Are you ready for some football?
Are you ready for a screwjob of epic proportions?
A running joke this season has been the Pittsburgh Steelers having to battle two separate foes each and every Sunday. Most obviously, they had to defeat the team lined up across from them. Then they had to contend with their hidden opponents; the officials. I’ve tried to not subscribe to Pittsburgh Paranoia or whine like a Ratbird fan but it’s nigh impossible to ignore the anti-Steelers bias coming from the NFL this season.
Who can forget the debacle against Oakland where the Black and Gold racked up the most penalty yardage in their eighty year history? Or the Ravens game where Heath Miller was knocked out by an obvious cheapshot shortly after Ben Roethlisberger had his snoot crushed by Haloti Ngata and no flags were thrown on either play? I’m sure Steeler Nation expected the officiating to improve in the playoffs only to see our team penalized nine times for 93 yards last Saturday. Yeah, the zebras missed a couple personal fouls on Ike Taylor and Kemo but they also missed Ed Reed attempting to corkscrew Hines’ head off by the facemask.
Worse, the referees continued their habit of providing no protection to Big Ben. If you watch the Suggs fumble in slo-mo, you’ll notice Ben was hit well above the shoulder pads. As die hard fans will recall, LaMarr Woodley was flagged for a PF when he hit Drew Brees in exactly the same manner. I also counted at least three occasions when dirty Ravens thugs dove in at Ben’s knees, a clear violation of the Brady Rule which prohibits going low on a QB.
Prepare for more of the same on Sunday. If you thought the Ginger Dictator and his striped monkeys were out to get the Steelers before, they’ll kick it up a notch this weekend. Make no mistake, the NFL does not want Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. It would be their worst nightmare.
Starting with Big Ben’s totally unwarranted and unfair suspension, everything the league has done this season has been designed to keep the Black and Gold from reaching the big game. We all know Ginger is a public relations whore who goes to sleep at night thinking of new ways to protect the shield. If you thought the five ninja virgins who picketed Heinz Field when Ben returned was bad, imagine the picketing when he reaches the Super Bowl. Every hairy-armpitted Womyn’s Libber within a hundred miles will be taking time off from watching Oprah and snuggling with their cats to protest.
I fully expect the yellow flags to fly early and often on Sunday. Don’t expect any borderline calls to go our way. And before you say, “Well, we’ve overcome the biased officiating all year. What’s one more game?” allow me to remind you of our first meeting with the New York Jets. Down five with a little less than two minutes left, Emmanuel Sanders blew past the Jets secondary then had his jersey practically torn off his back by the toast corner. No flag.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to that this time.
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