Man files for injunction to boot San Diego Chargers out of playoffs
DENVER — Fans of the San Diego Chargers are few and far between in Denver this week, but do you hate Phillip Rivers and company enough to take legal action?
One Pennsylvania man apparently does.
Daniel Spuck of Mercer, Pa., has filed a motion against the National Football League for “a temporary emergency injunction” on the basis that the Chargers should not be in the postseason because of a missed call in the Week 17 game between San Diego and Kansas City.
The filing came before the first round of the playoffs.
Spuck, whom the Baltimore Sun reported is an inmate in a corrections facility, claims that officials in the Kansas City Chiefs game failed to call an illegal alignment formation on the Chargers, which would have allowed Kansas City to re-kick a 41-yard field goal the team missed with eight seconds remaining.
Had KC made the kick, San Diego’s loss would have sent the Pittsburgh Steelers to the postseason as the final wild-card team.
In the filing, Spuck suggested some possible remedies for the missed call: The NFL could suspend the playoffs while they allow kicker Ryan Succop to re-kick the field goal, or let the Steelers play the Chargers at a neutral site to determine who plays on.
Thus far, the NFL seems unimpressed. San Diego is still scheduled to take on the Broncos this Sunday in Denver.