Imagine a world in which a group of fanatical people refuse to accept the cold hard truth that the contestant that they've decided to cheer for and support has lost. Imagine, instead, that they invent conspiracy theories to explain away the loss and/or they believe that all of the powers-that-be are in on it as well. That the "fix is in", as they say.
Welcome to the NFL these days, folks, a sort of microcosm of the general insanity swallowed by some folks today. These are the folks insisting Taylor Swift is part of some evil global plot and that the Chiefs are the league's chosen franchise—and that Roger Goodell and his minions are willing to move heaven and earth (and cheat in any possible way) to make things happen.
Even the refs are in on it.
It's one thing for fans to buy into it, I suppose, but it's another for NFL players to put forth such a notion. It seems that fewer and fewer persons are able to say, "We got beat by a better team today." For example, look at Baltimore Ravens defensive end Odafe Oweh who posted this on his Instagram account on Friday.
Then there's the actual evidence:
The whole thing is so silly. When the Chiefs lose to anyone, even if the game was clearly lost by mental mistakes of their own doing, the team is quick to hand credit over to their opponents from the top down. Before every game, we hear Andy Reid talk up the "challenge" of playing any team in the National Football League.
Are you really going to tell me that Oweh thinks the refs are in on this? Have those same refs also kept him from blossoming like the first-round pick he was projected to be instead of remaining a part-time starter?
The truth is that, for some people, even if you could display evidence, they would ignore it. You could placate them with every bit of evidence or go to the trouble to try to convince them but it won't matter. They're so immature they can't handle the notion of losing so they'll stick to their stories—no matter how far-fetched.
Try trumping that.