Can You Say Class Action?: Raider Fans vs. NFL Officials

Big AL FanContributor IDecember 28, 2009

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens talks with the referees about a call during the game against the Detroit Lions at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Lions 48-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Its a shame but I am re-posting this article from last year after just the 1st game of this season.  Consider this a mole hill of a mountain of evidence of a growing case.

How many times did TENN jump the snap count on Sunday and not get flagged for it?  TENN took Jason Campbell's head off on one of the non-called offsides plays.  Not only was the offsides penalty not called, but roughing the passer for hitting Campbell on the head was not called.  Far after our entire offensive team was completely rattled and out of sorts did the refs call one flag for another obvious offsides.  I just re-watched the game to confirm the evidence.  I also noticed that CBS would not show the angle from the back which would have showed the clear head shot.  Do the Refs and the NFL have control of the Camera's too?  Do they over-ride CBS for replay to the public?  The evidence is growing every game.  Someone will snitch at some point.

Why is everyone making a big deal over the Calvin Johnson non-TD call?  Where was the outrage when the rule was invented specifically for the Raiders during the first game last year against the Chargers when Murphy was robbed of the TD and the Raiders were robbed of momentum and the game?  You listen to these wannabe sports people just outraged over the call Calvin Johnson call.  Where were they?  Why do they not know?

This campaign will begin early this year.

Let's say you spend your hard-earned money on an expensive car—advertised to get 60 MPG. You fill the gas tank, drive around for a day, and the tank is empty much sooner than you expect.

Your calculations say you averaged five MPG. You take the car back to the dealer, and they tell you that they reviewed the odometer, and the ruling in their garage is that you are getting 60 MPG. They will not take the car back. Get over it.

Do you have recourse?

You have both physical and visual evidence. Do you sit there like a chump and do nothing, or persist until justice is served? Do you think an honest jury would rule in your favor?

Now, what if that expensive car was an NFL team that you have spent hard-earned cash on, while investing numerous hours of time, resources, and emotion?

Week after week, you are told that what you see visually has been reviewed and has not really happened, so get over it. Does this cause you emotional anguish? Do you have recourse?

I need to ask this question because I have spent a great deal of money, time, and emotion on my team. I have physical and visual evidence that will show weekly injustices levied against my NFL team for years now.

It is very easy to prove these injustices with or without the rulebook.

What if your team were playing and they clearly benefited from an injustice, such as a call that was reviewed but still favored your team? As a true fan do you feel good about this? Do you want your team to win a fairly called match?

Who's directing the officials? Why is this happening? I am certain, if one of these squirmy zebras were on the stand, they would squeal like a pig.

Does anyone reading this feel the same?

If so, leave a comment and include the team name that gets jobbed the most by the refs. You can leave an estimate of how much you spend on your team on an annual basis. For me, I can't really put a specific number on it as of this writing.

If this experiment works, this type of dialogue can lead to investigations as to what exactly is going on under the hood.

At the very least, maybe a fairly called game.