Saints WR Michael Thomas has hilarious reaction to Bill Vinovich being named Super Bowl LIV referee
Michael Thomas still can’t get over the New Orleans Saints‘ exit from the 2018 NFL playoffs.
Upon learning that Bill Vinovich — the head referee of the crew that called the NFC Championship game between the Saints and Los Angeles Rams last season, will be officiating the Super Bowl — the wide receiver took to Twitter to share his thoughts:
O no 😭😂😂 he don’t even own any flags . Let me stop 😂😂 https://t.co/8rkXl60tew
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 15, 2020
Thomas is referring to the no-call on what should have been pass interference (as well as helmet-to-helmet contact) on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman late in the fourth quarter of that game, a moment that affected the outcome of the contest.
Los Angeles went on to win the game in overtime, and New Orleans has still not forgotten it.
You can’t necessarily blame Thomas for still being salty, as he (and probably every other player on that Saints team) feels that he was cheated out of a trip to the Super Bowl. Still, at the same time, there were bad calls that went both ways in that game, so it does seem a bit much to pin the Saints’ loss on that one call.
New Orleans has had ample opportunities to make playoff runs over the last several years, suffering a couple of losses to the Minnesota Vikings in the process.
During the 2017-18 campaign, Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs waltzed in for a game-winning touchdown catch after safety Marcus Williams missed a tackle, and this year, Minnesota defeated New Orleans in overtime.
So, yes, that no-call hurt, but it’s not like the Saints haven’t had their chances.