February 07, 2006

Seahawks 10, Referees 21

This article by Kevin Hench pretty much sums up the feelings of many people in Seattle about Sunday's Superbowl game.

I've been shrieking hysterically about the terrible officiating in the NFL and warning that some day the brutal calls were going to affect the outcome of the Super Bowl.

That some day was Sunday.

Every single questionable, marginal or outright bad call went against the Seahawks.

[ Kevin Hench / FOXSports.com - Refs were far from Super in this one ]

There is a little consolation for the SeaHawks in this analysis of the game:

In case the football fans of the Pacific Northwest aren't sick enough in the aftermath of the big game, they may want to know that no Super Bowl loser has ever dominated a title game like the Seahawks did on Sunday.

I was so sure that Seattle's edge in total yards, time of possession and takeaways in a losing effort was unprecedented that I scoured all 39 previous Super Bowl box scores to prove it. Yep, just as I suspected, no losing team had ever matched the Seahawks' trifecta. Quite a few teams had won the time of possession battle and lost. A handful had put up more total yards and lost. And a couple had even won the turnover battle and lost. But no team had ever done all three and come away with an L.

Not until Sunday. Not until the Seahawks outplayed the Steelers on the vast majority of plays and still lost, thanks largely to two dubious penalty calls that cost Seattle a TD and a first-and-goal at the 1.

This was a historic, first-of-its-kind Super Bowl loss. I don't want to take anything away from the Steelers, except, of course, the Lombardi Trophy.

[ Kevin Hench / FOXSports.com - Seahawks won everything but the game ]

Without the "help" of the referees, the Steelers would have been 10-0 down at half time instead of 7-3 up, and I think the rest of the game would have turned out very differently. The repeated and overwhelming number of bad calls from the Refs ultimately sapped all the SeaHawks energy and momentum and gave the win to the Steelers.

This situation is a strange echo of my earlier post:

Question: How do you win againsts a 12-man football team?
Answer: You dont!

In the Steelers case, their 12th Man was wearing black and white stripes!

As soccer fans in the UK would say: "We were robbed!"

Entry categories: SeaHawks
Posted by Jorgen Thelin at February 7, 2006 08:00 AM - [PermaLink]
I'd say ( or would hope) that most Seattle fans were more magnanimous in defeat than yourself and kevin. Posted by: brian on February 8, 2006 09:48 AM