When the truth is spoken, we all understand. The disgraceful no-call cannot be reversed because of money.
Honor and Pride can always overcome money where there is a will to do so. At the moment there were opportunities to right the wrong. The owner of the Rams, the coach of the Rams, any one of the officials or the ever silent Godell could have said, “Let’s look at the video tape.” Whoever had done so would have been a hero. But there were no heroes.
So now, if there is any Honor or Pride in the NFL, lets play ball in Atlanta for Honor and Pride. At the end of the game lets recognize that any one of three teams could have been second best and we can never know who should have been champion. Since we know these things lets admit it and call the season a three way tie for second place, and award each team, the Rams, the Saints and the Patriots the money due to a league champion. No trophies no rings, no prize money or other recognition for winning or loosing the Superbowl.
Let the NFL owners then take the money saved and ask the players association to select charities that will best apply it to generosity and justice. As an alternative, the league can forever wear a green stain of shame.
Michael Moffitt Column
Granddad’s Dictionary: Reflections on Life in America
by Michael Moffitt
ISBN: 978-1-4908-2916-6 (sc)
Published April 7, 2014