There is already a 'Super Bowl was rigged' theory floating around the Internet
Umm, excuse me... if that's true, why couldn't the NFL "create" and "steer" us into a half-decent Super Bowl contest on Sunday?
There are actually two separate "NFL is rigged" conspiracy theories gaining inexplicable momentum on social media today. One is the Super Bowl XLVIII Believed to have been Rigged and Currently Under Investigation by NFL, an article published by a fake-news site called Huzlers.com and trending on Facebook. The other is the NFL RIGGED - 49ers defeat Seahawks / Refs Defeat 49ers, a 15-minute video arguing that the officials made calls favorable to the Seahwaks in the NFC Championship.
The fake-news article does not sound fake, contains no jokes or punchlines, and claims that "Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay told reporters he sensed something strange when he overhead Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning allegedly asking Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll 'When are you going to pay up?'. The debunked article comes from Huzlers.com, a site trying to be like The Onion, but whom wouldn't know actual humor if it bit them on the rear end, stuck them in a clown car and sent them all-expenses-paid to a Bill Murray comedy retreat.
On the other hand, that The YouTube video of the NFC Championship game conspiracy theory actually claims to tell the honest truth. The video goes on for nearly 15 minutes to detail a litany of the game's close calls and make the case that the refs certainly had it out for the Seahawks to beat the 49ers .
People, I'm a Cleveland Browns fan. I could probably make a fifteen-minute video proving that the refs rigged every Browns loss of the last 15 years if I had enough time on my hands. Fifteen minutes of evidence does not make an argument true, particularly when half of that 15 minutes is onscreen text and iMovie clip transition edits.
The video is additionally riddled with theoretical assumptions and factual inaccuracies. Plus you can hear the guy's dog in the background throughout. I think we need to get back to more level and sane discussions in the wake of Seattle's championship victory.
You know, like the Investigate 9/11 Guy at the Super Bowl press conference.