Yeah. It seemed to me that Chris Berman, Micheal Irvin, and the other two guys on the abc team, as well as writers from all over the country are wrong about the officiating. Did you notice they ALL seemed to be in agreement. And they know alot more about football than any of you
Oh yeah, they all have it in for the steelers, right
Numerous bad calls. The "push off" on the Td, was more like a bicth slap
"holding" on the pass to the 2 yrd line.
That ball never crossed the goal line plane. His helmet did, but the ball didnt. Not till after he was down.
Let the plays on the field determine the game. Not the officiating.
Ok now i have to disagree. Ive been watching NFL network, listening to Sirius NFL Radio, and everyone is saying that Ben's TD was a TD. Many are using this analogy, "If there was a piece of glass at the goal line, the tip of the ball would have broken the glass." I myself believe the ball crossed the plane before his foward progress was impeded.
And the pushoff, most are saying that It could have been called because he extended his elbow. I listened to Shannon Sharpe this morning saying all morning that Jackson didnt have to pushoff to make the catch, but he did. And if Shannon Sharpe believes he pushed off, I think ill take his word for it.
The holding calls you speak of, by rule, could have been called, Its just a matter of if the refs call it or not. John Madden has the best quote "You can call holding on any play." He has said it many times, and i believe if you play Madden NFL 06 the video game and get a holding penalty, he will say it.
The only penalty I see as being a gift is the Hasselbeck 15 yrd penalty for blocking low. And Diddy, it was Hartings who got called for the penalty against Indy. He took out the legs of the blocker to make the tackle. Hasselbeck didnt take out Townsend to make the tackle, Townsend had to jump over him and that might be the cause of the penalty, but I dont beleive he took Townsend out of the play enough to make the call.
Im not going to dispute that there werent bad calls, because i believe there was. And i believe some of the holding calls were borderline, but by rule, they could have called it, and they did last night. I believe if Locklear didnt drag Clark Haggans down, Haggans would have gotten a sack, on the one holding call (the pass to the 2 yrd line). And I believe that is the definition of the holding call.