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Super for NFL perhaps, but not so for fans
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Posted on 02/07/2006 6:24:19 AM PST by bikepacker67

So the Super Bowl wasn't so super. The team that played the best didn't win, although use of the word "best" must be considered relative when you consider how poorly both teams played.

On the other hand, the NFL got the ending it wanted, which was another Super Bowl championship for the Rooney family and a fairy tale send-off for Detroit native Jerome Bettis.

It is amazing how often the NFL gets what it wants out of these Super Bowls, isn't it? And given the very questionable calls by NFL officials that all seemed to go in favor of the Steelers, it almost makes you wonder if the Steelers' Joey Porter didn't touch a nerve when, after Pittsburgh knocked out the heavily favored Colts in round two, he complained the officials were trying to take the game away from Pittsburgh.

To suggest the game was fixed would be improper. But a friend of mine who played in the league for years believes he can tell you who is going to win the Super Bowl by who gets the break on the first questionable call of the game, including Sunday, when Seattle's first touchdown was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Darrell Jackson. It's amazing how often that's true.

"That's how it is when you're going against the world," Jackson said afterward. "It just seems all our big plays like that somehow, some way, got overturned or called back."

Last year, NFL-licensed products reportedly exceeded $3.4 billion, the profit from which all teams share. It won't hurt those numbers that Pittsburgh came out victorious. The Steelers are the third-most followed NFL team in terms of merchandise sales, while Seattle ranks 21st.

Pittsburgh's Bettis and Ben Roethlisberger rank in the top 10 in individual merchandise sales, while the Seahawks' Shaun Alexander managed to hit No. 10 in jersey sales only because the sale of Seattle merchandise jumped 62 percent during the Seahawks' playoff run.

Everyone in the NFL - Seattle included - will benefit financially from a Pittsburgh victory.

Still, as the Steelers demonstrated in overcoming questionable calls that didn't go their way in Pittsburgh's victory over Indianapolis and NFL-marketing favorite Peyton Manning, the game comes down to players making plays.

The judgment of the officiating crew does not affect the ability to catch passes or kick field goals or manage the clock at the end of the first half. Seattle had its chances and blew it.

On the other hand, with all the money the NFL makes, why does the league still rely on part-time but incredibly well-paid officials? The NFL is a huge business, with the livelihoods of players and coaches resting on the outcome of these weekend games.

Don't they deserve to have the rules of the game interpreted by full-time, paid professionals instead of butchers and bakers, lawyers and candlestick makers who work NFL games on the weekends?

Don't fans deserve to know the game is being managed by professionals, not left in the hands of some neighborhood insurance agent?

The NFL got what it wanted from the Super Bowl.

Can the same be said for the rest of us?


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KEYWORDS: 21to10; asterisk; asterisksteelers; fixed; hollowvictory; whiningday3
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2006, the year of the asterisk.
1 posted on 02/07/2006 6:24:20 AM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67

Super Bowl V was a masterpiece compared to this one.


2 posted on 02/07/2006 6:24:51 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: bikepacker67

Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 15..........


Thank God.


3 posted on 02/07/2006 6:25:52 AM PST by Dazedcat
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To: bikepacker67
To suggest the game was fixed would be improper.

Then why suggest it?

4 posted on 02/07/2006 6:26:35 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Dazedcat
Pitchers and catchers report

The greatest four words of any winter.

5 posted on 02/07/2006 6:27:01 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Amnesia is a train of thought.)
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To: bikepacker67

I agree. I'll never watch an NFL game the same way again.


6 posted on 02/07/2006 6:28:17 AM PST by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: bikepacker67

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Wanna use an asterisk? Go right ahead. it's not like your opinion means anything.


7 posted on 02/07/2006 6:28:50 AM PST by TheBigB (The Steelers won. Deal with it. :o))
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To: bikepacker67

Other than a questionable penalty call for a low block, the game was fairly and accurately called, and I'm not a real fan of either team. The only conspiracy is in your own mind.


8 posted on 02/07/2006 6:29:52 AM PST by Mariposaman
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To: bikepacker67

No matter what the NFL does they just can't seem to get Peyton Manning into the Super Bowl. They tried to take out Pittsburgh, and when Manning decided to pitch another huge choke, Bettis was the "next best story".


9 posted on 02/07/2006 6:30:13 AM PST by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: TheBigB
Laugh all you want.
Fact is, non-Steeler fans will never give you respect for that "win".

Your team SUCKED, and was damn lucky to have the zebras lookin out for you.

10 posted on 02/07/2006 6:30:38 AM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67

Whatever. The Seahawks couldn't stop Pittsburg from converting a 3 and 28. Then they let themselves get burned on the most obvious gadget play in the world. Then they totally mismanaged the clock and cost themselves points at the end of both halves. Was that part of the NFL's conspiracy?


11 posted on 02/07/2006 6:31:32 AM PST by Callahan
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To: Dazedcat

In San Francisco, pitchers and catchers report every day. :)


12 posted on 02/07/2006 6:31:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

I wouldn't put this one in the top forty.


13 posted on 02/07/2006 6:31:50 AM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: Personal Responsibility
The greatest four words of any winter.

Gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!!

Daytona 500 Feb 19!!! WOOHOO

14 posted on 02/07/2006 6:31:54 AM PST by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: bikepacker67

A poorly officiated game, yes, but not the only reason the Seahawks lost. Dropped passes, poor time management, missed field goals, & yes, penalties (not all of them were some evil NFL conspiracy) were other reasons Seattle lost.


15 posted on 02/07/2006 6:32:37 AM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned.)
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To: Mariposaman
The only conspiracy is in your own mind.

Sure thing shortcake.

16 posted on 02/07/2006 6:32:39 AM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67
Well, at least everyone got to see a bunch of geriatric rockers perform at half-time with a rent-a-groupie audience.

Watching the "show" while making sure the mute button stayed depressed, I was reminded of the joke about two hookers, one of which had serviced Mick Jagger.

"What did Mick taste like?"

"Depends."

17 posted on 02/07/2006 6:32:44 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: bikepacker67
Super Bowl 2006 - The Year of the Commercial.

I have never seen so many commericals crammed into three hours.

18 posted on 02/07/2006 6:32:57 AM PST by DeaconNoGood
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To: bikepacker67

I suggest a few less beers before watching the next game as it certainly affected your eyesight.


19 posted on 02/07/2006 6:33:04 AM PST by Mariposaman
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To: bikepacker67
This typist is a complete idiot.

The suggestion that the NFL would enlist an entire squad of referees, risk totally destroying their multi-billion dollar sporting monopoly, and hand the game to their chosen team, in order to sell a few thousand more shirts, is beyond ludicrous.

It ranks up there with a faked moon landing in terms of plausibility.

20 posted on 02/07/2006 6:33:39 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: bikepacker67

What size is your tin hat?


21 posted on 02/07/2006 6:34:28 AM PST by Mariposaman
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To: bikepacker67; xsmommy; Petronski; martin_fierro
non-Steeler fans will never give you respect for that "win".

Oh, Heavens to Betsy. I am soooo bummed now. Non-Steeler fans will never give us "respect". Woe, woe, woe is us. Whatever will we do now? Life isn't worth living without the "respect" of non-Steeler fans.

Oh, wait, your opinions don't matter. Carry on, then.

22 posted on 02/07/2006 6:34:34 AM PST by TheBigB (The Steelers won. Deal with it. :o))
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To: bikepacker67

Ok, I'm a Packer fan so I don't have a dog in this fight. However, the Steelers won the game - period.

I also give them the respect for winning the championship. Remember, they beat the AFC 3, 1, and 2 seeds to GET to the Super Bowl. To be perfectly honest, Seattle would have been no better than a 4 seed in the AFC.

The Steelers won, Seattle lost. Get over it.


23 posted on 02/07/2006 6:34:44 AM PST by andyland ("if John Kerry didn't exist, Karl Rove would have to invent him.")
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To: bikepacker67

"..."That's how it is when you're going against the world," Jackson said afterward...."

Hey, Darrel, try playing for Dallas. If you want to know the meaning of "us against the world" have Jerry Jones sign you up. Then you'd know.


24 posted on 02/07/2006 6:35:07 AM PST by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED.)
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To: Dazedcat

12 days, 3 hours and 53 minutes...


25 posted on 02/07/2006 6:36:08 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Mariposaman
Why wasn't this defensive interference?





26 posted on 02/07/2006 6:36:09 AM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67
Fact is, non-Steeler fans will never give you respect for that "win".

I'm a Giants fan, and I give the Steelers credit for winning.

I think Seattle fans have embarrassed themselves by becoming the biggest bunch of sore losers since Al Gore rescinded his concession to George Bush.

27 posted on 02/07/2006 6:36:10 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: bikepacker67

"On the other hand, with all the money the NFL makes, why does the league still rely on part-time but incredibly well-paid officials? The NFL is a huge business, with the livelihoods of players and coaches resting on the outcome of these weekend games.

"Don't they deserve to have the rules of the game interpreted by full-time, paid professionals instead of butchers and bakers, lawyers and candlestick makers who work NFL games on the weekends?

"Don't fans deserve to know the game is being managed by professionals, not left in the hands of some neighborhood insurance agent?"




Oh please! Yeah, that's right, make refs honchos of the NFL totally dependent on them for their livelihoods. That'll get rid of bad calls - and rigged calls. NOT.

Sounds like a liberal - "let's make every job a government job".


28 posted on 02/07/2006 6:36:37 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: bikepacker67
2006, the year of the asterisk.

2006, the year of the sore loser.

29 posted on 02/07/2006 6:37:28 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: bikepacker67

Your obsession with this topic borders on the frightening.


30 posted on 02/07/2006 6:38:40 AM PST by Mariposaman
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To: Dazedcat
Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 15..........

$20 to FR says Bob Lobel (a sportscaster in Boston) refers to "Pennant Fever" and the Red Sox before the end of his first report.

31 posted on 02/07/2006 6:38:44 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: dead

"I think Seattle fans have embarrassed themselves by becoming the biggest bunch of sore losers since Al Gore rescinded his concession to George Bush."

I completely agree!!!

You know, I watched the game not really caring who won. However, after watching the way the CryHawks fans have acted I don't care if they ever win another game.


32 posted on 02/07/2006 6:39:12 AM PST by andyland ("if John Kerry didn't exist, Karl Rove would have to invent him.")
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To: bikepacker67

i coach football. anyone who has ever been around the game knows that it is high speed and these calls are being made in a fraction of a second. no referees are out there deliberately making bad calls. it easy to second guess them when the tape is slowed down and shown from 20 different angles.

seattle didn't play well enough to win. they sound like losers for making excuses. we tell our high school kids - yes sir, no sir, no excuses. i'm sure that the seahawks have heard this somewhere along the way.

i do agree that the nfl needs to stop treating this like it's still the 1950's when all the players had other part time jobs. it's big business. hire full time refs like every other professional sport. make sure that they are young and can run.


33 posted on 02/07/2006 6:39:42 AM PST by Snowbelt Man (ideas have consequences)
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To: bikepacker67
2006, the year of the asterisk.

And now in the on-deck circle, Barry Bonds.

34 posted on 02/07/2006 6:40:46 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: bikepacker67

35 posted on 02/07/2006 6:40:59 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: bikepacker67

I stopped rooting for any one team in particular after Bum was sent packing (and back then I hated the Steelers). I thought both teams and the half-time show sucked this year. The Steelers sucked less.


36 posted on 02/07/2006 6:41:47 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: kb2614

There are only two officials that, IMHO, calls a fair game. Ed Hochuli and Johnny Grier. I didn't see Greir at all this past seasin but I did see Hochuli. I have no problem with them. Most of the head refs are high school pricipals, CEO's, or other white collar types. Hochuli is a blue collar longshoreman. I do miss Ben Drieth. He made an offsides call sound like a national emergency. He was fun to watch.


37 posted on 02/07/2006 6:41:59 AM PST by NCC-1701 (RADICAL ISLAM IS A CULT. IT MUST BE ELIMINATED.)
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To: dead

At least the team org seemed to be pretty classy about this. And actually, it's probably not so much Seattle fans, as Steeler-haters.


38 posted on 02/07/2006 6:42:13 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: bikepacker67

Amazing how games that are not the equivalent of a WWF smackdown "suck"....the refs didn't make Seattle's kicker miss two field goal attempts, nor did they make Seattle drop several sure touchdown/touchdown setup passes....they BLEW every chance Pittsburgh gave them to run away with the game....


39 posted on 02/07/2006 6:42:47 AM PST by NRA1995 (GOOOOOOO STEELERS!!!)
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To: bikepacker67
"2006, the year of the asterisk."

I won't go that far, but I'm glad to see more people coming to the party. It's been apparent for several years that officiating is horrible in the NFL. I think it's as much the fault of convoluted rules and definitions as it is the officials, althogh the officials certainly have their share of the fault. For the life of me, I have no clue what actually consititues pass interference or offensive holding. I can watch three different games on the same day and see both penalties called differently in each game. In some games it's not unusual to see a receiver and cornerback pushing and grabbing each other all the way down the field with no flags. Other games, the slightest intentional contact by either after five yards draws an instant flags. It many games as long as an O lineman doesn't grab a defenders jersey and throw him down, he can wrap his arms around the defender all he wants. In other games this type of "hugging" draws a a flag. There should be some consistency. You shouldn't have to coach your team differently each week, depending on who is going to be officiating.

40 posted on 02/07/2006 6:42:55 AM PST by joebuck
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To: bikepacker67
First the author says:
The team that played the best didn't win,...

But then further down says:

The judgment of the officiating crew does not affect the ability to catch passes or kick field goals or manage the clock at the end of the first half. Seattle had its chances and blew it.

Methinks the author is simply unhappy with the outcome of the game. The team with the highest score at the end of one hour of play is the one that wins, period.
41 posted on 02/07/2006 6:42:58 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: sinkspur; r9etb; Diddle E. Squat; 1L; Proud_USA_Republican; hole_n_one

Over here...


42 posted on 02/07/2006 6:43:00 AM PST by demlosers (Kerry: "Impeach Bush, filibuster Alito, withdraw from Iraq, send U235 to Iran, elect me President!")
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To: dead

Who's Al Gore?


43 posted on 02/07/2006 6:44:46 AM PST by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: beyond the sea; discostu; Supernatural; MarineBrat

Crybaby-palooza, day three.


44 posted on 02/07/2006 6:45:51 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Mariposaman

I'm not a fan of either team, but I can't see how you can say the game was "fairly and accurately called". Too many game-shaping penalties against Seattle where none was to be found, and a few non-calls (against both sides) that should have been flagged.

You cited the tackling-below-the-waist penalty, but neglected the non-holding penalty two plays before it that would have put the Seahawks on the 2 yard line.

I don't believe it was a conspiracy, but certainly it was an infuriating game - even with no "dog in the hunt".


45 posted on 02/07/2006 6:46:05 AM PST by MortMan (Trains stop at train stations. On my desk is a workstation...)
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To: saganite

He played for the Aints. As in Aint President.


46 posted on 02/07/2006 6:46:11 AM PST by new cruelty
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To: Petronski

Ya know Petronski, I had absolutely no dog in this fight. And as a matter of fact, if you look at posts of mine last week you'd see I was leaning towards Pitts for the Jerome aspect (I started to question that after listening to JP run his mouth, and the coronation that seemed to pre-ordained)

But frankly I didn't care one way or another... had no money on it, and had no heart in it.

But if WERE a Steeler fan, I'd be embarrassed knowing that my team was the worse of the two playing and that they got over thanks to some clearly prejudice calls.


47 posted on 02/07/2006 6:46:22 AM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67
***Why wasn't this defensive interference?***

Uh.. maybe because it was a running play?

48 posted on 02/07/2006 6:51:45 AM PST by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: dfwgator
Super Bowl V was a masterpiece compared to this one.

My exact thoughts midway through the first half.

V also didn't have the stupid Star "Mangled" Banner fiasco or the halftime "entertainment" joke this one had.

49 posted on 02/07/2006 6:51:58 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: bikepacker67
But frankly I didn't care one way or another...

That statement simply has no credibility.

The Seahawks had plenty of chances to win this game, just by catching passes and making field goals and managing their clock and not going for a four-yard infield pass when they're down eleven points late in the game.

Blaming the refs is the biggest copout in organized sports. It is the very definition of weakness. Seattle lost the game, Pittsburgh scored more points.

50 posted on 02/07/2006 6:52:33 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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