I heard from a few readers Sunday who are convinced that NFL officials favored the New York Jets in their 10-point loss to the Carolina Panthers.
I was surprised; I know that conspiracy theorists abound. But the idea that officials go into a game with the intent of favoring the big-market team, the team with the established stars or the team that's playing your team is absurd.
You think replay officials wake up next to a horse head if they turn down an offer they can't refuse?
The NFL is the most scrutinized of U.S. sports. Teams play no more than once a week. We watch. We notice. We scrutinize. If there were a pattern of bias or corruption, we would know.
Speaking of patterns, why do officials who have dedicated their waking hours to undermining the Panthers continue to throw flags against Carolina and then pick them up?
Look. For some of us life is easier and more fair if we decide that officals are out to get our team and that employers, the government and the media are out to get us.
I get it. I grew up a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. I didn't think the Vikes got their share of the calls.
Then I turned 11.