Re: Sea/Pitt Super Bowl Ref owns up!
posted at 8/9/2010 12:14 PM EDT
For those of you who have forgotten, going back to 2005...and the Goths' controversial 21-10 SB win over the Seattle Seahawks...there was much controversy over the obviously biased officiating, which gift-wrapped the SB win for Pittsburgh. In the aftermath of that game, the aforementioned biased officiating was a hot topic of discussion:
"As for the game that surrounded their performance, it was a fairly dull affair that the Steelers won in spite of their tepid play. Not that the Seahawks
played considerably better, for they managed to squander a number of opportunities. Yet it cannot be denied that they gained more yards, earned more first downs, held the ball longer, and committed fewer turnovers than the Steelers. This combination is typically a recipe for victory in the NFL, but Super Bowl
Extra Large turned out to be the exception to prove the rule. As critical as these ingredients to success are, there are numerous other aspects of a football game that help determine its outcome. One of them is refereeing, and it played an especially large part in the latest Super Bowl.
There were four questionable calls that kept the Seahawks
from outscoring the Steelers despite the fact that they were otherwise dominating the game. An offensive pass interference call in the end zone took a touchdown away from the Seahawks. The receiver’s hand did make brief, seemingly light contact with the defender’s chest, but many would argue (I among them) that no penalty should have been called and the touchdown should have stood.
The second questionable call was a touchdown given to the Steelers quarterback even though it appeared in replay that the ball never reached the goal line until after he was down on the ground. Had it been ruled fourth and inches rather than a score, the Steelers may have opted to kick a field goal. Or they may have gone for it on fourth down and failed to score. Instead they were given six critical points.
The third questionable call took place when the Seahawks
quarterback completed a pass that would have given them first and goal on the 1-yard line with a huge chance looming to take the lead. But holding was called against an offensive lineman. Slow motion replay did not show any clear case of holding on the play.
Finally, after throwing his lone interception of the game, Matt Hasselbeck made the subsequent tackle. Inexplicably he was penalized for throwing an illegal block on a player that he did not even touch." http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/21343/super_bowl_xl.html
; and: http://blogcritics.org/sports/article/refs-continue-to-disappoint-in-steelers/
The head referee of that game, Bill Leavy, has recently voluntarily apologized for "two blown calls", which greatly impacted that game: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81996cc0/article/hasselbeck-ref-who-admitted-super-bowl-errors-is-standup-guy?module=HP_headlines