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February 05, 2006
Yes Jemima, the Fix was in...
Filed in: Current Affairs, Sports, Super Bowl XL

Offensive pass interference that wasn't even close to being so...

A touchdown that wasn't a touchdown...

A holding call on a pass completion to the two yard line that wasn't even close to holding...

These are the components of a 14 point swing that makes a Super Bowl score 21-14 Seattle (or at best 21-17) instead of the 21-10 Pittsburgh travesty that it was.

I've watched football for more than 40 years and I've never seen a clearer example of a fixed game - one that should immediately generate a full scale investigation into referee bribery. No breath holding here.

Even the network announcers were amazed that these calls took place.

It's this kind of disgusting scene that denigrates sports and athletic competition and I frankly cannot believe that more is not being made of these terrible calls that affected the outcome of the game. That's not what sports are about. It's one thing to be fairly beaten - another entirely to be robbed in public view. The NFL should be ashamed.

UPDATE: In case you're thinking 'sour grapes', check out these Seattle Times quotes. And friend Hood, though dispassionate about this game, commiserates.

ESPN writer Michael Smith on the Third Team. Skip Bayless on Detroit's crime spree.

Not a single photo of any of the game result changing calls on the NFL site. Not one.

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» Playing with Leg Weights, But A Fair Defeat Regardless from The Write Wing Conspiracy
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I had no preference who won that game at all. None. I had my 5 year old even ask me, "Dad, which team are we going for?" My reply: "It doesn't matter. Just pick a color you like."

That being said, the officating was so biased and unbalanced to Pittsburg favor i actually wondered if the PR people in the NFL sent a memo to the refs telling them that Pittsburg needed to win. Seriously. It was that bad. We have a guy at our church that was a ref for the NFL in the 80's and he and I were watching the game counting uncalled holding penalties. On the touchdown (not quite) run from Rothlesberger, he counted 3. I use that as an example, but it was that way all night.

BTW, the "low block" call on Hassleback had him out of his chair, livid.

I'm sorry, Emerald City, but you guys got screwed.

EMCEE: Rob, thanks for the commiseration. I just want steps to be taken to insure that nothing like this can ever happen again.

Posted by: Rob B. at Feb 6, 2006 9:42:36 AM

I see no one talkes abunt the ferst down seahawks got and the Refs moved the ball back a yard or so and geve them a spot shot of the ferst down and made it 4th down. one more for the Biased Refs.

Posted by: ray rogers at Feb 27, 2006 3:43:47 PM

FIRST of all, who the fuck types ferst????? Thats the kind of people you have, thinking that the game was fixed.

There was only one call that was a bad call and that was the Hasslebeck chop block, that is it.

It kills me, people who say they "watch football, for 40 years" but they don't know basic, VERY basic NFL rules.

Here's a clue, buy an NFL rule book, find someone to read it too you, then make a post.

Posted by: You're fucking stupid at Jul 27, 2006 4:12:23 PM

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