Rams fans aren’t leaving anything to chance — not even the NFL’s officiating crew.
After it was announced that referee Bill Vinovich would be calling Sunday’s game, fans started a petition to get the longtime official removed. The petition on Change.org had 7,084 signatures by 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, just shy of the 7,500 goal.
Why this strange call to action? According to the petition, Los Angeles has lost every game Vinovich has officiated. But, it’s not just the 0-8 record that has enraged fans.
According to the petition, addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Rams almost double the penalty yardage assessed compared to their opponents in games Vinovich has officiated since 2012.
“There is no reason to repeat the exact same officiating crew for the rematch in the playoffs, other than to stack the odds for Drew Brees to go out with a ring. There are TONS of other combinations the NFL could have chosen. Whether or not the bias is intentional, there is too much data to demonstrate a pattern, and for a corporation as big as the NFL to not see this pattern is highly unlikely. The magnitude of this game is too large and the referees should be neutral, plain and simple.”
The petition also notes that Vinovich is the only referee to eject Aaron Donald.
Kickoff between the Rams and Saints is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. ET.