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Boycott Bowl is coming to Fulton Street Feb. 3; here's how it came together

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Choppa performs at the halftime show at the NFC Championship game in New Orleans between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, January 20, 2019. Advocate Staff photo by CHRIS GRANGER

By BY ALEX WOODWARD & KEVIN ALLMAN | Gambit

New Orleans Saints fans avoiding Super Bowl LIII won’t find a trace of football’s main event at a same-day festival that celebrates the team.

Choppa, Shamarr Allen & The Underdogs, Partners-N-Crime and others will perform at Boycott Bowl at Fulton Street beginning at noon Sunday, Feb. 3. The street will be blocked off from Girod to Lafayette streets for the celebration. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now.

Also on the bill are bounce artists Ricky B and 5th Ward Weebie, Flow Tribe, Dash Rip Rock, The Vettes, Fred LeBlanc of Cowboy Mouth, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Khris Royal & Dark Matter, and Michot's Melody Makers.

City Hall officials tell Gambit that a local television station is planning full coverage. ...

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Stefon DIggs feels sorry for the Saints after their NFC Championship loss

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By Adam Patrick | TheVikingAge.com

The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver recently sat down with House of Highlights and expressed his thoughts about the recent events that went on during the NFC Championship.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is very familiar with playoff heartbreak when it comes to the New Orleans Saints.

Diggs was the one who delivered it to the Saints in 2017 when he was on the receiving end of the infamous “Minneapolis Miracle” that gave the Vikings a shocking win over New Orleans in their divisional round matchup last season.

This year, the Saints were the victims of another heart-wrenching postseason loss during the NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams. New Orleans lost the matchup, but the team and their fans have been stuck on an obvious pass interference call that was not made late in the fourth quarter.

During a recent appearance on the “House of Highlights Show”, Diggs offered up some of his thoughts about this season’s NFC Championship. The Minnesota receiver felt a little sorry for the Saints’ bad luck, but he also knows that what happened is just sometimes how the cookie crumbles. ...

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Nickell Robey-Coleman now claims the ball was tipped on infamous missed pass interference play

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By Jared Dubin | CBS Sports

If you thought the controversy about the brutal missed pass interference call that arguably cost the New Orleans Saints a chance at the Super Bowl was over, think again. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who admitted after the game he was blatantly trying to interfere with Saints receiver TommyLee Lewis on the play so as to not give up a touchdown, now says that the ball was tipped -- or at least, that somebody else on the field said the ball was tipped.

Here's the exact phrasing, per The Athletic's Vincent Bonsignore:


The supporting evidence for the theory that the ball was tipped appears to come from the following video:


That video does not really show a clear view of the ball actually being tipped -- just a freeze-frame of the ball being above Michael Brockers' left hand. Other angles, of course, contradict the idea the ball was tipped. ...

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NFL opposes Rams-Saints do-over, saying it could cost league more than $100M: court filing

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By Paulina Dedaj | Fox News

A rematch of last weekend’s NFC Championship Game due to bad call could cost the league millions, the NFL said Friday.

NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said in a sworn affidavit that replaying the final minutes of last Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints because of a bad call could cost the NFL “more than $100 million” because it could mean delaying Super Bowl LIII.

No penalty was called after Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis while a Drew Brees pass was in the air with less than two minutes remaining in the game. A flag for pass interference would have given the Saints a first down and a chance to run down the clock before kicking a potential game-winning field goal.

Instead, the Saints were forced to kick the field goal sooner, and returned possession to the Rams -- giving Los Angeles enough time on the clock to tie the game again and force it into overtime, where the Rams won. ...

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Concern around NFL boiling up over assignment of Rams-Saints refs, all from Southern California

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By Will Brinson | CBS Sports

Super Bowl week is about to kick off, but no one is moving past the situation from the week prior, when the Rams-Saints game was decided by a blown call in which Nickell Robey-Coleman was not flagged for pass interference, despite it being an obvious DPI call. In fact, "concern" is reportedly bubbling up about the NFL allowing multiple officials who live in Southern California to referee the game.

Everyone agrees it should have been a flag. Replay clearly confirmed what happened. The NFL told Sean Payton the officials blew the call. Robey-Coleman even admitted it was pass interference. As a result, conspiracy theorists and fans alike have been popping up, demanding Roger Goodell invoke a rarely known rulebook and overturn the outcome of the game.

That's not going to happen, but the NFL moving forward will not stop people from questioning what happened. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, there is "concern around the NFL" about the manner in which the league handled the referee assignments for the game. ...

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Super Bowl delay caused by Saints-Rams NFC title game replay would be costly, NFL says

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(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The NFL has given no official statement on the blown call that potentially cost the New Orleans Saints a spot in the Super Bowl, but a court filing Friday (Jan. 25) gave some estimation of the cost for a potential Super Bowl delay.

To replay any portion of the controversial NFC Championship loss by the Saints would cause a potential delay to the playing of an event that has an “investment of more than $100 million," according to a sworn affidavit filed by Joseph Sinclare, the Executive Vice President and CEO of the NFL.

The affidavit is in response to a lawsuit filed by Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert on behalf of Saints season ticket holders and the “Who Dat Nation” that calls for an unlikely re-playing of at least some portion of the NFC Championship.

A controversial no-call on what the Saints argued should have been a pass interference penalty caused the Saints to kick a field goal with 1 minute, 45 seconds remaining in regulation, allowing the Los Angeles Rams enough time to get into position for a tying field goal before winning in overtime. ...

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Matthews: Benefactor of Saints billboards wants to expose Roger Goodell and maddeningly silent NFL

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Matt Bowers, who payed for these billboards, says he wants "everyone to know what happened." (John Bazemore / AP)

By Wallace Matthews | NY Daily News

The billboards are so big, and so close to the action that not even Bill Vinovich and his officiating crew can miss them.

Some of them read “Saints Got Robbed.’’ Others, “NFL Bleaux it,’’ an insult with a dash of creole spice.

And when Roger Goodell and his toadies touched down in Atlanta this week for Super Bowl 53 – that’s LIII for the unpretentious – they were surely among the first things to greet them.

They are the work of Matt Bowers, a 44-year-old owner of auto dealerships in and around New Orleans, and even if he is tilting at windmills – the NFL has yet to even publicly acknowledge the mistake Vinovich and his six blind mice made in the NFC title game on Sunday – at least his billboards insure that this is one controversy the league will not be able to sweep under the Astroturf before its tainted Super Bowl kicks off on Feb. 3.

“I’ve been a Saints fan all my life,’’ Bowers said. “So believe me, I’ve seen it all. And this is the worst. Nothing else even comes close.’’ ...

Full Story - NY Daily News

Referee from Saints' NFC Championship loss officiates college basketball game, confronted by fans

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Referee Bill Vinovich #52 looks on during the second quarter in the NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) (SL)

By Christopher Dabe - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints and their fans won’t soon forget the missed pass interference call that could have put the team in the Super Bowl.

Nor, it seems, will the head referee from the NFC Championship played Sunday.

Bill Vinovich, who doubles as a college basketball referee during the week, faced a question from fans and asked that at least one sign be removed from a game he officiated Thursday (Jan. 24) at BYU in Provo, Utah.

“Was it pass interference,” asked one fan in a video posted to Twitter.

“I don’t wanna talk about that stuff,” he replied, according to the tweet. ...

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Report: Sean Payton speaks with Goodell, other NFL executives over missed Saints-Rams call

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Advocate staff file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

Advocate Staff Report

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is making the rounds this week after the NFC Championship against the Los Angeles Rams, trying to figure out what happened with the infamous missed pass interference call. The resounding answer? The officials should have called the foul.

Payton spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Senior Vice President of Officiating Al Riveron, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent and Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Goodell also spoke to Saints owner Gayle Benson.

Payton reached out to the league wanting to see how it would handle the situation and demonstrate leadership. The NFL believed the explanation that the officials missed the call was sufficient. ...

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