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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.

9) The refs had nothing to do with Seattle’s lack of points during their early game domination.

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.

About Sal Marinello

  • http://www.bhwblog.com bhw

    Heh, heh, heh. Love “the refs didn’t” list.

  • http://www.eclecticlibrarian.net/ Anna

    Sore winner, hm?

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    Yeah, shit, it was a game that could have gone either way. The team with the least mistakes won. The bad press thing is just for the media to use for something to write about.

    If both teams keep it together we’ll be seeing both of them in Miami next year. Both better teams.

    Who knows what the deal is with the ref’s. No doubt, bad calls were made but the Hawks sure won enough games this year with the same weird call factor. A conspiracy!!!??? Yeah, that’s it.

    Anyway, the Stones lived up to the hype…

  • tenoris

    Get your story correct. Seahawks fans aren’t the ones doing all the big complaining nor writing the stories. Its coming out of the east coast. NFL nation is making the complaint and shouting foul. Blaming the Sehawks is a cop out because you can make it seem like the whiners are bias. If you do a blog and want some integrity, put the real deal on the table and make your case against the NFL nation, and not the Seahawks fan.

  • Jeff

    You obviously don’t know what constitutes a penalty. When Skip Bayless, the Seahawks biggest critic, admits that the Seahawks penalties were a “fraud” and that Seattle should have won the game, then you know it was bad. Even Big Ben admitted his TD was not a TD. What more do you want. Sorry you can’t enjoy your victory in the Super Bull, but it’s not the Seahawks fault, blame the refs…whose leader is from Pittsburgh.

  • RogerMDillon

    Name one other SuperBowl where this many bad calls affected the outcome of the game. Paying no attention to the horrendous officiating is the fool’s lament.

    “Matt Hasselbeck was terrible and frequently was out of control. At key moments he made huge mistakes.”

    Yeah, like blocking and tackling a guy at the same time.

    “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.”

    you mean the official who was going to mark the ball within inches until he saw the ball break the the plane after Ben was already on the ground?

    I wonder what Ben, who had a closer look, thinks about the situation. From the Letterman show website from last night’s appearance:

    “Ben says he didn’t think he got in but wasn’t going to argue with the referee when he called it a touchdown.”

    I guess Ben should shut up as well.

  • Ryan

    None of you retards are going to ruin this for me. WE ARE THE SUPERBOWL CHAMPS AND WE KNOCKED OF THE AFC #1,2,3 AND THE NFC #1. No team has ever accomplised this and the best NFL franchise in history stepped up. GOOOOOOO STEELERS!!!

  • Justin Berry

    I am by no means a seahawks fan but without the “penalties” the outcome would have been drastically different.

    True the seahawks played in typically poor seahawks fashion but Pitssburg played worse. In my opinion Seattle won the game in spite of crappy play, they were screwed by the calls.

  • sal m

    to justin who wrote:
    “I am by no means a seahawks fan but without the “penalties” the outcome would have been drastically different.”

    i say:
    without the turnovers and defensive breakdowns, the penalties wouldn’t have mattered.

    and to the rest of you:
    i love how all you guys harp on the refs and yet NOT ONCE has anyone owned up to the fact that the seahawks made mistakes that had nothing to do with officiating. see the list in the original post.

    seattle’s defensive breakdowns are inexcusible and yet i don’t see one of you cry-baby seahawk fans/syncophants talking about them.

    the funny thing is that most of the same people who are saying the refs screwed the seahawks said the refs tried to screw the steelers in the colt game.

    back then the prevailing conspiracy theory wisdom was that the league wanted peyton and his boys in the Super Bowl and were working against pittsburgh.

    the reason the steelers beat the colts was that the steelers made fewer mistakes. the bad officiating didn’t hurt the steelers because they did less to hurt themselves. this is axiomatic in all of sports…don’t leave the game in the officials hands.

    but don’t address the realities of sports as they pertain in the super bowl, continue to rant and rave like irrational beasts roaming in a fantasy world. keep trying to convince yourselves that the officials took something away from the seahawks.

  • sal m

    to tenoris who wrote:
    “Get your story correct. Seahawks fans aren’t the ones doing all the big complaining nor writing the stories. Its coming out of the east coast. NFL nation is making the complaint and shouting foul. ”

    i ask:
    is coach holmgren part of the east coast nfl nation? is he not a seahawks fan? those who call into sports talk shows identifying themselves as seahawk fans and stating their position that their team was screwed are somehow not seahawk fans?

    just what are you talking about??? i’ve listened to seahawk fans complain all day…i saw the sign that read “refs 21 seahawks 10.” before you bring the credibility of this blog into the discusion i suggest that YOU get your facts straight. although your anonymity gives you great cover to post nonsense try to have a little credibility.

  • Vic in Seattle

    The Hawks were playing great ball until they realized the other team had 5 extra players! It’s all political, after Holmgren’s comments about the zebras a few weeks prior, they had it out for him. And I heard that one of the refs used to ref for a high school that one of the Steelers went to. Well, there you have it! Now I get it. So refs . . . are you going to come after me too. Maybe tell my boss to fire me! hahahahaha

  • http://onlinesportsbettor.blogspot.com/ Sports Bettor

    I am a Jets fan.

    Seattle was not good overcome the refs. This was something that Pittsburgh did (and should not have had to do) in Indy.

    These are the results from an ESPN poll that had about 160,000 votes. 125,000 ESPN users watched this game and saw absurd calls repeatedly go against Seattle.

    3) Did the officiating in Sunday’s game unfairly favor one team?
    78.1% Unfairly favored the Steelers
    16.6% The right calls were made
    5.2% Unfairly favored the Seahawks

    Do I think that there was bias penalties called in this game? Obviously.
    Will I ever look at the NFL in the same way? Definitely not.

    Yes, I’m still a fan, but I watch wrestling too.

  • http://onlinesportsbettor.blogspot.com/ Sports Bettor

    Seattle had more yards, better time of posession, and turned the ball over less (turnovers = huge mistakes).

    Meanwhile, one of the least penalized teams in the regular season lost 161 yards on penalties (70+91 in call backs). I say Seattle got screwed.

  • sal m

    sports bettor/jets fan:
    you have my condolences…but things are looking up, the jets were able to get rid of their coach and gm so they can’t be any worse than they were last year…

    to continue….last time i looked, gaining more yards, having the greater time of possession and committing fewer turnovers doesn’t result in scoring points. and once again, huge, enormous, incredible, inexcusable and horrendous defensive breakdowns will kill you…make three of these kinds of mistakes in a big game and you have no chance.

    yes, seattle did get screwed…by their team.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Seahawk fans are taking it rather *cough* well.

  • Ryan

    Everyone also forgets the Jerramy Stevens fumble that was not called. And Hasslebacks fumble that was called a non fumble, because Larry Foote “grazed” the QB. What about the mysterious pass interference on Heath Miller. BOTTOM LINE – IF YOU CANT STOP A 3RD AND 28 THEN SHUT UP!

  • http://www.fifthdentist.blogspot.com The Fifth Dentist

    I’m not a Seahawks fan. In fact, I don’t particularly like them or that pussy Holmgren. As an impartial observer let me say that Seattle got hosed. I have never a seen a Superbowl officiated so one-sidedly. There were three critical calls without which Pittsburgh wouldn’t have won: (1) offensive PI against Darrell Jackson (2) holding on Sean Locklear negating completion to 3 yard line (3) Roethlisberger phantom touchdown. In addtion, the chop block call against Hasselbeck when he was tackling the guy on the interception return is the single most ridiculous piece of officiating in the history of professional football. Pittsburgh is the luckiest and least diserving superbowl champion since the colts in Superbowl V. Admittedly, if Jeramy Stevens could catch, Seattle would have won anyway. That just shows how one-sided the game was in Seattle’s favor.

  • rsv

    I would have rather seen the Steelers beat the Seahawks convincingly. The Refs definitely controlled the momentum of the game. Unfortunately, I cannot respect the Steeler’s victory. The NFL didn’t want Seattle to win and they made sure of it. But on a lighter note, I do agree that Heinz Ward was the MVP of the Steelers, well-deserved.

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    wow, this is almost as enlightening as yer average politics thread.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    Interesting the response this thread is getting. I mean, I am a hardcore Seattleite. And the officiating had some errors. I’m bummed at Josh Brown missing 2 field goals he should of nailed. That is a momentum changer right there.

    Overall, it was a good game that always stayed within 2 scoring opportunities. Each team put up a few big plays (Pittsburgh made 2 more than the Hawks).

    Sure, in town the non-sports experienced are boo-hoo-ing, sort of. The suicide rate in this town is higher than average, so maybe it is just an excuse. Otherwise, the general local public are just taking it in stride. It was a well matched game. Was not a blow out.

    But it is validating that people everywhere are questioning the officiating. Is there a can of worms to be opened? I dunno, both teams meet in Miami next year. That will be a good game.

  • J

    I wasn’t a Seahawks fan until Sunday. How can anyone say that they “lost” that game. That’s like handicapping them 14 points and telling them to stop complaining about it.

    Seattle made lots of mistakes — but not as many as the Stealers, and not nearly as many as the refs claimed they made.

    The calls were huge. The calls were multiple. The calls directly affected points. The calls all went against Seattle. How can that be explained?

    Giants fan.

  • Gabrielle

    Ya we seahawks fans have said things to back up are team but thats was most people would do…if the steelers lost the steelers fans would be saying the same shit we are saying to back up there team…And also we are talking about the game that happent in 2006 not any other game! if you dont want to here all or are so called whining then dont read about it!!!

  • JUNK DOG YARD

    No team is good enough to over come wrong calls.
    The timing of the bad calls made me wonder what is going on.
    The push in the endzone…c’mon…the next the receiver knocked the defender down in the endzone and no flag.

  • Ryan

    Junk Yard Dog,

    The steelers overcame bad calls in Indy, played really well, and still almost lost.

  • sal m

    i’d like to thank all of you who have continued to prove my point, especially J.

    defense defense defense…the seahawks “d” blew it…

    and good call ryan…jerramy stevens clearly fumbled as he caught the ball had position and made a football move and yet there was barely a replay of it. hasselbeck’s fumble was a rules interpretation that could have gone either way. the refs probably gave it to them so the seahawks could stay in the game….commish tags probably called down and told the official to let seattle keep it… ;)

    with regards to big ben’s td, those of you complaining don’t understand the replay rule…the replay didn’t show anything to indicate that he didn’t get in the end zone.

  • Tarzan

    Sal – you hit the nail on the head. Holmgren is displaying a complete lack of class. He’s a poor sport, a whiner and a bona fide cry baby. What an example to set for disappointed fans! He’s essentially saying that if you play cry baby loud enough it covers a multitude of the Seahawks own sins that caused them to lose the big game. Holmgren’s inability to manage the clock was something you’d expect from a first-year coach. He can cry all day about the refs serving up the win to Pittsburgh, but he and his own players cooked the goose and provided the silver platter – with all the fixings. No ref caused the Seahawks to miss opportunity after opportunity, or made Stevens repeatedly drop the ball in the end zone, miss tackles, fail to anticipate a gadget play, or play poor defense. Grow up and take it like a man, Holmgren! You lost and no belly-aching or casting stones at the refs is going to change things.

  • zingzing

    i don’t know who should have won the game, but those were some fucked up calls. if the officiating had been better, the game would have been better. if the steelers had won a fair game, they could feel better about this win, which is crap as far as championships go.

    sal: “with regards to big ben’s td, those of you complaining don’t understand the replay rule…the replay didn’t show anything to indicate that he didn’t get in the end zone.”

    if it hadn’t been called a touchdown to begin with, then it wouldn’t matter. the ref made a judgement call. it’s obvious he hesitated. i didn’t see anything on the replay that made it apparant that he did get the ball in.

    i don’t think there was a conspiracy against the seahawks, but i do believe that the calls that were made favored the steelers. it probably wasn’t purposeful. but there you go. it’s over now anyway. fuck it. hope you like your tainted victory. win it again next year.

  • sal m

    first of all i am not a steeler fan…never have been, never will be…i grew up hating them in the 70′s and can’t change…

    i’ve never been able to understand the school of thought that ascribes to the view that if a person expresses feelings in the manner that i have here, that this somehow indicates that i am a fan of the steelers or a hater of the seahawks.

    when you wrote, “if it hadn’t been called a touchdown to begin with, then it wouldn’t matter. the ref made a judgement call. it’s obvious he hesitated. i didn’t see anything on the replay that made it apparant that he did get the ball in.” you display a remarkable lack of understanding of the issue.

    for if the official didn’t call it a touchdown and it went to replay a whole different hornet’s nest would have been opened. furthermore, the replay showed nothing to support anything. the official had the best view and called it the way he saw it. his “hesitation” – if you are talking about the delay in is putting up his second arm -was due to nothing more than him getting his whistle into his mouth with his left hand before he could raise it.

  • RogerMDillon

    NFL apologists: Shut up!

    No one is asking for Seattle to be awarded the trophy, and no one is saying Pitt isn’t a very good team, but most fans who know anything about football know that this game will forever have a taint. If you want to bend over and take it like a man, be my guest. The rest of us refuse to accept this shoddy product. If the SuperBowl came with a receipt, I’d return it.

    All Holmgren is saying is that the refs were too involved in the game, which is what most of people who saw the game know. If you think it was a well-called game, your entitled to your delusion. Others see it as the worst officiating in a game of this magnitude due to either complete ineptitude or someone was on the take.

    Yes, Stevens did fumble. Yet another example of the refs being the ones who blantantly had the biggest effect on the outcome of the game. Thanks for proving our point.

    NFL Rule Book Rule 7, Section 4, Article 1: when a runner is contacted by a defensive player and he touches the ground with any part of his body except his hands or feet, ball shall be declared dead immediately.

    The defender clearly made contact. Hassel hit the ground. There are no modifiers around the word “contacted.” What else is there to interpret?

    With regards to Big Ben’s TD, those of you who think it was a TD, don’t know the Touchdown rule. Even Ben knows he didn’t get in.

    “No ref caused the Seahawks to miss opportunity after opportunity,”

    except for a touchdown, and getting to the 1-yd line, and…

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/X-15 Douglas Mays

    Well, here is the deal. Both teams had to overcome some lousy calls during the regular season. It is just part of the game. American Football is a very complex game. That is the beauty of it. It might get to the point of lawyers running onto the field after controversial calls.

    The Seahawks could have overcome the questionable calls if Stephens didn’t drop 3 passes and Brown didn’t wiff 2 field goals.

    As they say: “On any Sunday…”.

  • zingzing

    sal, i understand the issue. it was called a touchdown and there wasn’t irrefutable proof that it wasn’t in the replay. “remarkable lack of understanding of the issue…” shut it. i’m saying i don’t think it was a touchdown, and if the ref had called it right, then the replay would have had to prove it was, which it doesn’t.

    the fact that the ref hesitated (did you see the confusion on his face? did you see him craning his neck?) until after rothelsburgerhut or whatever pushed the ball over the line well after being down throws the whole idea of his view being best way off.

    still, that doesn’t win seattle the game. i’m still pretty pissed at the officiating, which was deplorable.

  • G1Jimmy

    I’m a Seahawk fan, yes the game had bad officiating, but the Hawks made too many mistakes to win, Pitt made the big plays when it really counted give them credit. Lets hope for a rematch in Super Bowl XLI

  • Ed

    Superbowl XL Champions
    The Refs

  • Jeff

    The Seahawks made lots of mistakes and there is no excuse for that. They lost, period.
    But the refs were horrible, and I agree with justin, it is sports fans accross the country, (including Seahawks fans naturally). Even Steelers fans are mad because the refs have tainted an amazing season for us. I never want to see any game reffed that poorly ever again. I want to see NFL officiating fixed, as do most in the country.

  • http://NFLwantedtheSteelers2Win.com Ms. Hoosier

    I’m a Colts fan. In case you hadn’t heard, both the Steelers and Seahawks beat the Colts recently. I’m not fan of either team, but I watched the SB game expecting to enjoy watching the Steelers. They have been playing very well, and I was hoping they won it all.

    Remember when the Steelers played the Colts and WON ? The bad interception call was all we heard from them for the next month. It WAS a bad call. BUT — it didn’t change the outcome of the game.

    On the other hand, there is a good chance that the terrible holding call followed by the ridiculous penalty on Matt Hasselback cost the Seahawks the game.

    But now all we hear from Pittsburgh is “Don’t talk about the officiating!” And then, in the next breathe, “Oooo-ooh, that terrible interception call in Indianapolis….Wah Wah”.

  • Ryan

    Everyone is overlooking 3 things.

    1. The Seahawks gave up a 3rd and 28.
    2. The Seahawks gave up a 75 yard record setting touchdown run.
    3. The Seahawks gave up a 43 yard touchdown pass on a trick play that looked exactly like the one earlier in the season.

    If you give up 3 huge plays in one game, you probably won’t win.

  • sal m

    ryan wins the award for getting it…

    not one poster here has talked about the seahawk defensive breakdowns…

    ms hoosier wrote:
    “But now all we hear from Pittsburgh is “Don’t talk about the officiating!” And then, in the next breathe, “Oooo-ooh, that terrible interception call in Indianapolis….Wah Wah”.

    your time line and logic are out of whack…plus the steelers can say that the officials jobbed them but they overcame it…the seahawks couldn’t even overcome themselves.

    and by the way, the league has publicly stated that the ref blew the call in the pittsburgh/colt game…the league has made no such admission in for super bowl.

  • MCH

    …and to repeat Matt Hassleback:
    “They played well enough to win, and we didn’t.”

  • RogerMDillon

    “and by the way, the league has publicly stated that the ref blew the call in the pittsburgh/colt game…the league has made no such admission in for super bowl.”

    So what? It’s easy to say the refs blew the call after Pitt won the game. Do you think they would have if Indy had won? Did they say the refs blew the tuck rule against the Raiders? Of course, the league won’t admit to problems in the SuperBowl. They have a vested interest. Do you know how much money that could cost if they admit to producing a shabby product?

    The NFL said, “The game was properly officiated,” so that means the NFL says that Hassleback was correctly penalized for the tackle he made.

    Every supporter of the refs and the game I have seen or heard, even on this site, concedes that play was incorrectly called, yet the NFL says it was the right call. What a joke.

  • sal m

    RMD wrote:
    “Every supporter of the refs and the game I have seen or heard, even on this site, concedes that play was incorrectly called, yet the NFL says it was the right call. What a joke.”

    who threw the interception? which defense fell for a trick play that led to the game breaking touchdown? which team’s tight end dropped two “right to him passes” that would have changed the tide of the game? the penalty yardage on this phantom low block had no bearing on anything, where as hasselbeck’s horrible interception was the worst of many big mistakes made by seattle.

    why don’t you talk about how hasselbeck choked?

    and in the colt/steeler game the steelers didn’t get hurt by the refs calls because they didn’t hurt themselves.

  • http://cantredefinetruth.blogspot.com EMC (SW) USN,Retired

    First off…. In the name of honesty, I am a Steelers fan. If the Steelers had lost the superbowl, I would not be as quick to complain, for fear of being called a whiner.

    I have been watching football for over 30 years. Without exaggeration, I think this year was the year that akes the prize for the worst officiating ever. Not just the Superbowl, but all year long. There are clearly a lot of issues that need to be dealt with. I think full-time refs may be the answer.

    The fact is that none of us have a crystal ball. None of us know for sure how the game would have turned out even if the officiating was perfect. Oh sure, we can do the math and add and subtract the “what if” points, but that is assuming that every other play of the game would have been the same, except for the ones where there were bad calls by the officials. Big assumption. Who knows what the next plays would have been if those calls went the other way? NONE OF US!

    However, let’s focus the attention on where it should be — on the officials. The fact that they screwed up doesn’t mean that Steelers fans should be vilified. Should I stop being a fan because the refs are bad? What would you like a team to do on the field? Should they say… Thanks ref, but the call was a bad one so we are going to spot the other team some points?

    Both teams played a hard game. Mistakes and bad plays were made on both sides. The Steelers pretty much let the Seahawks walk all over them inthe first half. The Seahawks had some bad play calls and poor time management.

    One of the golden rules in all of sports, whatever level, is “Don’t turn the game over to the officials”. Teams can’t do anything about that. All they can do is play their hearts out which is what both teams did in the superbowl. The fans and the players aren’t at fault, the officials are. As a Steelers fan, I am ticked off that this victory isn’t what it could be. The refs in this game have cheapened the thrill of victory. I can sympathize with the Seahawks and their fans. If it was the other way around, I would be screaming even louder than they.

    But the truth is, we have the outcome of the game as it was played and as it was officiated. None of us, as talented as we claim we are, can say what would have happened if the refs hadn’t blown it. So let’s give credit where it’s due — to the players on BOTH sides of the ball — and point our anger and frustration where it belongs — at the worst officials in NFL history.

  • Justin Berry

    Great comment Sal. I concur.

  • zingzing

    sal, quoting roger, then sal talking again: “RMD wrote: “Every supporter of the refs and the game I have seen or heard, even on this site, concedes that play was incorrectly called, yet the NFL says it was the right call. What a joke.”

    who threw the interception? which defense fell for a trick play that led to the game breaking touchdown? which team’s tight end dropped two “right to him passes” that would have changed the tide of the game?”

    that doesn’t mean that the call was correct, which it was not. also doesn’t mean that the other calls were correct… roger was talking about the officiating. you talk about seattle’s mistakes. (pittsburg made mistakes as well.) the officiating was fucked. of course the nfl won’t admit it. it’s like bush admitting he never thought there were wmd’s in iraq. it just won’t happen. it’s just frustrating to see. the game was close enough that if the seahawks had been given their proper chances, it’s possible that the game would have been, #1) a better game, and #2) tied. it’s not really worth bitching about anymore, but i wish things had happened differently (of course i do).

  • http://www.educateddoubt.com lori

    Sal, it looks like Gene W. at ESPN read your article before he wrote his own, which looks like it was published yesterday, a day after yours. Check it out — the title and this graph at the end:

    “The striped shirts didn’t cause tight end Jerramy Stevens to drop four passes. The striped shirts didn’t cause the Seahawks defense to give up a Steelers first down on a third-and-28 situation (which later led to the Roethlisberger disputed TD). The striped shirts didn’t cause the Seahawks defense to give up the longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history. They also didn’t cause Etric Pruitt to sprint up from his safety position, only to be fooled by the trick play that resulted in Randle El’s 43-yard TD pass to Ward (and by the way, if everyone knows the Steelers like to run gadget plays near midfield, don’t you think the Seahawks knew it too?). Or cause Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to throw a killer interception with nearly 11 minutes left in the game and Seattle trailing by only four points.”

  • sal m

    lori:
    thanks for the heads up…i’m going to check it out right now!

  • FOOTBALL FAN

    GIMME A BREAK. ANYONE WHO WATCHED THAT FOOTBALL GAME AND DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE OFFICIATING AND THE RESULTING SCORE IS NOT A TRUE FOOTBALL FAN. FAVORITE TEAMS ASIDE, YOU HAVE TO AGREE THAT IT WAS A SHITTY GAME BECAUSE THE CALLS WERE SO BAD THAT NOBODY KNOWS HOW THE GAME COULD HAVE ACTUALLY GONE. I AM A FAN OF FOOTBALL. THAT GAME WAS A TOTAL DISCRACE TO THE LEAGUE, AND THE OFFICIALS SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE.

  • Rob Adcox

    The Steelers earned the victory. Too many Seahawks fans (and others who hate the Steelers) have only convinced me of one thing: a large portion of them are mere crybabies. The fact that the Steelers gave the Seahawks a facial is, apparently, too much for your psyches to endure.