The NFL's Super Bowl officiating crew is said to be comprised of the best refs the league has to offer. How, then, did this crew manage to make a series of blunders that uniformly favored the Steelers (for all intents and purposes, the "home" team)?
- In the first quarter, Darrell Jackson's touchdown reception was nullified as a result of a bogus offensive pass interference call. Seattle was then forced to settle for a field goal.
- In the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger was awarded a touchdown on third and goal despite seeming to come up just short of the goal line. Three points became seven for Pittsburgh.
- In the fourth quarter, with the game still up for grabs, a questionable holding penalty on Seattle's Sean Locklear erased a Jerramy Stevens catch that would have put Seattle at the one yard line with four chances to punch it in. Instead...
- Matt Hasselbeck threw a boneheaded interception, but did his best to make up for it with a nice tackle on the return. Incredibly, the officials flagged Hasselbeck for a 15-yard personal foul (for a "low block" - a rule which does not apply to hits made on the ball carrier).
Like I said, I'm not a Seahawks fan. But this Super Bowl made me long for the day when robotic replacements are ready to supplant error-prone NFL officials.
--NationInChicago 06:22, 6 February 2006 (PST)