Seele, I understand that you are a big Pittsburgh fan and are understandably happy they "won", but I can't imagine how you can call it a "great game to watch." See, unlike most of the country and unlike most of the people at the stadium in Detroit and unlike all of the referees on the field, I was hoping for a Seahawks win. That game was horrible. But, don't take my word for it... read just about every account of the game, anywhere.

The only people truly satisfied are folks like you: Steeler fans who couldn't care less that their team won due to a HUGE assist from the guys in white striped outfits. You earned your trophy with one of *the* *worst* *quarterback* performance in history. You earned your trophy despite a phantom touchdown from said quarterback that should never have been called, an offensive pass interference call that should never have been called, a holding call that would have put the Seahawks at the one yard line and ready for the go ahead score and a missed off sides call on the same play, a completely idiotic blocking call on a guy who was making a *tackle* for chris' sakes.

But, don't take my word for it. After all, I'm probably as big a Seahawk fan as you are a Steeler fan. I grew up with them and have watched them despite 30 years of misery. I still remember the 1984 championship, crystal clear, even though I was just a little kid at the time. Trust me, bad officiating against the Seahawks is nothing new. Go and google Testaverde's "Phantom Touchdown" to see what I mean. However, I know I'm not hallucinating. If you read ESPN, Foxsports, or many of the national rags it is apparent that any honest observer can see that this game was either willfully fixed OR subject to some of the worst officiating in Superbowl history.

The Seahawks were clearly the better team. Problem is, the game wasn't Seahawks VS Steelers... it was Seahawks VS ( Steeler's + Refs )


this could easily turn in to a holy war. ill take my win and run with it. i suppose you think the offsides on the steelers call to void the seahawks touchdown was a conspiracy too?

if the steelers were playing so poorly and the seahawks are such a good team, they should have been able to make up the points. we won by more than 7 anyway.

By seele at Tue, 02/07/2006 - 16:17

That is a record my friend. In futility. That's your Superbowl Champion Steeler's + Refs.

Give D-Jack his touchdown and take Ben's which wasn't. That's a fourteen point swing right there. However, the real point is we'll never know, because your side (meaning the refs) wouldn't let the Seahawks have a chance. Every big play the Seahawks made was called back for some ticky tacky non existent foul. Every benefit of the doubt went to your beloved Steeler's. If that's how you want to win...

I guess, I have to take solace in the fact that the Seahawks won that game in every measure except one. We gained more yards. We had less turnovers. We had better time of possession. We held the opponent to less yards.

But we couldn't overcome the refs. And every honest observer knows it.

By Adam Treat at Tue, 02/07/2006 - 16:26

yet you still couldnt pull through even tho the steelers were playing so bad. there was a glory story for the steelers, but people also wanted to see the underdog win. i dont hear seattle fans complaining they didnt play better.. its easier to blame the refs for them not making their field goals or critical plays when they counted.

J.A. Adande, Los Angeles Times on ESPN's "Around the Horn": "The officiating contributed to the outcome. It did not determine the outcome. The bottom line is Seattle still had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead and Hasselbeck threw that interception. Yeah. There were some questionable things. I've never seen a holding call where a guy only uses one hand. I don't even know if it's possible to hold a defender with one hand. They did call that. They were blowing things all night. But Seattle, the Seahawks were the ones blowing things even worse."

Kevin Blackistone, Dallas Morning News on ESPN's "Around the Horn": "Now let's stop this whining going on with the Seattle fans. The litmus test for this is the fact when you talk to the Seattle Seahawks after the game, they didn't talk about the referees. They talked about problems they had of their own making."


By seele at Tue, 02/07/2006 - 16:32