NFL Refs Admit, “Steelers Got Hosed”

Thanks for nothing, asshole.

Yesterday, at the NFL’s annual Spring Owners Meeting/Wet T-shirt contest down in sunny Palm Beach, the NFL’s head of officiating, Mike Pereira, conceded that, yes, perhaps there was a wee bit of holding on the play that ended the Steelers season in heart breaking fashion. Gee, ya think? Considering Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback David Garrard has the fleet-footed nimbleness of a rampaging bull elephant, I’m shocked to find out his Kordell-esque escape was aided and abetted by shenanigans along the offensive line.

So thanks, Captain Obvious. Thanks for acknowledging what everyone but the guys on the field standing FOUR FEET AWAY from the action saw. I understand professional football is a game of furious action and calls get missed so maybe nobody saw the one hold. Or the second hold. But, really, shouldn’t somebody have seen the third one? How many mulligans were they allowed on that play? Just give me an over/under here.

And while you’re in an apologetic mood, you should also admit they blew about 27 other holding calls as linebacker James Harrison had Jaguar players hanging around his neck and dragging him down like they were married all game. But thanks for the apology, Mike. I always enjoy hearing refs say three months after the fact, “Hey, we blew the call on the play which kiboshed all your playoff hopes and all your playoff dreams. Our bad.”

You know, is it just me or do the NFL refs apologize to us for blown calls an awful lot? I remember they apologized during the Super Bowl run when they blew the call on the Polamalu-intereption-that-wasn’t in the Indy game. They apologized for that stupid motion penalty that cost us the Atlanta game during Bill Cowher’s last season. Every year it seems like they’re apologizing.

Which is odd because if you ever peruse general football forums, there is a crazy perception that the refs always favor the Steelers. This asinine theory seemed to pick up steam after Super Bowl XXL when sad-sack Seattle fans couldn’t come to grips with the fact their team lost. Now, over two years later, the Seapigeon faithful continue to favor us with their bird droppings of “wisdom” by pounding their hairless, sunken, Emo chests and crying about the way they were screwed in the big game. They even resorted to spitting in the food of people who dared to wear Steeler jerseys, as if it’s a crime for wanting to associate oneself with a winner.

Of course, the fact that if the Pigeons were really the uncrowned champs, why didn’t they, oh say, accomplish something in the playoffs the last two years seems to escape their caffeine-addled brains. But by all means, continue to bitch and moan about a couple questionable calls like your team is the only one that’s ever had some bad officiating go against you. And by all means, continue to spread the misconception that the Steelers are the NFL’s chosen ones, mysteriously given the benefit of questionable calls or disputed penalties because the league “wants Pittsburgh to win.”

We don’t mind. Really we don’t. Because unlike your lone brush with greatness, those of us here in Steeler Nation are secure enough to know if we lost an important game, we’ll win another. If we get hosed in the playoffs, we’ll try again next year. If we blow a Super Bowl, we’ll eventually win another. Hell, we’ve even forgiven Phil Luckett.

 

 

Mostly.

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  • http://www.dukescourt.blogspot.com/ The Duke from Dukes Court

    The best botched Steelers call was the too many men on the field penelty when in fact we had the right amount of players on the field.  We all remember how Cowher reacted to that one.

  • JC

    "Of course, the fact that if the Pigeons were really the uncrowned champs, why didn’t they, oh say, accomplish something in the playoffs the last two years seems to escape their caffeine-addled brains."For the record, the Steelers WERE the crowned champs and have less playoff wins in the past 2 years than the "Pigeons". Not a Seattle fan, just sayin’…

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian – Inside the Iggles

    I don’t see what you are talking about. I watched the video 5 times, and I don’t see any blatant holding. The only thing that even looks close is the Jags RG takes somebody down. It’s hard to tell if that guy was flopping or not because this video quality is not the greatest.Then I see Garrard juka a safety, and pick up 20 more yards. I would be more mad at # 23 more than the refs.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com/ Chris

    Then why did the refs concede they blew the call if there was no call to blow?  Just to make the Steelers feel better?  Because they’re nice guys?  

    Perhaps you should watch the video a 6th time, but this time with your eyes open.  Pause it at 53 sec.   Note the right tackle is holding the shoulder pads, an obvious call.   The running back is also dragging his man to the ground in what appears to be dubious fashion but I concede that’s iffy.  

    Then advance to 51/50 sec.   The RG has his hands on the shoulders turning the LB (obvious telltale sign of holding) while the center also looks to be using a handful of jersey to drag down his man.

    Hey, goody for the Pigeons having more playoff wins the last 2 years than we do (as meaningless as that is) but the main point here is we are victimized by bad officiating just like everybody else.   And I guarantee nobody at Primanti’s would spit in the sandwich of a guy wearing a Jags jersey over it.

  • JC

    If it’s such a meaningless statistic, why did you mention it in the post, as if it proves that the Seahawks are an inferior team?

  • http://nicepickcowher.com/ Chris

    My mistake.  I thought it was understood that "accomplish something" meant get to and/or win the Super Bowl.  Winning a Wild Card game and then getting bounced out of the playoffs the next week hardly qualifies as an accomplishment.  I will try to be clearer in the future.

  • Jeff

    I don’t see what you are talking about. I watched the video 5 times, and I don’t see any blatant holding. The only thing that even looks close is the Jags RG takes somebody down. It’s hard to tell if that guy was flopping or not because this video quality is not the greatest.Do you know what a hold is? Watch the Jaguars LT blocking holding James Harrison preventing him from getting into the very hole that Garrard ran through. Even if Harrison doesn’t make that tackle without the hold (which, given his track record, he’d have made the tackle), the Jags are at least looking at 4th and 12 with the penalty called, and their offense had been anemic the entire second half.The loss can’t be put on the refs shoulders, Carter missing the tackle at the 30, calling a run play on 3rd and long when a first down was needed to clinch the game, and three interceptions in one quarter are much more the reason than the refs. That non-call certainly contributed though, and it’s pretty obvious that it was the wrong call.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian – Inside the Iggles

    Yous are just a bunch of cry babies. I watched the game, and the Jaguars where the better team. There might have been holding on the RG, but it was nothing blatant. The defender could have flopped to make it appear like he was held.Besides The Seahawks should probably get an apology letter for getting robbed of the Super Bowl.

  • NFLfan

    It’s not like that play mattered, it just sealed a game the Jags were gonna win anyway. Boo fucking hoo. You milltown shitsnackers were spotted a FREE SUPERBOWL WIN largely due to biased and incompetent officiating. You don’t deserve to complain about the referrees ever again. Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it? Have fun being the next Dallas Cowboys and not win another playoff game for a decade or two.

  • http://nicepickcowher.com/ Chris

    And how many Lombardi Trophies do the Jacksonville Jagoffs have, pray tell?   Oh, right…  None.  But hey, you just signed that awesome David Garrard to a $70 million contract so I’m sure one will be coming your way soon.  I mean, how can you be denied what with a quarterback who can barely break 100 yards passing in any given game?

  • NFLfan

    No. I’m not a Jaguars fan. Way to make baseless assumptions. But anyone with sound intelligence knows the Jaguars were owning you guys the entire game and that late rally comeback was just humoring them. Blame your safety or linebacker or whoever that was for not being able to make a hard hit and possibly stripping the ball, not the refs, especially since your team gets the most favors, bar none. Everyone knows the Seahawks were the real winners of that Super Bowl, btw.