A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticket holders for a full or partial do-over of this year’s NFC Championship Game because of a blown “no-call” by game officials was rejected Thursday by U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan.
NFL officials have acknowledged that flags should have been thrown when a Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the final minutes of regulation time. The Rams won the Jan. 20 conference championship in overtime and are set to play the Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Fan reaction in New Orleans has included disbelief, anger and resignation, expressed in newspaper headlines, billboards (”They reffed up” said one), promises by some restaurants and bars that they won’t show the Super Bowl telecast, and posters of blind referees.
And at least two lawsuits. One was a class-action lawsuit on behalf of ticket holders that was awaiting action in state court. The other was filed by season-ticket holders Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert two days after the game. Morgan rejected arguments that Badeaux and Lambert were entitled to an order, known as a “writ of mandamus,” forcing the NFL or Goodell to take action.
Ex-49er’s wife gives birth: New England left tackle Trent Brown was excused from the team’s final media session before the Super Bowl to be with his wife, who had a baby.
Brown, who’s 6-foot-8, 380 pounds, was acquired by the Patriots in April from the 49ers. He started all 16 games at left tackle for New England this season after playing right tackle for the 49ers.
Girl QB gets tickets: A seventh-grade girl from New Hampshire who was bullied for playing quarterback on a youth football team is going to the Super Bowl, courtesy of the Patriots.
Dejah Rondeau, of Exeter, who wears No. 11 in honor of Julian Edelman, her favorite player, was invited to Foxborough recently to meet the Patriots’ wide receiver and team owner Robert Kraft after the team learned of her experience.
In a video posted on the team’s website, Edelman, a Woodside High and College of San Mateo alum, played catch with her and surprised her with a pair of tickets.
Dejah told Seacoastonline.com she was “super happy” and “never in a million years thought I would go to a Super Bowl.”
She says she doesn’t see the game in terms of gender, she simply wants to be the best football player and teammate possible.
Cap space: The Browns will carry over a league-leading $56.5 million in salary-cap space from this season, the NFL Players Association announced. Indianapolis had the second-highest carryover at $49.1 million, followed by the 49ers ($35 million), Tennessee ($25.6 million) and Houston ($18.8 million) to round out the top five.
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