.com/ aJ5giCUNgs
— Rep Cedric Richmond (@ RepRichmond) January 14, 2019
Rep. Steve Scalise( R-LA) is also well been incredibly vocal about the Saints’ loss. On Sunday, right after the game, he tweeted,” That’s the worst no scold I’ve ever seen. The NFL needs to hold the ref crew accountable. A sham defense won’t cut it. Total BS .”
On Monday, the House minority whip shared an official statement from the Saints, and argued that the NFL should make up for the shocking ask by gifting New Orleans the next accessible Super Bowl.
We all know the Saints were robbed of their chance to play in #SuperBowlLIII by the worst no-call ever. The NFL can make it right by gifting NOLA the next available Super Bowl. What’s more fair than awarding this year’s best team (& greatest legion municipal !) with the next Super Bowl? https :// t.co/ 4fYZ7QIEMT
— Steve Scalise (@ SteveScalise) January 21, 2019
On Wednesday, he rose things when he told TMZ — yes, that TMZ — that the entire competition is appropriate to provide for replayed.
“This is a rule that they’ve got to revisit, ” Scalise said. “Frankly, they should represent a makeup activity. If the Saints frisked the Rams on Saturday, I think it’d be the highest-watched sports event all year.”
State and neighbourhood politicians have also taken a stand against the gross transgression of the NFC Championship Game. Gov. John Bel Edwards( D-LA) secreted a scathing announcement directed toward Goodell, expressing his “disappointment” on behalf of the members of all Saints fans.
” Time has proved that the people of Louisiana are resilient, and we have overcome setbacks much bigger than a bad call in a football match ,” the letter predicted.” We will move on from this play and “il be there” to substantiate its Black and Gold when they take the field again this dusk. We will move past this activity, but we will not forget it .”
Of course, the general public is taking the loss about as well as their elected representatives. Various fans have registered litigations, one of which is a class-action in which Saints ticket incumbents are suing Roger Goodell and the NFL for shatterings, including mental anguish and psychological pain, loss of faith in the NFL, loss of pleasure of life, loss of leisure, and distrust of the game.
The plaintiffs hope to compel Goodell to mention Rule 17, Segment 2, Article 1 of the NFL rulebook, which says,” The commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/ or corrective evaluates if any golf-club wars , non-participant interference, or scourge occurs in a NFL game in which the commissioner regards so astonishing unfair or outside the agreed tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major outcome on the outcome of video games .”
A firm in a neighboring municipality, Simon Law Offices, has also suggested Goodell to be considered in that rule.
” At present, a large asterisk sits next to the title NFC champions ,” said lawyers Cle Simon and Kevin R. Duck.” Tolerating the status quo to stand is a’ black eye’ on the history and stability of video games which you have been entrusted to preserve and protect .”
The prosecutions might sound stupid, but Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk thinks they could actually impel the NFL to address the issue.” At a minimum, a state-court adjudicate could action the NFL to emerge from hiding and answer targeted the matter of what happened on Sunday, when Rule 17 refers, and why it shouldn’t apply here ,” Florio wrote.
At the time of publishing, the Goodell has yet to speak publicly on such matters. Clearly with good-for-nothing better to do, all local, state, and federal reserves must be exhausted until this is remedied.
Read more: thinkprogress.org