Skip to comments.Refs were far from Super in this one
Posted on 02/06/2006 6:50:28 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
This is the space where I get to crow about the frightening precision of my Super Bowl prediction.
Where I get to remind everyone that I guaranteed the Steelers would win the title after they beat the Colts. That they were the only championship-caliber team among the final four. That they would dismantle the Broncos in Denver and waylay whomever the NFC sent at them.
I've never felt so empty being right. I feel dirty. I wish I'd been wrong. The Steelers did not deserve to win this game. They were not the better team. O'Connor was right. Seattle was the better team.
So, Paul Tagliabue, how does a team lose when it outgains an opponent by 57 yards, controls time of possession and wins the turnover battle?
Every single questionable, marginal or outright bad call went against the Seahawks....
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"So, Paul Tagliabue, how does a team lose when it outgains an opponent by 57 yards, controls time of possession and wins the turnover battle?"
Errr.... the other one scores more points??
I agree the officiating sucked. There were a couple of real boners, but Pittsburgh still won decisively. The 2nd half wasn't even close.
You don't get points for outgaining your opponent, time of possession, and turnovers. Seattle couldn't put the ball in the endzone or kick a long field goal or move the ball in the red zone. That's how you win the statistics and lose the game.
i agree, Super Fraud XL
You don't win on stats, you win on points, but the officiating in the playoffs and in the SuperBowl should be the best.
I have only seen worse officiating in the ACC.
Sure they did and could and the refs kept taking it away from them. Offensive interference, and Holding.
I didn't have a "horse" in this race, but I told my husband the officiating was reminding me of the scoring of a boxing match...more than a little suspect.
Let us not forget that the Seattle receivers appeared to be wearing boxing gloves and blind folds for much of the game.
Read through the article - I think bad calls made the difference here.
It's a lot like basketball where the refs blow their whistles for every little touch of air that looks like some incidental contact may have occured. There should be rules that forbid the refs from making calls that are the result of incidental contact of a play and let them play!
No doubt...the worst officiated game I have ever watched. Not even instant replay was allowed to overturn bad calls....yeah, Rothlisberger really put that ball in the end zone all right, Not!
You can't say even if the calls didn't go against Seattle, that Seattle would have won the game. Pittsburgh most likely would have done things differently, and perhaps still would have found a way to win the game. But we'll never know. But yes, the NFL botched this big time. Years from now, all that will be remembered about XL, is not Parker's TD run, but the bad officiating.
"Read through the article - I think bad calls made the difference here."
A 14 point swing of difference ... but let's not be picky.
That's the one call I think they actually did get right. The ball ever so briefly crossed the plane. At least there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the call. However, the offensive interference and "phantom" holding calls were atrocious, and you can't review those calls. And the timing of those calls couldn't have been worse.
The MVP award should go to the Refs.
The Refs determined the end result.
In so many ways, the Refs were terrible.
Exactly. Bottom line, the Steelers ended up with more points, and that's the only stat that matters - not yards, QB rating or anything else. I think the offensive pass interference call that cancelled out the Seattle TD was erroneous, but replays seemed to vindicate the refs on the other questionable ones. The game wasn't decided on a penalty or two - the Steelers outplayed the Hawks when it mattered.
The difference was also Seattle's horrible clock management. Can't blame that one on the refs.
5-17 on third down.
2 missed FGs.
Horrendous clock management.
Whining about the officiating rather than playing the game.
The tip of the ball broke the plane, TD.
Absolutely disagree, Football, like any other game is a game of momentum and points...the refs controlled both to the disadvantage of the Seahawks. The Steelers would have found themselves in a world of hurt had the refs not interferred, revised game plan or not.
It was so blatant that a convincing agruement can be made in this case that the refs caused the outcome of the game.
The luckiest person has to be Seattle's kicker. Lost in the fog of the officiating is the fact that he missed two crucial FGs, that could have made the difference. Yet nobody is harping on this.
Oh, I don't know. You can always count on bad officiating in a Notre Dame football game, where the refs will bend over backwards to help the Irish.
Bull. There was a Seattle turnover that didn't happen (catch and fumble) because the official wrongly blew it dead as an incomplete pass -- not subject to review. None of the Seahawks mourners want to address that bad call, they only care about the calls that hurt them -- evewn the good ones.
Game's over, people. Steelers won. Get over it.
While the officiating was terrible, Seattle worked just as hard as the refs to make sure they lost the game. Clock management, "stone fingers" Stevens, sideline routes that stayed in bounds ... you name it. Not a pretty win for the Steelers, but a win ninetheless.
We should all - Steeler fans too - get on this bad officiating. It has to stop.
Never mind the calls that gave and took away touchdowns - when you ignore the venerable "the ground can't cause a fumble" and throw a flag anyway and then (I admit this is when I turned the game off) aren't with it enough to pick up your flag but have to be reversed - when I read it was reversed I assumed by the booth, you shouldn't be officiating HS football let alone the SB.
Negating one Hawk TD (which would have made it 10-0 and changed the complexion of the game), then killed another catch inside the 2 yard line that might have resulted in yet another TD with a bogus holding call.
That's the same thing as putting more stock in exit polls than the actual ballots cast.
Must be just another crybaby Seahawks fan. Sure are a lot of them these days.
Hmmmm, Bettis did go to Notre Dame.
Seattle should have been ahead about 14-0 in the first half because the Steelers didn't even show up until after half time.
Just because Michael "cokehead" Irvin did it way back when, doesn't mean it's legal in the present form of the NFL.
Sure...the tip of the ball broke the plane in quantum space...didnt look like it to me.
In fact it only looked like he might have broke the plain after he was down and the ball had hit the ground.
This had to be the worst superbowl on record. The steelers looked bad, and the Seahawks didnt look much better.
He put the football into the end zone...only after he was on the ground for a while.
"The ball ever so briefly crossed the plane."
The NFL's Competition Committee needs to change this rule of the ball breaking the plane constitutes a TD. Bring back the days when the football had to physically end up in the endzone. This would enable the defense to use the sidelines for what it was intended...as the 12th defensive player. Instant replays seem to revolve around whether the ball had broken the plane.
Us Dallas Stars fans had to put up with the same crap from Sabres fans after we won the Stanley Cup. As if they just knew they were going to win game six anyway, even if Hull's goal was disallowed, AND game 7 in Dallas.
7-0, not 10-0. Seattle kicked the field goal after they were caught cheating on the "touchdown".
Like when Reggie Bush pushed his man into the endzone right in front of the Ref during the decisive play in the Trojans vs. ND game this year? Ooooops, I killed your conspiracy theory...
Usually only at home games. It's also like playing in Yankee Stadium of the Montreal Forum.
Look at the photo of the writer of this foolish article. That should say it all ....... he's a funny-looking, pencil-necked, dinky dweeb ............. who knows nothing about COMPETING in sports.
Yeah...they won a game that bordered on comedy...lots to be proud of.
The whole ball or just part of the ball? You see where I'm going here, right?
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