Seahawks fans: GET OVER IT!
Take heed in those lyrics, Seahawks fans. After all, there is no crying in football. Blaming game officials for your team losing a game is shear Bush League stuff. Did the Steelers roll over and wet on themselves against the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional playoffs after a horrendous officiating call? Steelers safety Troy Polamalu made a diving interception of Peyton Manning with 5:26 remaining and Pittsburgh up 11. He got up to run and fumbled the ball, but recovered -- only to have it mysteriously overturned by the referee. It doesn't get any more blatant than that.
Wait a minute! What about that officials' call that Darrell Jackson committed offensive pass interference in the end zone? Had that little "ticky tack" call not been made, it's 7-0, Hawks.
I saw the play. Jackson clearly extended his arm to create separation. A section of the official NFL rules on offensive pass interference states:
Initiating contact with a defender by shoving or pushing off thus creating a separation in an attempt to catch a pass.
You can use the "ticky tack" argument all you want. That's like saying your girlfriend is "only a little pregnant."
OK, but you have to admit that Ben Roethlisberger did not cross the goal line on the Steelers' first touchdown.
Uh, no I don't. Look, the referee that signaled "touchdown" was right up the goal line. Are you trying to tell me that you had a better view from home than that official who was there? Besides, if they don't give Roethlisberger the TD, the ball would be marked on the one-centimeter line. The Steelers would have punched it in on fourth-and-goal anyways.
Well, let's not forget that bogus holding call in the 4th quarter. It wiped out a completion to the one yard line. We score there, we lead 17-14.
Bogus holding call? If an offensive lineman reaches around and tackles a guy after getting beat, that's textbook holding. Besides, the Seahawks still had the ball in Pittsburgh territory when your QB threw an interception. What, are you going to tell me the ref obstructed Matt Hasselbeck's view of his receiver?
Did the officials also cause Jerramy Stevens to drop passes?
How about your kicker, Josh Brown, missing two field goals?
The Seahawks had a great year, finishing 13-3 in the regular season.
But there's no doubt in my mind that they were the second best team on Sunday.