I've tried to quit the NFL.
But I can't give up on the New Orleans Saints, the team I've followed since childhood. I have a visceral connection to the team almost as intense as my love for the LSU Tigers.
Watching the Saints-Cowboys game Sunday night tested my commitment. The Saints defense played well, but the Teddy Bridgewater-led offense kept getting stymied by the referees calling penalties.
Running back Alvin Kamara was special as usual. But the Saints managed four field goals. That was enough the beat the Cowboys, a dynamic offense in previous games but a broken down junker in the Superdome.
The meager highlights shown at halftime made we wonder whether the highlights will soon be the refs throwing flags.
Holding calls have skyrocketed this year. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady complained after he found a TV game unbearable. For one week, the holding calls fell. But the refs called holding on nearly every other play in the Saints-Cowboys game.
Perhaps the NFL wants to celebrate its 100th season by makjng the games look like something from 1919. The referee who annnounced penalties got more air time than the Cowboys' Dak Prescott or Kamara.
I should be happy. The Saints won, with aging star quarterback Drew Brees on the sideline massaging his injured thumb.
But a 12-10 game doesn't match the NFL's claim to excitement.