Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Cheaters

Hats off to the officiating crew for the Super Bowl. I've seen poorly officiated games, but never like this.

Bill Leavy and his supposedly "All-Star" crew of officials have so far missed four calls that have transformed the game from a clear Seahawks victory to what seems sure to be a Pittsburgh win. The topper was the call on Hasselbeck for a phantom penalty on his interception. But the phantom offensive interference call in the first quarter was disgraceful, as was the ridiculous decree that Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger actually got the ball into the end zone for the first Steeler TD. And how about the phantom holding call two plays before Hasselbeck's INT? Nice.

I am the first to admit that the 'Hawks have played poorly to this point, and that Pittsburgh has taken advantage. But it sure helps to have the officials consistently in your favor.

Bill Leavy, Garth DiFelice, Mark Hittner, Mark Perlman, Steve Zimmer, Tom Hill, Bob Waggoner, and Bob Boylston, you are collectively a disgrace. "It's only a game" shouldn't excuse your awful performance. I salute your incompetence and partisan calls as hallmarks of what is wrong with sport. I do not believe that any foul play was involved here...just incompetence at the highest level.

Cheers, fellas.


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