Tuesday, January 17, 2006

pittsburgh steelers stuns the NFL

photo coutesy of SI
the pittsburgh steelers defeated the indianapolis colts on sunday to advance to the AFC championship game. pittsburgh overcame all odds (indy was 9.5 point favorites) and became the only six seeded team in NFL history to advance to the championship round after winning their last six games, yet the talk of the week is all about the couple referee decisions in the fourth quarter that were blatant errors.
in particular the reversal of a troy polamalu interception late in the 4th quarter that was initially ruled a interception only to be reversed after the replay-official archie manning ray morelli changed the call. the many camera angles clearly showed that polamalu intercepted the peyton manning pass while diving after the ball and rolling over with it and then when he jumped to his feet to run with the ball his right knee kicked the ball out of his hands which he immediately dove on.
not only did morelli get the call wrong but he also made up some crazy rule that does not exist.
the NFL came out late monday afternoon with a rare announcement of the obvious mistake stating: "He maintained possession long enough to establish a catch," Pereira said. "Therefore, the replay review should have upheld the call on the field that it was a catch and fumble."
the bad call infuriated pittsburgh linebacker joey porter such that after the game he told a pittsburgh post-gazette reporter: "I know they wanted Indy to win this game; the whole world loves Peyton Manning. But come on, man, don't take the game away from us like that."
the NFL would not comment on if porter would be fined for his negative remarks.
the game is being remembered as one of the craziest finishes in NFL history and sports illustrated editor "peter king" is now ranking pittsburgh as the best team out of the final four remaining teams.

here is the online video of the interception courtesy of criticalfanatic.com

quote of the week:
"I kind of like that Pittsburgh macho stuff. I like the fact that he's a tough guy.''
-- Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson, on new coach Mike McCarthy.

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