Fans of the Minnesota Vikings are generally lectured by New Orleans Saints fans at every opportunity about how they’re still “salty” or “bitter” or what have you about the events that transpired in the 2009 NFC Championship Game. That may or may not be true, depending on who you’re asking, but what we can tell you that any level of bitterness that Vikings fans might have absolutely pales in comparison to the temper tantrum that’s happening down on the bayou right now.
A New Orleans attorney named Frank D’Amico has filed a civil suit to ask the courts to take action in an effort to change
Sean Payton’s awful playcalling at the end of regulation the outcome of the NFC Championship Game. I can only assume that Lionel Hutz was already tied up with another case.
The lawsuit cites NFL Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 of the NFL rules:
The commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club actions, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the commissioner deems so extraordinary unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.
Sure, he can. But he’s not going to. And he shouldn’t. I mean, a missed pass interference call doesn’t amount to a “calamity.” Certainly no more so than. . .oh, I don’t know. . .intentionally attempting to cripple opposing players as an integral part of your defensive game plan.
Given the circumstances, this is nothing short of hilarious. Honestly, the Saints and Pete Morelli combined to hose the Vikings out of a trip to Super Bowl XLIV, and Vikings fans were angry about that, but we didn’t sue anybody. Even after the National Football League suspended the Saints’ General Manager, Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and at least one player (that I can remember) for blatant and outright cheating, there weren’t any lawsuits filed.
Honestly, can you imagine the sorts of lawsuits that could be filed by Vikings fans if they were able to go running to the courts every time the NFL screwed their favorite team over? Heck, I wouldn’t even have any time to write about this team, because I’d be too busy in my giant Scrooge McDuck vault full of gold and other currencies. We would all be filthy rich!
So, in light of this, there isn’t a Saints fan anywhere that has the right to tell Vikings fans that they’re salty or bitter over 2009 any longer. Even if we are, we’ve never reached this level.