Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Steelers and their fans can stop whining

Don't worry, the refs still love you!

For all the Steelers and their fans who want to whine about how the league has it in for them they should be reminded of a few things.

Now I’m not here to list all of the favorable calls the Steelers have been the beneficiaries of over the years beginning with the Immaculate Reception. I’ll leave that up to you below if you choose.

More recent than the infamous Franco Harris catch (or non-catch), a number of calls stand out beginning with a handful of officiating f-ups in Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks and let’s not forget the favorable “re-do” at the Dolphins goal line earlier this season when it appeared as though Miami emerged with the ball following a Ben Roethlisberger fumble.

Let me remind you Western Pennsylvanians that the Steelers took advantage of the lame re-do, kicked a field goal on fourth down and escaped with a 23-22 victory – the difference between a No. 2 seed and a No. 6 seed in the playoffs given Pittsburgh’s recent loss to the Jets.

But even in the loss to Rex Ryan & Co. the game officials at least tried to give the Steelers some more home field edge.

With 11:08 to go in the second quarter v. the Jets, the Steelers had the ball at New York’s 35 yard line. On first down Rashard Mendenhall ran for 9 yards. On the next play Roethlisberger threw incomplete to Mendenhall which would have forced a third and 1.

However, the officials awarded Mendenhall a first down on his 9 yard run (even that was generous) despite being obviously short of the first down. If you want proof, check out this video.

Roethlisberger was sacked on the next play and that should have forced a Steelers’ punt. Instead Pittsburgh was given another shot at a new set of downs and they were successful. Eventually the drive ended with a 9 yard TD pass to Matt Spaeth, knotting the score at 7.

If you want to beat the Steelers, history suggest you have to take out their twelfth man.

He’s the guy wearing a black and white striped shirt.

And for James Harrison, Hines Ward, Ryan Clark and all of the Steelers fans crying another dirty Monongahela River, it’s pretty clear why you all carry around those ugly ass boo hoo towels.


Jerry B said...

All of which points to the fact that officiating in the NFL STILL leaves much to be desired.....