From the strange but true file.
An online petition posted by an admitted "bitter fan" calling for the NFL to investigate the Bengals' 18-16 wild-card loss Saturday to the Pittsburgh Steelers had received nearly 17,000 signatures
as of 2 p.m. Monday.
Jamaal Spivey, who cites officiating inconsistencies in the game, posted the petition
"Any real football football fan has to admit there was a lot of shadiness surrounding this game," he writes. "This is more than being upset with a loss."
Believe it or not, there is a portion of the NFL rule book -- Rule 17, Article 2 -- devoted to Extraordinarily Unfair Acts.
The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which he deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.
Of course, that's not going to happen in this case, Bengals fans.