Full-time NFL officials aren't the answer
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#1 Feb 27, 2006
Too funny: send this to Seattle and other journalists who make Seattle look foolish for whining.
It's a response to A 10-point plan to make officiating better by Fox Sport's Kevin Hench who said:
[quote] Did Darrell Jackson extend his arm into Chris Hope in the back of the end zone? Yes. Did every veteran NFL analyst find the call hopelessly ticky-tack? Of course. Did Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward laugh sheepishly when asked about the call? Of course.[end-quote]
I suggest he look at:
P.S. there are also photos out there showing Ben's dive for a TD was such that while in the air, the ball was just at the plane of the goal line (and if not, it was clearly too close to overturn). Many folks incorrectly point to this as a bad call or Ben Roethlisberger saying on the Letterman show he probably didn't score (the next day, upon further review and seeing one great frame-photo where the ball looked like it was right *AT* the goal line), Ben Roethlisberger retracted the statement. Journalists however did not widely (or at all) report this.
The only two glaringly bad calls against Seattle in this game were the holding call that took back a completed pass to the 2yd line and the illegal block against Hasslebeck. That's pretty much par for the course in an NFL game these days -- but things were certainly not as bad as Hench and other Seattle Whiners want you to think.
Also, both Chris Collingsworth and Chris Cater (future Hall of Famer, Minnesota Vikings) stated after the game that this was a clear and correct call of offensive pass interference. They are wide-receivers, not some analyst or journalist who has no football experience other than vague recollections of identical plays (there were some remarkably unique things about this play that make it different than the traditional push off when a receiver and defender are running downfield in stride).
Finally, of all the whining articles I read, very few pointed out the bad calls against the Steelers:
(1) On Ben's thrown interception he tried to make a tackle and he was clearly whacked good and hard in the back on an illegal block.
(2) A Seattle WR caught a ball and ran a couple solid steps and seconds before getting hit and fumbling -- as the ball rolled to the sidelines where the Steelers could have recovered it, the whistle had been blown too soon (incorrectly signalling a fumble) and thus making what could have been a potential fumble recovery a non-reviewable play.
It's disgraceful how reporters have detracted from the Steelers great Super Bowl run by overstating and under-analyzing the officiating issues in Super Bowl XL.
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