Super Bowl LVI brought everything a football fan could ask for when it comes to high drama. The moment seemed made-for-TV, as did the bulk of this season’s NFL playoffs. In the end, the Los Angeles Rams overcame a stellar effort from the underdog Cincinnati Bengals to become Super Bowl champions. The game came down to a nail-biting final drive that ultimately saw the Rams defense come out on top.

There were a couple of questionable calls during the game by the officiating crew. A long Cincinnati touchdown should have been called back after it was revealed that Tee Higgens facemasked his defender to create separation. The Rams were victims of several calls that had the hometown crowd fuming, as well.

Jaded NFL fans took to social media to express their disappointment. It was so widespread that the word “rigged” started trending. Many believed that the Super Bowl wasn’t on the level.

“I thought Vince McMahon was involved with the XFL and not the NFL.”


“Never called the facemask and throw down on the Bengels touchdown. I could careless who won, but there is that. Can’t just pick and choose which ones to follow. #rigged”

“I stopped watching the NFL years ago because the refs can decide games… Did you ever wonder why everyone on the field has to do press conferences after, except the refs? Imagine if they had to answer questions about their performance?#rigged”

“I’ve never seen a league hate honest competition more than the @NFl does #rigged”

The truth is, there are bad calls and missed calls in every NFL game. The human element is part of the sport unless the league decides to go with artificial intelligence robo refs. Is anybody really looking to launch a Skynet type of situation through football? In any case, these fans and several others are all-in on the theory that the NFL is rigging games.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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