Rams fans want referee Vinovich removed from Saints game

It's not happening

Seth Dunlap
January 20, 2019 - 10:55 am

The NFC Championship game won't be played until this afternoon, but Los Angeles Rams fans are already lining up excuses for their team's possible loss.

Rams fans started a petition earlier this week to remove referee Bill Vinovich from officiating their matchup against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game.  The reason?  The Rams are 0-8 in games Vinovich has officiated since 2012.  That includes the Rams-Saints matchup earlier this season, a 45-35 Week 9 win for the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Vinovich is one of the more highly regarded head officialas in the NFL.  He was the referee of Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks in 2015, and he was the alternate for Super Bowl XLVII.

Fans who don't like a deluge of yellow flags on the field during the game should also be glad Vinovich was assigned to this high profile game.  His crews threw a league-low 13.1 flags per game, and the Saints (#5) and Rams (#7) were among the NFL's least-penalized teams this season.

The petition wasn't successful in getting Vinovich removed from the game, but it was successful in making part of the Rams fan base look fairly petty. 



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