August 25, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A NFL replacement official signals a penalty against the New Orleans Saints defense during the first half of a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Texans 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
It looked like the New Orleans Saints could possibly have caught a break in today’s game versus the Carolina Panthers but not anymore. That’s said tongue-in-cheek but ProFootballTalk.com is reporting it’s a serious matter.
Apparently, one of the officials for the game, Brian Stropolo, has been removed from the contest after it was discovered on his Facebook page that he is a Saints fan. PFT stated that there is actually a picture of him wearing Saints apparel and standing outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
While this is quite comical because fans always accuse the refs of purposefully calling “ghost penalties” or making erroneous calls, PFT makes a point that this could be serious.
PFT writer Mike Florio cites that Stropolo “slipped through the cracks” and shows how quickly and ragtag the replacement officials were put together although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he has confidence in them.
The slap you probably heard was Goodell’s hand hitting his forehead as it seems another “There’s nothing to see here, everything’s OK” he’s tried to produce crumbles just a bit as does the confidence he attempts to give NFL fans.