The Electric Commentary

Monday, February 06, 2006

One More Time...

Worst. Super Bowl. Officiating. Ever.

Just brutal. (All links courtesy of The Outsiders.)

I feel cheated. Just an awful game all around. I'm not old enough to have seen every Super Bowl, but this has to rank as one of the worst (if not the worst) Super Bowls of all time. Everyone else has beaten it to death by now, and there's no sense in adding another whine to the pantheon. You saw it, I saw it. We were robbed of a possibly great game (Seattle kickers notwithstanding) by the men in stripes. Every member of that crew should be fired. I have extra special malice for the ref who flagged Matt Hasselbeck for a cut block. One of the worst calls in NFL history? Maybe not in importance, but certainly in incompetence. (Although the Troy Polamalu non-interception call in the Indy game was stellar in its own right.)

Next season can't come soon enough. Until then the foul stench of failure will besmirch all of my football memories.


  • I honestly don't feel robbed by the officials at all. Yeah, the PI in the end zone was the wrong call, but we all got to see it multiple times in slow motion. Watch it once at full-speed from the back judge's angle and suddenly he looks a lot more reasonable. The holding penalties every one was complaining about? Sure looked like holds to me. Did Roethlisberger get in the end zone? I sure thought so.

    Why is no one blaming Seattle for that ugly-duckling interception, or their failure to cover Ward on the trick play everyone knew was coming soon, or for allowing Roethlisberger to scramble and complete a 37-yard pass on 3rd and 28, or for missing two makeable FGs, or for completely botching clock management at the end of the first half, or for not kicking the FG and attempting the on-side kick at the end of the game, or for not being able to pin the Steelers deep even once, or for going 5 of 17 on third down? The list goes on. Seattle shot themselves in the foot repeatedly, and they deserved to lose that game.

    By Blogger Nye!, at 12:28 PM  

  • Yes, Seattle made plenty of mistakes. How does that negate the importance of the officiating? Both teams made lots of mistakes, but only one team got the benefit of having the officials make mistakes on its behalf. Why shouldn't we, as fans, complain about that?

    By Blogger MDS, at 1:55 PM  

  • Nye!, Pitt didn't play well enough to win either, by your standards. They played a rather terrible game actually. If that D-Jax call was OK in your book, then I submit to you that the refs missed about 20 PI calls throughout the course of the game.

    Hasselbeck's pick never would have happened if not for a bogus holding penalty.

    I don't care about Seattle. The refs ruined a good game.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:13 PM  

  • How much did you lose?

    By Blogger James Wigderson, at 3:48 PM  

  • I'm not saying we shouldn't complain about the officiating. I'm saying that we weren't "robbed of a possibly great game" because of it.

    And Pittsburgh may have played a terrible game, but Seattle's was worse. The Steelers converted more than half of their third downs, to less than 30% for the Seahawks. Pitt had more rushing yards and more sacks, and more big plays. Seattle blew the clock and missed field goals. Honestly, what am I missing here?

    And the holding call -- was that the one on the right tackle? Am I the only one who saw him put the guy (Farrior, maybe) in a headlock? The OT's right arm was under the defender's chin. How was that a bad call?

    Like I said, the PI was a bad call, but it wasn't so egregious as to be inexcusable. There's no question he put his arm up and contacted the defender. For an offical that has multiple players to watch, that can look a lot different than it does in slow-mo. But by your own admission neither team played well. So how were we robbed of a good game?

    All I'm saying is that if every call had been correct (and again, I think I think most of them were), we still would have seen a bad game that probably would have been won by the Steelers.

    By Blogger Nye!, at 5:39 PM  

  • Lets go down the list of questionable calls here:

    1) Offensive Pass Interference on Darrell Jackson.

    I don't think he pushed off, I do think he made contact. There is no way this should have been called since I don't believe it led to an advantage.

    2) Personal Foul on Matt Hasselbeck tackle.

    I don't think anyone will argue that this was not a horrible call.

    3) Missed Personal Foul on horsecollar of Shaun Alexander by Joey Porter.

    I was shocked when Alexander got dragged down by the shoulder pads and no penalty got called. It was obvious and I thought the NFL was cracking down on that this year.

    4) Holding call on Locklear.

    Extremely questionable judgement call takes away 1st and goal at 2.

    5) Holding call during Warrick return.

    Didn't see it, but I think a penalty can be called on most kick returns. I give the refs a pass.

    6) Roethlisberger "TD" run.

    I don't think he made it, the Line Judge was running in to mark it short and then signaled a TD. Pittsburgh may have went for it on 4th and scored or might have kicked a FG. I will give a pass to the Refs, but again another call that went Pittsburghs way.

    7) Darrell Jackson Out of bounds play.

    Contrary to some initial reports this call was right. Logically, it shouldn't be a TD because Jackson needs to get two feet in bounds for a catch and he clearly didn't do that.

    Overall there were 6 questionable calls (or noncalls), all of them went Pittsburghs way. I believe that Seattle would have scored a TD when they were down at the 2 so this would have led directly to Seattle having 11 more points. So I do think that Seattle has a right to bitch.

    Here's the thing, even non-Seahwaks fans thought that they got screwed by the refs and thats all anyone is talking about or will remember from this Super Bowl.
    The NFL should ignore this at their own peril lest they become talked about like the NBA.

    By Blogger Rod, at 1:05 PM  

  • I agree with you on 2, 5, and 7. As I've said, on 1 I think it was close enough that the ref should get a "pass," as you put it.

    On 3, I'd like to see it again, but I remember thinking at the time that the defender had both hands on him, which would technically make it not a horsecollar. But I could definitely be wrong about that one.

    I think #4 was clearly a hold. I honestly don't know what's debatable about it. Forearm under the chin as a defender is trying to rip around him will get called every time, as it should.

    As for #6, I think Roethlisberger was in. Don't forget, all that they need is for the nose of the ball to touch the green-and-white seam. It does not need to cross the line entirely. On the replay, I think the ball hit the white. However, I definitely can't explain the way the official signaled.

    And believe me, I am not a Pittsburgh fan -- I grew up in Cleveland in the late 80s for crying out loud. The only team I was raised to hate more was the Broncos.

    By Blogger Nye!, at 8:48 PM  

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