After narrowly losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LLI the Patriots immediately took to the airwaves to decry their perceived culprit for the greatest upset in Super Bowl history.
"Where is Alberto Riveron when you need him," Eric Rowe, the replacement corner for the surprisingly benched Malcolm Butler stated.
The Patriots did seem to be disadvantaged by the fact that the famously Patriot friendly referee was not on the staff for the game. Riveron offered up his condolences to Patriot's Nation in a tweet:
@Bostonref#1 - "I did the best I could for #Partiotsnation during the regular season. Sorry I wasn't there to hand you Lombardi #6."
After having three victories handed to them by Riveron in the 2017-18 season alone it appeared that New England had become accustomed to having a "12th man in stripes" as they call referees in Foxboro lend them a hand.
"We thought Gene Saratore knew his place", Patrick Chung stated, "but after the second easy to overturn touchdown was left as called on the field we knew we were in trouble."
There were several plays throughout the game that were very reminiscent of calls from earlier in the season that went New England's way.
"Just a few weeks ago we could expect the refs to do what they need to do for us," Tom Brady said, referring to the Steelers game where Riveron took away an obvious game deciding touchdown from Pittsburgh that was a carbon copy of the one they left alone when Zach Ertz did it in the Super Bowl. "Now, I'm not so sure," the despondent, pouty elitist stated as he stomped off in a huff.
Coach Belichick was asked what he thought of the play calling. "It is what it is," he replied in a gruff, yet smug demeanor. "We expect everyone to do your job, and maybe the refs forgot what that was."
Belichick was reminded that the refs were there for both teams and to make sure no one cheats, to which he replied by ending the press conference and walking out without saying another word.
Gronkowski was asked what his opinion was of the refereeing job during the Super Bowl to which he replied, "Me no like stripey shirt guys no more."
The refs themselves were a bit apologetic about the outcome.
"We really did want to help our buddies in New England out," one anonymous ref admitted, "but we were told if we give one more game to the Patriots, especially the Super Bowl, our ass is grass."