But we all have that one official we just don't trust, don't we?
Uneasiness set in once they realized referee Bill Vinovich was calling the game, though; somehow, some way, the Rams are 0-8 since 2012 during Vinovich games.
The Rams are 0-8 with Bill Vinovich as the referee so one fan started a petition to remove him from the NFC title game https://t.co/lhXClqG0Hl— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 16, 2019
That has led to a petition, which right now is at 7,195 signatures, just shy of the 7,500 signature goal, to remove the man from the action.
7️⃣,0️⃣8️⃣4️⃣— Sporting News (@sportingnews) January 19, 2019
That's the amount of signatures (as of 1 p.m. ET) Rams fans have gotten on their petition to have referee Bill Vinovich removed from the NFC championship game. https://t.co/VO9gOHJOR4 pic.twitter.com/zyVM6yQcLq
We don't hate the initiative.
The petition has been addressed to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and some of the facts from Vinovich 's time calling Rams games are alarming. For instance, the Rams' opponent has never had more penalty yardage, including the Rams getting nearly double the penalty yardage compared to their opponent's total, whichever team that may be.
Oh, and even though NFL ejections are rare, Vinovich is the only referee to eject Aaron Donald, as well as former Ram Chris Long.
The petition goes on to say that there is too much information and data to support Vinovich and his crew calling this game for things to be on an even playing field. They even go as far as insinuating that the NFL is rigging this game so Drew Brees can reach the Super Bowl.
It's highly unlikely that the NFL will change the referee crew this close to a playoff game, but Rams fans do have a point.
And an unfortunate reality to deal with.