I was away for a few days but when I left I had thought this thread was dead. But I am amazed ... there are some people who can step out their preconditioned view of reality and dare to question their established way of thinking. People who are willing to re-examine their established precepts. I was one of you who considered a NFL conspiracy to be absurd. I had many of the same ideas that many of you have even to this day. I believe the reason I held on to those beliefs was that if "fixing" was a reality then I would not be able to enjoy this activity any longer. So I resisted changing my point of view by accumulating many reasons ( mostly unsubstantiated ) why there were no fixes in NFL. But after people kept after me about this my disbelief began to turn to doubt. Could I absolutely be sure there were no fixes? Answer : No. and for one major reason. The Reaon there has to be doubt is BILLIONs of dollars are involved. In a game like the Superbowl there are BILLIONs of dollars involved. National media is driven by how big an audience they can attract by offering certain programming. The SuperBowl is not just about the Chicago or New York market. It is about the Whole World Market. The polls went out and the vast majority wanted to see a Ravens vs 49ers SuperBowl. Guess what ... that is what they got. Now several people have given reasons that tend to substantiate a NFL conspiracy theory but there is no unequivocal proof that it is true. As some one said a good conspiracy is very difficult to prove. There was some kinda of proof that went like " if it doesn't fit you must acquit". If that were the way I decide on truth then I would be delusional. Several people want this thread moved or locked but credit to the moderators for allowing free expression. This is a topic that is important to all of us fans and it directly concerns the state of American Football today. Peace to all those with ruffled feathers. I can still enjoy the game of football as long as I don't expect a certain outcome. It is entertainment and there are magnificent thrilling plays seen in every game.