Hi, all of you Seahawk fans and apologists. Please stop your whining. Seattle played poorly, Pittsburgh played poorly, and the refs made some bad calls. This isn’t the first time in the history of pro football – or even the first time this season – that these kinds of things have happened.
The Steelers made the big plays and Seattle had some big breakdowns.
Without going into a whole dissertation-sized refutation of what’s been posted here and been shouted out over radio and television talk-show airwaves, here’s some things to remember.
1) The refs didn’t miss any field goals.
2) The refs didn’t throw any horrendous interceptions.
3) The refs weren’t responsible for Seattle’s gross mismanagement of time at the end of the first half.
4) The refs didn’t stop Seattle from running the quick game offense that had Pittsburgh on their heels early in the game. Nor were they responsible for some questionable play calling.
5) The refs didn’t drop any passes.
6) The refs didn’t take bad tackling angles, pursuit angles, or display bad technique on Willie Parker’s game-breaking 75-yard touchdown run off of a basic trap play.
7) The refs didn’t allow the Steelers to convert on a third and 28, down to the 3-yard line.
8) The refs weren’t fooled by a reverse pass for a long touchdown.
Rather than focus on the officiating – which is a loser’s lament – focus on all the bad things that the Seahawks did.
1) Matt Hasselbeck was terrible and frequently was out of control. At key moments he made huge mistakes.
2) Jerramy “Butter Mitts” Stevens dropped three passes and two of them could have changed the game. Be pissed at him for shooting off his mouth pre-game and then not backing it up. The only thing he should drop that he didn’t drop in the Super Bowl is the spelling of his first name.
3) Mike Holmgren’s team didn’t look to be prepared when the pressure of the game was most intense. Question his play calling and his game preparation. He’s not only a sour puss looking guy, with his “boo-hoo we had to fight the refs” crying he’s a big baby, as well. Show a little class.
4) The defense blew it. Three huge defensive breakdowns cost the Seahawks the game. The third and long, the 75-yard touchdown run and the reverse pass touchdown. This would be bad in a high school game. In the Super Bowl it’s killer.
And in addition, despite what all of the “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” say the goal line official had the best look at Roethlisberger’s touchdown and the replay didn’t show anything to make the call look bad.
Perhaps blaming the refs makes Seahawk fans feel better about themselves and their team. But the conspiracy theories and other blatherings are beyond ridiculous at this point.
The Seahawks lost. They played badly. It happens.
Get over it.