Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Beat Dem Refs?

Charlie Cox@@charles_a_coxCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts pressures Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Certainly not the Indianapolis Colts

Peyton Manning's fourth-quarter pick-six sealed the game for the New Orleans Saints: their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.

The city of New Orleans can now recover after Hurricane Katrina hit nearly five years ago. The fans in the French Quarter this year actually looked like their everyday lives were still affected as they were all smiles and loaded on Jesters and beer.

Now the debacle New Orleans faces is: who will claim the rights to the beloved "Who Dat" phrase, which hopefully the seven parties fighting over ownership don't sue me for the use of it in the title.

Maybe in another five years, the Saints will win another Super Bowl so the city can recover from that argument; either that, or the hangover every citizen will face after tonight.

So Drew Brees is the Super Bowl MVP and savior of New Orleans. His 32-of-39 performance was surely attributed in his selection.

Perhaps it was also attributed to the fact that the Indianapolis pass rush and the feared Dwight Freeney were stuck in bear hugs the entire game.

In fact, it wasn't Freeney's ankle that altered his performance and rendered him nearly useless in the game; it was something that a cortisone shot couldn't fix.

As seen in the photo above, Freeney experienced the closest form of bromance on the gridiron by getting held and hugged close to every play.

Freeney wasn't the only one, however, who was effected by the no-calls. My favorite part was the no-call pass interference on Jonathan Vilma where he climbed Dallas Clark's back to knock away a pass over the middle.

What was more interesting was the Zapruder film of a replay that was shown, excluding all the frames where contact was made.

The game quickly turned into a one-sided prison beating. Numerous times the Saints threw cheap shots at the Colts players. Yet, I'm not shocked that the officiating crew overlooked them. 

In fact, the Saints were only penalized three times. Twice on false starts, and once on a unnecessary roughness penalty towards the "who cares, the game's over" part of the game. 

Penalties were enforced on the Colts at just the right times to halt potential drives and big plays from happening, more so in the second half.

Then there was the two-point conversion call. Whatever the rule was stating that it should be overturned, the referee sure didn't know what it was or why.

Through his sputtering and stuttering in a loss for words, I almost believed he was going to justify it for a $15k bonus.

Throughout the past several years, it has become more evident that there is a certain amount of bias implemented into games by the NFL. After all, it is a business and why not do what it takes to achieve more ratings and make more money? 

For example, in Super Bowl XL, the Pittsburgh Steelers seemed to have every call go their way while the Seattle Seahawks stood in disbelief.

The following season, the NFL had no need to implement any bias due to the void of the Chicago Bears' offense led by Rex Grossman. Devon Hester tried, but couldn't beat the Colts by himself.

The next season, the New England Patriots' high flying offense was shut down by a mediocre New York Giants' defense and a little help from a one-sided officiating crew.

Then there was last year, which seemed to be absent of any influence at all; however Arizona Cardinals' fans will disagree.

The game was played out by both teams to where the only controversial call was at the end of the game on LaMarr Woodley's sack and forced fumble that wasn't reviewed.

With that said, congratulations to the NFL referees: a true dynasty.