The Seahawks were robbed

This is the first (and maybe the last) time I mention sports on my blog, but I simply must go on a very tiny rant about how bad officiating should not be the difference in a game, especially the Super Bowl. Think about these calls: 1) The questionable offensive interference that took away a Seattle touchdown 2) Saying that Steelers' QB Roethlisberger got the ball across the end zone line when it seemed fairly clear he didn't. In fact, the side judge originally started running in to mark him down and then, very late, signaled touchdown. 3) A very questionable holding call a long pass in the 2nd quarter 4) An outrageous holding call on a play that would have left Seattle 1st-and-goal on the one, likely to go up 3 points in the 4th quarter. 5) The 15-yard low block penalty called on Seattle QB Hasselbeck while he was tackling the Steeler who just intercepted his pass. (He wasn't blocking anyone.) Seattle generally outplayed Pittsburgh and maybe Pittsburgh should have won, but if the officials had been competent (or objective) the game would have looked very different. All in all, the least interesting SuperBowl in a long time. Sorry for writing about sports....just had to get it off my chest.
  • Lucy Stern
    Comment from: Lucy Stern
    02/06/06 @ 11:08:31 am

    Ross, there were some questionable calls, but I still think the Steelers would have won. Just my opinion.

  • Jim Cochell
    Comment from: Jim Cochell
    02/06/06 @ 04:43:34 pm

    The three reasons Seahawk fans are crying…………………………………B.S. F.Y.I Roethlisberger did make it in. A few of my friends had the same opinions as yourself. After watching in super slow/stop “DVR” they all agreed the ball broke the plain by about 1/4 inch, and was pushed back by contact. Ok so you still dont believe he made it. 4th and 1/4 of an inch on the goal, Pittsburg still gets 7 The hold WAS a hold, grant you teams dont always get called on it but the Seahawks did. Keep in mind the defender had a direct line on Hasselbeck, and clipped his heels even after the hold. Maybe Hasselbeck gets hit and loses the ball if the hold didnt happen, but it did. And the pass interference was OBVIOUS. You cant extend your elbow when you push off a defender, hench pushing off/pass interference. You can see the defenders momentum go the other way due to the contact. If you want to whine and cry, I will agree, Hasselbecks tackle/block after the interception was a bad call. Boo Hoo 15 yards. Jim

  • Rich Wetzel
    Comment from: Rich Wetzel
    02/07/06 @ 03:11:28 pm

    Ross was right, sorry Jim... The whole sporting world has done numerous polls, many of us have Tivo too, and clearly, clearly this was atrocious and in many peoples opinion biased officiating that did make the difference. The refs won the superbowl, not the Steelers. Those were horrible, game altering calls that were clearly incorrect.

  • Comment from: Rossputin
    02/07/06 @ 03:48:47 pm

    I watched the replay several times, and it is not clear that the ball touched the line. Additionally, it was clear that the side judge did not think so either, at first. He was running in to mark the ball down, and very late he gave a touchdown signal after Roethlesberger bounced in. Anyway, the worst call of the game, and the one that probably gave the game to Pittsburgh was the holding call on the 4th quarter play that would have left Seattle with 1st-and-goal at the one. There was clearly no hold. The holding penalty earlier in the game was also a terrible call, as I'm sure 20 more "real" holds than that were never called during the game. There is no doubt that the officials gave this game to Pittsburgh, or at least eliminated the chance for Seattle to try to win.

  • Bruce
    Comment from: Bruce
    02/10/06 @ 08:31:32 pm

    I'm tired of our win and accomplishment being tainted. Read. Weep. Quit whining. Super Bowl XL: 1. The Refs didn't give up the longest run in SB history...Seattle's defense did. 2. The Refs didn't bite on a 43 yd trick play, Randle to Ward for a TD...Seattle's defense did. 3. The Refs didn't allow Ben to scramble around on a 3rd and 28 and complete a long pass to the 2 yd. line...Seattle's defense did. 4. The Refs didn't miss two field goals, that was Seattle. 5. The Refs didn't fail to step out of bounds late in the 1st half to stop the clock in Pitt territory in a crunch time situation...Seattle's offense did. 6. The Refs didn't let the 1st half clock tick down from 48 seconds all the way down to 13 seconds before finally running their next play at Pitt's 36 yd line...Seattle's offense did. 7. And on this play, 3rd down, 53 yds away from a FG, it wasn't the Refs who tried and failed to go deep for a TD rather than a safer 5-7 yd play and timeout setting up a much easier FG attempt....that, again, would be Seattle's offense. 8. The Refs didn't get confused by Pitt's zone defense and throw an INT...that would be Seattle's QB. 9. The Refs didn't let a little physical contact intimidate them from catching 4 very catchable passes...that would be the Seattle TE Jeremy Stevens. 10. With approx. 20 seconds left in the game, knowing they need a TD and FG, in no particular order, and in easy FG range on 4th down, it wasn't the Refs who ignored the FG and elected to throw up a prayer trying for a TD...that AGAIN would be Seattle. And for any 'hater' still feeling a little salty and reaching for excuses as to why the Steelers didn't deserve to win the Super Bowl ... 11. The Refs didn't constantly punt deep into the end zone, repeatedly giving Pitt the ball at the 20 yd line...that of course was Seattle. 12. It wasn't the Refs who received a Christmas gift wrapped easy INT lobbed in perfect position to return deep into Pitt territory...the lucky beneficiary of that break would be Seattle. 13. It wasn't the Refs who got a break when a Steeler DB dropped an easy int early in the game...that too would be a break for Seattle. 14. It wasn't the Refs who caught a break when a Steeler WR dropped a very catchable TD pass...that break again would go to Seattle. 15. It wasn't the scapegoat Refs that received a break when a WR caught the ball, turned, stepped, was hit hard enough to cause a fumble, and then ruled INCOMPLETE...that would be of course, another chance for Seattle. (this was an interesting call considering that after Troy's famous overruled Int, the NFL stated that it WAS a catch. If so, than this definitely WAS a catch) 16. The Refs werent the ones who caught a break when at the conclusion of a 2nd qtr play, as a Pitt DE was walking away, the Seattle Center blindsided the defenseless player, leveling him to the ground. This mysteriously unseen crime was again another break for Seattle. 17. It wasn't the Refs who got a break when Pitt QB Big Ben was blocked in the back as he pursued the DB who he'd tossed an int to...that again would go to Seattle. 18. It wasn't the Refs who stopped Seattle RB Alexander in a few key situations. That would be the Pittsburgh Steelers. 19. It wasn't the Refs who converted many of their 3rd downs yet stopped their opponent on 3rd down often...that would be the Pittsburgh Steelers. 20. And the very bottom line is this...On plays when there wasn't any penalties ...One team made plays and one team didn't. The end result was the final score, 21-10. ********************************************* To every Steeler hater out there I say, 'Get over it,' and learn to accept losing with a little grace, humility, and dignity. Perhaps you'll earn yourself some respect in doing so .... What the Steelers accomplished this year as a #6 seed on the verge of elimination is nothing short of miraculous. Think about it, it's NEVER been done before in NFL history and may never be done again. This team was matched against the very best that the league had to offer .... on the road no less ... and we beat them all! Sorry, but there is nothing empty, tarnished, or undeserving about that ..... With that said, Congratulations to the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers Welcome Home Lombardi Trophy!

  • Comment from: Rossputin
    02/11/06 @ 09:43:56 am

    Well, Bruce, that was pretty thorough! Just to be clear, I really didn't care about either team. I'm a fan of the Redskins and the Broncos, so I'm not a partisan Seahawks guy by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, I like the Steelers better since I was a huge Steelers fan when I was a kid. But the bottom line is that the Seahawks should have been up by 3 in the 4th quarter. They were prevented from that nearly certain touchdown (they would have been first-and-goal at the one) by a holding call where there was CLEARLY no holding. All the other calls together didn't do as much damage as that one, and that one was the most obviously wrong call. The illegal block call on Hasselbeck soon afterwards didn't really make any difference but it demonstrated very clearly just how terrible the officiating was. I think I'm pretty objective about all this...I watched the game just as a football fan, not a Seahawks fan. And I think that while Pittsburgh could have won without the referees doing what they did, they probably would not have.

  • R. H. Cornelius
    Comment from: R. H. Cornelius
    06/07/06 @ 04:56:45 am

    It will go down as the worst officiated superbowl in history. For the next ten years, they will make sure calls are made, even if they have to ruin the game to do so. Last year's Steeler bias was decided even before the game, which is not surprising if you think about the president of our united states. Obviously, the president had nothing to do with it. I blame us, the public, we are the fools who decide we like Pittsburgh over Seattle, our favorite American Idle singer, we are the Roman Empire on the verge of collapse. Seattle should have won, we all know it, we just rooted for our favorite gladiators. George W. Bush is like one of the many byzantine emperors whose eyes were gouged out. Let us hope America can come back. God bless America and God bless Snagglepuss.