Posts Tagged ‘Super Bowl

03
Feb
09

A glutton for punishment

Sometimes I swear I am masochistic.

A good example is what I did today — I decided to delve into the Internet world to see what America thought of the Super Bowl.

I was reading a blog by a columnist on yahoo (or something, I forget), which was questioning why the refs didn’t review the fumble that sealed the game for the Steelers. And the blog had a point … personally, I thought it was reviewed (and if not, should have been), but I was at work at my attention was divided throughout most of the game.

Then I dove into people’s comments.

Dear Lord. The conspiracy theories abound. “The refs wanted the Steelers to win” was everywhere. Literally, half of the replies were how poor the officiating was, how it was a fix, and how the Rooneys bought their 6th trophy. And some of the arguments were just laugh out loud ridiculous.

Now, I know I have the same chance of convincing them that they’re wrong as I do of convincing a “Truther” that he is wrong, so I didn’t bother to respond to any of them. However, I have to share some of the funnier comments that I can remember (in no particular order).

  • Santonio Holmes didn’t have the second foot down.

    I don’t know about you, but after I saw replay after replay after replay after replay of that catch, it was pretty damn clear that both feet were down, in bounds. That, my friends, was a touchdown, no matter how you slice it.

  • On the Harrison interception return, there was clearly a block in the back.

    Well, I didn’t see one. And if there was one, the refs clearly missed it. I don’t know why people think that if a ref misses a call, it’s an automatic “The fix is in!” Refs are humans, and they’re gonna make mistakes. I have yet to see a game that was called perfectly. But yeah, some blown calls are obviously more costly than others. That’s why you need to go in and flat-out beat your opponent and never let it come down to a ref’s judgment call. And if you do get a bad call, you have to rebound and play even harder and take it out of their hands. I have yet to hear of the NFL overturning the result of a game because people cried about a call.

  • Harrison should have been ejected for punching that guy.

    OK, I can’t even remember the last time I saw an NFL player ejected from a game. It’s a fairly rare thing. And no Steelers fan that I know condoned what Harrison did. In fact, everyone in the office where I was said, “What the fuck was he thinking! That fucking idiot!”

    But here’s why I believe the personal foul call was correct: The opposing player was trying to get up, and Harrison was punching his pads in order to keep him down, and obviously went a little overboard. Now, if he would have kicked the guy when he was down, intentionally stood on him or punched him square in the face (helmetless), then hey, eject away. But players do all kinds of questionable, dirty things when blocking another guy — sometimes they get caught, other times they don’t. But whatever they do, it’s rarely an “ejectionable” offense.

  • That hitting the place holder call was complete bullshit. It’s not like he intentionally rammed the guy. I’ve never seen that call before, and I’ve watched a lot of football and played a lot of Madden, so I know it’s bullshit.

    That was a combination of two different comments. No, stop laughing. Seriously, it was.

    OK, to be honest, I’ve never seen that call in any high school, college or pro-football game either. But on the other hand, I’ve never seen a guy fucking retarded enough to smack into the holder, either.

    Look, the refs can’t simply make up rules on the fly. And you don’t have to “intentionally” hit a kicker or the holder in order to draw a penalty. If you accidentally hit a punter, you get a roughing the kicker call. The penalty was fair, and the player that committed it was retarded. End of story.

  • That roughing the passer call was bullshit. That should have been a 5 yard facemask penalty, not a 15 yard one.

    I didn’t actually see that play, however, there is no such beast as a 5 yard facemask penalty anymore. I believe it was a rule change at the beginning of the season. Whether the head is turned or not, it’s an automatic 15 yard penalty. Please keep up. A defender can graze the QB’s head and get a roughing the passer call — hell, I think Woodley’s had that called on him several times. Suck it up, Buttercup. Stay away from the QB’s head.

  • Santonio should have penalized for that LeBron imitation move after the TD.

    Yeah, I would have to agree. However, me being a non-basketball fan, I had no idea what he was doing. It was pretty subtle, and I’m sure the refs missed it. It wasn’t as though he was shooting flares into the air to get their attention when he did it.

Anyway, I’m sure there’s plenty more out there. Dear Lord, nothing is ever not a conspiracy anymore. In fact, I’m sure the Shadow Government is getting concerned over all the conspiracies any more, and will form a conspiracy to end all the conspiracy talk.

Just sayin’.

02
Feb
09

A tip of the hat

Well, I know I’m going to be like every other ‘burgh blogger by talking about the Steelers and the Super Bowl, but it’s gotta be done. But hopefully, mine will be a little shorter than most. (LOL — probably not.)

1) The Cardinals: I gotta admit, I was absolutely wrong about this team. I had been hearing from a lot more “well-versed” football fans about the Cards, about how they would fold, about how they wouldn’t be able to compete against the Steelers. They sure as hell proved everyone wrong. And while they didn’t get the victory, I think we saw the beginnings of a franchise turnaround. If Whisenhunt and Co. keep using that same formula that they learned from the Rooneys and the Steelers, they have the potential to go really far. They’ve completely earned my respect, and (hopefully) have shed their laughingstock image once and for all.

And Larry Fitzgerald, you’re a monster. It was great watching/cheering for you at Pitt; it was painful to watch my boys play against you. But hopefully your “Pittsburgh-style” (letting your play speak for you) will inspire more great players to do the same.

Oh, and one last thing: Fans and coaches — don’t go the crybaby Mike Holmgren route and start crying about bad calls or anything. Take the loss as men, and let the bitterness of it fuel your play next year. And when you do eventually earn that trophy, it’s gonna feel unbelieveable. Any Steelers fan can tell you that.

2) Mike Tomlin: I owe you an apology. From the time you got here, I was second-guessing the Rooneys on their decision. “From the Vikings? Dear God!” That’s what I thought. The Vikings always equaled “mediocrity” to me, and I couldn’t understand why they would pick you over Whiz or Grimm. But you’ve proven yourself, and your speech after the win was fantastic and absolutely true — “We play for each other, we play 60 minutes. It isn’t always pretty, and throw style points out the window.” But it works. I wish you a long, successful reign as the head coach.

3) Santonio: Way to rebound, man. You had a rough year with that whole possession charge, but you came through when you needed to. Frickin’ A. It takes a lot of character to admit to your problems, and a lot of strength to reach the level that you have. I hope you’ve found a home here and keep yourself on the straight and narrow. Regardless of the future, that catch will always be remembered, and showed everyone what you are capable of. Fan-fucking-tastic.

4) Harrision: You’re a beast, and that interception was absolutely fantastic. You’re gonna be immortalized in Steelers history, no doubt. But unfortunately, everyone’s gonna remember your blocking and punching the guy on the ground, too. Oh well, I don’t care. You deserve that phat-ass contract that will be presented to you, and I sincerely hope that you accept it.

5) The team: You guys made me so happy and proud to be a Steelers fan. It’s not always easy to watch you guys — sometimes I swear you do things the hard way just to generate business for the area hospitals by creating heart failure in your fans. But you guys play hard, and I never question your effort. Thank you for bringing home No. 6 to the ‘burgh.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m drained. What a freakin’ game.




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