Officiating was woeful throughout the playoffs. Has it always been
this bad? I can understand the Big Ben TD (I'm not going to try to
spell Roethlisberger). But I don't think it mattered. Fourth and goal
from 2 inches, with their defense. I would have been shocked if they
kicked a FG. Would probably have been 7 anyway.
Offensive PI call was ticky-tacky. You don't call that in a SB. There
was no holding on the pass the the 1 yard line (all the "experts" I
heard agreed on that), and the call against Hasselbeck may have been
one of the worst calls ever made. What was he thinking? Where does it
say you can't tackle below the waist?
All that being said, Seattle managed to do enough to beat themselves.
Stevens left his hands in the locker room, and the clock management
at the end of the half and the end of the game was inexplicable. You
can't allow 76 yd runs and 3rd and 28 conversions, and expect to win.
Too bad. The way Ben was playing, the Seahawks should have won that
Time for full-time officials. The NFL can certainly afford it.
--- In email@example.com, George <patswingr@...> wrote:
> The officials directly affected both the scoring and the momentum
in that game in the Steelers favor. That was not offensive PI by
Jackson in the end zone. (Sadly, I think he would have been open with
the reverse move he made, even without putting his hand in the DB's
chest.) That should have been a TD, not the FG that followed.
> I disagree with those who felt that the replay of the
Roethlisberger "TD" was inconlusive. IMO, it was clear that he did
not get the ball over the goal line before he was down. That should
have been a 4th down decision for the Steelers, and likely a FG,
rather than the TD.
> Hasselbeck was making a tackle attempt, not throwing a block, and
should not have been called for a penalty on the play that called
back a big play to the Steeler's 1 yard line. And the holding calls
on not one, but 2 big plays by the Seahawks were both phantoms. No
holding in sight.
> It's true that the Seahawks did not play well. Neither, however,
did the Steelers. Steeler fans' "Big Ben" was 9 for 21, with 2 INTs,
and no TDs. Real "big game" there, huh?
> The Steelers got 3 big plays on the Seattle defense - the pass to
Ward at the 1; the 75 yard TD run by Parker; and the "no surprise"
option pass by Randle El to Ward for the final TD. No NFL defense
worth a damn can allow 3 big plays like that, and deserve to win.
Seattle blew it, in that regard, despite outplaying the Steelers on
offense and defense throughout the rest of the game.
> But, despite their poor play, they still might have won that game
with good officiating.
> The Steelers, in my opinion, have absolutely nothing to be proud
of in this "victory". They played an overall poor game, with 3 big
plays, and LOTS of help from a horrible performance by the officials.
Their rings should be cubic zirconias, rather than diamonds. It's an
> I hereby declare that the New England Patriots are STILL the
champions of the NFL, since neither the Steelers nor the Seahawks
deserve the title!
> Patriots fan forever!