By now, everybody has heard about "the call" during the Ravens-Patriots game. Ravens linebacker Suggs barely brushed Tom Brady's leg, and he was called for a personal foul for a low hit on the quarterback. The penalty highlighted a larger problem with some NFL referees. Star players get preferential treatment. On that particular play, Tom Brady lobbied for the penalty by immediately pointing to the nearest referee, as if he were demanding a flag to be thrown. Guess what? He got what he asked for. There are a handful of big stars in the NFL who have such influence over referees' decisions, but none more influential than the league's biggest star, Tom Brady. In most cases, as it was Sunday, it unfairly affects the outcomes of games. That particular penalty may have cost the Ravens the game. ...
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