Sports: February 2006 Archives

Super Bowl Officiating

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It was very good. I watched every replay of a "bad" call, and there was only one bad one in the bunch: the Seahawks receiver who stepped out of bounds did, in fact, barely nick the pylon with his right leg, after getting possession and stepping in bounds with his left leg. That should have been a touchdown.

The offensive pass interference was clearly correct. He changed directions, straightened out his arm on the defensive player, and gave himself some momentum while taking away same from the other player. No question, correct call.

The hold on the lineman, same thing: the defensive player got past him, and he grabbed the guy's shoulder pad from behind. Absolutely no question, correct call.

Big Ben's touchdown, I am not entirely convinced was the right intial call, but I am 75 percent sure he got it across. But everyone seems to be telling me the video was not conclusive, so how can they be mad at the initial call, if you can't even tell from the video? Judgment call, can't tell from the video, so I have no problem with it.

And how come the Seahawks fans aren't talking about the interception and two missed field goals, without which they would have won regardless of these supposed "bad" calls?

Look, I complained about the bad call against the Patriots in the divisional playoff game, where the fumble clearly went through the end zone. However, I was quick to point out that Brady through an interception to put them in that situation, and their three other turnovers are what killed them.

The best team always wins, even with bad calls, because that's part of the game too. But in this case, the calls weren't bad anyway.

Super Bowl Prediction

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Last year I picked the exact score of the Super Bowl.

Stop your genuflecting.

I had the advantage of knowing the Patriots team extremely well. This year, well, not so much. I know the Steelers pretty well, though not nearly as well as I know the Pats, and despite living in the Seattle region, I don't know the Seahawks well at all.

But there are a few things I know. I know the Steelers have a slightly better passing game. I know the Seahawks have the decided edge in running. I know I fear the Steelers defense more, but on the other hand, they tend to give up some big plays.

Big Ben is prone to some error, but on the other hand, he's only lost to three teams, and two of those he ended up coming back to beat in the playoffs, the Colts and Bengals. (He remains 0-2 against the Pats.)

In the end, I think the Seahawks won't be able to contain the many Steelers weapons. So I am picking the Steelers to win, 28 to 24.
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