I have been a Colt fan and an NFL fan for almost forty years. I don't know if I will be watching the NFL next year. I know that I probably will, but that Super Bowl really gave me reason to question the integrity of the league. I did not understand that scowl that Peyton Manning had on his face when he walked into the stadium. I thought maybe he was tired of the cameras in his face, or that it was a put-on, however, in hindsight, I think he was told that the fix was in for the Saints to win.
The first two receptions by the Colts had a very clear defensive hold and a pass interference. No Flag was thrown. I had a bad feeling when I saw that. Even with the Colts up by ten I knew something was wrong. A defensive lineman for the Colts (unnamed) twittered after the game that he went to the refs to report that he was being held consistently and the ref would not even make eye contact with him. "Usually when I tell the ref that I'm being held he will ask his number. Tonight I got no response, not even eye contact. He would not even look at me! That makes me think." A previous post was "I guess America wanted the Saints to win." I think the NFL wanted the Saints to win.
The turning point in the game was really the on-side kick to start the second half. It was not shown during the game, but a day later they released the replay that showed Baskett with both hands on the ball and he and the ball were on the ground in contact with an opposing player. That is a recovery right there. Give Peyton the ball at mid-field and that is a guarantee for at least 3. 13-6 or more likely 17-6. That changes the game big time.
I watch the replays of the Saints highlights and in virtually every one of their big plays there were obvious holding calls that were not made. Penalties: Saints 3-19 Colts 5-45. The Colts had only five in their other two post season games. I think this is why Tony Dungy retired after the loss to San Diego. That game was stolen by the officials and this one was to. NFL politics. The integrity of the NFL is a really big question to me now. I have in the past, but this one really was blatant and a lot of people had to know to cover it up. All the analysts were in too. The TV people were clearly in to cut away and not show certain replays to cover for what the refs were doing.
I will probably watch next season because I love me some Colt football, but I think that I have made up my mind as to what the NFL is about, and I think that it is AWFUL.