NFL drama: Dallas Cowboys’ wild win feeds conspiracy theorists


Mix the NFL playoffs’ Wild Card round, America’s most divisive team and an epic botch job by game officials. What do you get?

Sunday night’s, um, eventful Dallas Cowboys win over the Detroit Lions, replete with a heaping side dish of outraged, the-fix-was-in conspiracy cries.

During the fourth quarter of the Cowboys vs. Lions NFC Wild Card game, Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens appeared to interfere with Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew on a third-down pass play intended for Pettigrew. A flag was thrown and the game’s referee announced a pass-interference penalty.

The Lions, up 20-17 with eight minutes to play, would have gained a critical first down while looking to all but put the game away with a touchdown drive. Here’s a screenshot from the play:

Seemed simple enough. But wait! Seconds later, the referee picked up the flag and the apparent penalty was not enforced. No one knew why and no explanation was immediately offered by the NFL or game officials. During the confusion, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant ran from the sideline onto the field to protest the call — which should have been a personal foul penalty.

Officials miss calls all the time — ragging on referees is a favorite pastime of NFL fans — but this? This was super weird. To have a call made, then mysteriously ignored — as opposed to simply missed in the first place — mystified longtime NFL players, coaches and observers:

Instead of continuing on their potential scoring drive, the Lions were forced to punt. Dallas would go on to win the game 24-20. Detroit blew its lead for a variety of reasons, including plenty of mistakes of their own, but the “wait, never mind” pass interference non-call was the game’s pivotal moment.

Former NFL officials were baffled:

Even Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was angry! He wrote on his personal LiveJournal blog (yes, he has a personal LiveJournal blog) that “If I was a Detroit Lions fan, I’d be screaming for referee blood about that.”

After the Cowboys sealed the deal, this tweet from the NFL’s official account seemed to beg for bitter responses:

The game’s ultimate result sets up a playoff matchup next week between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers — arguably the NFL’s two most iconic franchises clashing in a game that’s sure to draw monstrous ratings.

Was the fix actually in?




Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks to star running back DeMarco Murray before Sunday’s game.



The #fix hashtag was full of venom toward the NFL after the controversial play, but an actual fixed result is a heady, heady charge that would need much, much more supporting evidence for anyone to come anywhere near proving.

Of course, it’s already a problem that NFL referees are held in such low regard, so much so that a suggestion of a tampered result can gain traction. The moment was, in every way, awful for the league. It’s also worth mentioning that the past few months plagued by domestic violence scandals have done anything but give the NFL an appearance of transparency and credibility.

Here’s how referee Pete Morelli explained the sequence of events after the game: “The back judge flew his flag for pass interference. We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn’t warrant pass interference. He thought it was face-guarding.”

Face-guarding is a penalty in college football, but not in the NFL. In the NFL, penalty calls are not reviewable.

Now, for the truly conspiracy-minded, there is a juicy little nugget from this past August: Executives from around the NFL were peeved when footage emerged appearing to show Dean Blandino, the NFL’s head of officiating, carousing with several women and the son of Dallas owner Jerry Jones aboard a bus adorned with the Cowboys’ logo. As one amateur detective once said:


K. Michelle (@kmichelle) Announces My Twisted Mind Tour


After releasing her Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart sophomore album in December K. Michelle is coming to a city near you next month.  The R&B songstress will embark on the 12-date My Twisted Mind tour starting February 5th in San Francisco.

K. Michelle – “My Twisted Mind” Tour Dates:

Feb. 5 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
Feb. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theatre
Feb. 13 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Feb. 15 – Baton Rouge, LA – River Center
Feb. 16 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
Feb. 20 – Shreveport, LA – The Strand Theatre
Feb. 21 – Greenville, SC – Convention Center
Feb. 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Feb. 26 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Feb. 27 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
March 5 – Cincinnati, OH – National Theatre
March 6 – Indianapolis, IN – The Music Hall

O.T. Genasis (@otgenasis) – CoCo

California native O.T. Genasis decides to release a brand new visual for his smash single called CoCo directed by Dre Films and Busta Rhyhmes.

Macklemore and Fiancee Expecting First Child

Macklemore and his fiancee Tricia Davis are expecting their first child. No word if the baby is a boy or girl but is expected to arrive in May 2015.

We wanted to share the news with you ourselves…Love Ben & Tricia,” Today the media speculated about some big news in our life. So we decided to share it with you ourselves.

Empire on Fox

EMPIRE is a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson and premiers January 7th 2015 9pm.

The Game (@thegame) Announces The Documentary 10th Anniversary Concert

The Documentary

Ten years ago this month, The Game released his breakout debut The Documentary. In honor of the anniversary, the Compton rapper will throw a concert in Los Angeles.

The show, which will feature special guests, is set to take place on January 18 at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. Tickets are on sale now.

Game made the announcement on Instagram. “I will be having a 10 Year Anniversary concert Sunday January 18th!!! Performing The Documentary in its entirety w/ Special guests and surprises. You do not want to miss this shit !!!” he said.

He previously planned to release The Documentary 2, a sequel to his 2005 album, on that same day. However, it appears that the album has been postponed.

In an interview with Power 106’s J Cruz and Justin Credible last summer, he revealed that he was “going back to the Just Blazes, Scott Storches, Dr. Dres,” who worked on the original album.

The Documentary went gold in its first week and spawned the 50 Cent-assisted hits “Hate It or Love It” and “How We Do.”

Los Angeles: This is the 1st & only time I will ever do this in my careeer in my city…. ONE NIGHT ONLY…. January 18th marks the 10 Year Anniversary to my Classic Album #TheDocumentary which dropped January 18th 2005…. and I will be having a 10 Year Anniversary concert Sunday January 18th !!! Performing The Documentary in its entirety w/ Special guests and surprises.  You do not want to miss this shit !!! No work or school on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday so you know we can get turnt up Sunday night !!!! Tickets on sale now! S/O @thertdgroup Location: Belasco Theatre 1050 S. Hill St. LA, CA 90015 See you there !!!!!!! #BloodMoney #Aftermath #10thAnniversary

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