The Hit becomes more painful to watch every time I see it.

You know The Hit, the illegal and unpenalized play that cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta, where the Los Angeles Rams, beneficiaries of the non-call, will play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Saints fans like me should thank J.B. Smoove many times over for providing comic relief from the pain with his re-enactment of the defensive pass interference and helmet-to-helmet the dirty refs ignored in the NFC championship game on Jan. 20 in New Orleans.

Smoove, the comedian, actor and Saints fan who lives in Los Angeles, did his hilarious bit on Super Bowl Media Night on Monday for “The Rich Eisen Show” before Rams and Patriots players and coaches answered his crazy questions.

The sketch opens with Smoove, playing the role of Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, getting knocked to the floor by a guy in the role of Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

“Where’s the flag, ref? Where’s the flag, ref?” Smoove yells “It’s helmet-to-helmet contact. Somebody in the booth help us. This is Opening Night at the Super Bowl in Atlanta and all these cameras and nobody’s going to intervene with the flag.”

I found the video on YouTube and it’s by far the funniest moment of Super Bowl Week.

This will make Saints fans laugh and forget for a couple minutes the way in which their team was Ram-robbed and ref-robbed.

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John E. Bialas
John, 66, is retired from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Herald newspaper in Gulfport, Miss., after a 45-year career there in which he was a sportswriter, weekend sports editor, book reviewer, rock music critic, copy editor, blogger, Facebook administrator and award-winning headline writer and page designer. He lives in Gulfport with his wife, Patricia, and writes the blog Pictures of Tilly which you can find at http://picturesoftilly.net/.