Zebras WIN Super Bowl XL!

Posted: February 6, 2006 in Uncategorized
As of 7PM PST, just under 100,000 people filled in an ESPN poll about the officiating at this year’s Super Bowl today…an amazing number of people, yes, but equally amazing answers, and just a quick warning: it’s unlikely 90% who filled out the poll were from Seattle. Let’s look at a few of the poll questions and your answers, shall we…?
 
1) What grade would you give referee Bill Leavy’s officiating crew for Super Bowl XL?
49.4% F
24.9% D
14.5% C
9.2% B
2.0% A

So, it appears 75% of you thought the zebras were smoking crack during timeouts, and 15% of you think they spent too much time scoping out babes in the stands.

3) Did the officiating in Sunday’s game unfairly favor one team?
78.8% Unfairly favored the Steelers
16.5% The right calls were made
4.7% Unfairly favored the Seahawks

This indicates that only a few people in Pittsburgh don’t drink…once they sleep off their hangovers and surf to this poll, that 78.8% should drop to 78.6%.

5) Do you think the official made the right call on Darrell Jackson’s offensive pass interference in the endzone, negating a Seattle touchdown in the first quarter?
73.4% No
20.8% Yes
5.8% I’m not sure

Hall-of-famer Steve Young went so far as to call it a touchdown during half-time, and fellow hall-of-famer John Madden also questioned the definition Leavy’s crew used for a "push-off". In other words, most of you hadn’t consumed too much beer to affect your vision before this play occured.

6) Do you think the football broke the plane of the goal line on Ben Roethlisberger’s touchdown run in the second quarter?
58.5% No
26.8% Yes
14.6% I’m not sure

OK, obviously some people slammed two beers after D-Jack’s touchdown was denied, and it affected your neural pathways. It was so funny to see the official slap his thigh to indicate no touchdown, then replay shows Big Ben look him straight in the eye, pull the ball out from under his chest and move it over the goal line after the play was whistled dead…and the official suddenly switch from slapping his thigh to indicating a touchdown.

7) Do you think the official made the right call on Sean Locklear’s holding penalty in the fourth quarter, negating an 18-yard reception to the one-yard line by Jerramy Stevens?
74.1% No
15.4% Yes
10.4% I’m not sure

Most of you agreed with hall-of-famer John Madden that replays showed Locklear did not commit a penalty. 10% of you obviously think he’s a silly old man trying to relive his NFL glory days.

But hey, you’re just a bunch of beer-swilling armchair quarterbacks…let’s look at what some sportswriters had to say about the officiating. Some of them are very generous and kind in the way they applauded the officiating job done yesterday…

The first-quarter offensive pass interference called on Darrell Jackson that turned a touchdown into a field goal was robbery enough. But the fourth-quarter holding call on Sean Locklear made you wonder whether the refs had even less of Aretha’s r-e-s-p-E-c-t for your Seahawks than I do. Skip Bayless, espn

Here’s what referee Bill Leavy’s crew did, point blank: It robbed Seattle. Michael Smith, espn

The officials capped a miserable postseason with another disaster. Andrew Perloff, Sports Illustrated

The Steelers were bitten by the bad officiating bug themselves in the win over Indianapolis, but the Seahawks were chewed up and spit out. Bob George, PatsFans.com

Congratulations to them and nice try to the Seahawks who couldnt beat the Steelers and the officials on the same day. Gary Miller, DenverBroncos.com

Bill Leavy, former cop and firefighter, must have done a better job directing traffic and putting out whatever gameday fires were started by overzealous moms and dads during his days refereeing games in the San Jose PAL Ian O’Conner, USA Today

Bill Leavy and his crew ruined Super Bowl XL. Am I the only one who would like to hear them defend their incompetence? Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star

I could go on and on and on…but enough of what they say, it doesn’t really matter unless it comes from our very own coach, Mike Holmgren:

"We knew it was going to be tough playing against the Steelers. But I didn’t know we were going to have to take on the guys in the striped shirts, too." Seattle Times

OK, so that little statement will likely get Coach fined, probably in the area of about $30,000. Mr. Allen will likely pay that fine for him, and do it with a bitter smile on his face, but I suggest the fans start a fund raiser for the Coach (just in case the NFL does decide to fine him). We could call the fund raiser, "Pennies for Mike"

 

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