I'm sitting here in the office and my editor and I talking football and how Mr. Tony is going to Monday Night Football and we began to talk about the Super Bowl XL officiating.
I didn't get to see much in the way of news or PTI or Around The Horn and see what everyone is saying about the officials, but the first "bad" call of the Super Bowl was not a bad call. I don't even know the names of the two players involved and I'll admit that it wasn't over the top pass interference, but it was still pass interference.
Somehow, I'm the only person in the world that sees this. Even the women in the office are against me. And I kind of believe that people are arguing this call because of some of the other questionable calls that occurred. That and the fact that this call was in the endzone costing Seattle 6 points.
If you didn't see the game, the situation was Seattle on offense and Seattle's receiver was covered by a Pittsburgh defender and they ran as far as they possibly could. Into the endzone, under the goalposts and all the way until any further would have put them out of bounds. At that point they both came a complete stop. Well, as complete as you can come when you are in the Super Bowl.
At this point the ball is thrown and the Seattle receiver put his right hand into the Steeler defender's chest as he went after the ball which was thrown to the left side of the Seattle receiver, away from the defense. Whether or not you agreed with the call, the Seattle receiver did push the Steeler defender and you can see it in the replay. If you watch the Steeler defender's feet, he had make a little hop backward in order to maintain his balance. I admit that the push was little, but if you don't think that it had a bearing on the TD catch, then you have to wonder why the Steeler defender didn't begin to try and make a play on the ball and break up the TD.
Instead, he just stood there like a statue. And for those of you who are whining about the late flag, the official pulled the wrong thing out of his belt the first time. I guess it was the fumble bean bag, but he instantly made the call and was completely on top of the play.
So after all of that, the rest of the plays were pretty questionable. Roethlisberger didn't make it in. Holding calls were really hit and miss, but only when Seattle had a big play were they "hit".
Complain all you want, but that pass interference call had no bearing on the game because it was the right call. Talk all you want about the rest of them because I won my money for the Pittsburgh win fair and square.