Mike Florio over at profootballtalk.com has reported that the NFL Network was scheduled to air a replay of the 2009 NFC Championship game earlier today. I hadn't watched a replay of the game, because it's just too damn painful. But in light of the Bounty scandal that will hopefully end with the New Orleans Saints organization metaphorically dying in a fire, I set the DVR to record it so I could re-watch the game in a new light.
But I won't be able to do that, because the NFL Network pulled the game off the air and didn't show it.
Let's repeat that.
The NFL Network. the television propaganda arm of the National Football League, which goes out of it's way to promote the NFL, has yanked the replay of the 2009 NFC Championship game, which is quickly becoming the focal point of the Bounty Scandal.
Florio brings up a good point, and one that I would like to re-emphasize:
It creates the impression that the league has some concern about showing the game again. Which creates the impression that the league should be concerned.
Either they're trying to limit the damage that the Saints Super Bowl victory is tainted (too late), that the refereeing, especially on that high-low hit to Favre that caused and interception was borderline criminal (too late on that, at least for Vikes fans) or they're doing their utmost to limit viewing ability on the game to prevent the uproar from becoming all consuming.
It makes me wonder what I missed that I SHOULD be looking for that would make this even worse for the Saints, if that's even possible.
Either way, this was a really dumb decision by the NFL.