Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman received death threats after no-call in NFC championship “As a direct result of the said incident, plaintiffs herein have been left bereft and with no faith in the National Football league for fairness despite the league’s own rules to correct such errors, along with emotional anguish, monetary loss for ticket holders, who purchases tickets with the presumption of integrity and fairness,” the lawsuit read, per the Advocate.The Rams went on to win the NFC championship game, 26-23, in overtime and advanced to Super Bowl 53, where Los Angeles will face the Patriots on Sunday. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan, however, denied the request Thursday, according to the New Orleans Advocate.Saints season-ticket holders Tommy Badeaux and Candis Lambert filed the lawsuit last week, according to the Advocate, which claimed Saints fans suffered incredible damages from the missed call. The damages included mental anguish, emotional trauma and loss of enjoyment of life, among other aspects. Related News A judge has ruled in favor of the NFL as part of a Saints-related lawsuit following controversy for a botched call in the NFC championship game.The lawsuit, which was filed in New Orleans Civil District Court, requested to have NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell enforce a rule that would allow the end of the Saints-Rams game to be replayed due to the missed pass interference call late in the fourth quarter because of “extraordinarily unfair acts.”
It can never be easy, can it?It seems like just yesterday the Vancouver Canucks were sitting pretty in second place in the Pacific Division with a playoff berth almost guaranteed. Now, a season previously full of excitement and optimism for Vancouver suddenly seems in danger of derailment. As always, lady luck has also been involved. The Canucks have had more than their fair share of bad bounces, including one that led to Columbus’ game-winning goal on Sunday. Still, the sooner Markstrom returns, the better.In the meantime, the rest of the team has to figure out how to get back on track before it’s too late. It still has a good chance of making the playoffs considering its talent on the roster, but Nashville, Winnipeg, and Phoenix are all lurking. It’s been four long years without a playoff appearance in Vancouver, and to let this season slip away would be a painful blow to a young and promising group of players. After a devastating blown lead against Columbus on Sunday night, the team has slumped to a three-game losing streak and is 4-7-1 in its last 12 games. According to The Athletic, Vancouver’s chances of making the playoffs were more than 90 percent just a few weeks ago. That figure has now dipped to 64 percent. MORE: See where the Canucks fall in our latest NHL Power RankingsSo should Canucks fans start to panic? Well, the team’s success earlier this season was mostly down to two things: an elite power-play unit and good goaltending. The good news is that the power-play is still one of the very best in the league. During their slump, the Canucks have scored at least one goal on the power play in eight of 12 games, converting 32 percent of their opportunities. That’s exceptionally good special teams play. They’ve also averaged over three goals a game in that stretch, which is right around what they were averaging throughout the whole season up until that point. Clearly, offense is not the problem. The goaltending, on the other hand, has been suspect. Jacob Markstrom’s injury has been a huge blow to the team, with his backups struggling to cope. Thatcher Demko simply hasn’t been at his best after being thrust into the starter’s role, giving up weak goals against Ottawa on Thursday and Toronto on Saturday.New addition Louis Domingue wasn’t much better on Sunday against Columbus, giving up three goals in the third period to allow the comeback. It’s unfair to blame everything on the goalies, of course. Vancouver’s skaters have been outshot 421-371 over the past 12 contests. Markstrom started six games of those games, Demko started five and Domingue started one.