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Another week, another controversial touchdown reversal by Al Riveron in favor of my New England Patriots.
As a self-declared Masshole, I am beginning to see why friends, family, frenemies & foes accuse the NFL of being biased towards Tom Brady & Bill Belichick.
However contrary to popular (sports) conspiracies, there is a method to the NFL’s madness which lays down the law regardless of fan feelings.
As best summed up in the words of my frenemy, Ben Shapiro:
Facts don't care about your feelings.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 5, 2016
Week 6 (Patriots vs. Jets)
Truthfully I thought the Jets scored a touchdown here & was surprised by Riveron’s decision to not only nix six points away from the Jets but to give the Patriots the football on the 20-yard line.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) October 19, 2017
I still do not like the call, but I do understand why Riveron ruled in favor of Patriots here (even if it is a bad rule).
Week 15 (Patriots vs. Steelers)
Apparently catching the football with the knee down as you are falling does not count as a runner anymore as Al Riveron explains below.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) December 18, 2017
Ironically I know many die-hard Steelers fans at work as well as my church who view the reversal as a Patriots Payoff.
Week 16 (Bills vs. Patriots)
This touchdown reversal is by far the most controversial & I (in my limited understanding of NFL officiating) think Al Riveron was wrong to nix six off of the scoreboard for Buffalo.
— NFL Football Operations (@NFLFootballOps) December 24, 2017
From my Patriots perspective, the Bills receiver caught the football & dragged his second foot on the ground in the end zone.
I am not aware of any other Patriotic discrepancies, but if any happen next week (or in the playoffs), I will update this post below.