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aquaman
17:38:33 Tue
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Steelers win despite flawed officiating.

I couldn't let this pass without commenting. The Pittsburgh Steelers almost ended up in the same boat as the New York Giants of a couple of years ago when the officials on the field blew a call and cost the team a playoff game. In the case of the Giants it was the only time the NFL has come out and publicly announced that the crew got the call wrong when they should have called pass interference with only seconds left to play but instead of being able to kick a last second field goal the G-men ended up losing to San Francisco 39-38.
This weekend the officiating was particularly bad, with the worst call of all coming on a play that should have effectively ended the game with 5:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Steelers leading by 11 at 21-10. Instead of ruling that Troy Ploamalu had intercepted and then fumbled the ball as he tried to regain his feet, the referee went back under the hood and took a look on a review and came to the conclusion that when he did try to get back to his feet and his left knee came up and jarred the ball out that he was down and never had true possession of the ball. Anyone who saw the play, players, coaches and gametime announcers knew it was a clean pick and I think all were stunned when the ref came back with his decision and overruled the catch. What was this man thinking? If a member of the Colts had come by and put his hand on Polamalu's back when he was rolling on the groud with ball in hand they would have marked him down and given the Steelers the ball there. So what made any difference that his own knee knocked the ball out? Nothing. Nothing except maybe Steeler linebacker Joey Porter was right and the officials and the league did want Indy to win for some reason.
The NFL has come out and apologized once again, only the second time in history, and everything is supposed to be hunky-dory again. What would have happened if the Colts had tied the score on the final drive, or taken the lead and won in regulation or won in ovetime though? An "Oops, we're sorry," from the league is little consolation to the players who went out there and won the game fair and square. Something has to be done and if it isn't you can bet it will hurt the integrity of the game.

  
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Aquaman..it truly was a bad call. Everyone could see he made the interception. I dont think the refs wanted the Colts to win particularly. And if Bettis wouldnt have fumbled the ball at the end, the spread would have been bigger and a field goal wouldnt have made a difference.

  
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Nice to see ya around Aquaman, every game has some controversy....the Bucaneers lost on an end zone catch 10 days ago.

Of course the Steelers will be slaughtered by the Broncos this weekend.

Denver is nearly impossible to beat at home (the Patriots found out last weekend), and the Steelers have very few tools to make it even close.

  
aquaman
13:24:02 Wed
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ken, good to see you too. I'm just wondering why you think Denver will defeat Pittsburgh this week when just about everyone in the country thinks the Steelers are on a roll and will bulldoze the Broncos. I can''t think of a more compelling reason for the Steelers to come out and win this weekend than giving their captain Jerome Bettis a chance to play in teh Super Bowl in his hometown in what will probably be his last professional game with a chance to carry off the Lombardi Trophy. The fact that they lost last year's AFC Championship game with a rookie quarterback will be fresh in their minds and losing again will not be an option for them. If they can beat Indy in the RCA Dome they can beat anyone anywhere. Roethlisberger proved last weekend with his tackle to save the game that he is willing to do anything to win and I can't think of a better 2nd-year QB ever.
As for Bettis fumbling last week, it never should have come down to that since the refs blew the Polamalu call and also tried to hand Indy a win with the bogus non-call of a penalty for offsides when it was fourth and one. The flag was thrown and the defense had crossed into the neutral zone and touched the Pittsburgh offensive line but the referee picked up the flag and said "no penalty on the play." But as far as I know once a defensive player makes contact a penalty has to be called for a false start or encroachment but no call was ever made. Just one more demonstrable instance that the refs really did want to hand the game to Indy.

  
kenwto
19:42:13 Wed
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Quote: aquaman at 13:24:02 Wed Jan 18 2006



I'm just wondering why you think Denver will defeat Pittsburgh this week when just about everyone in the country thinks the Steelers are on a roll and will bulldoze the Broncos.

If they can beat Indy in the RCA Dome they can beat anyone anywhere.


"Everyone?" ROFLOL...check the odds at MSNBC NFL front page; they have the Broncos favored to win by 3 to 3.5 points. I think you need a reality check.

Besides, the Broncos almost always win in Denver.

Gee, the San Diego Chargers beat the Colts in the RCA Superdome just a few weeks ago.

Does that mean the team that could not get into the playoffs can "beat anyone anywhere?"

Don't think so.

  
aquaman
02:14:10 Mon
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"check the odds at MSNBC NFL front page; they have the Broncos favored to win by 3 to 3.5 points. I think you need a reality check.

Besides, the Broncos almost always win in Denver."

Don't you hate when your quotes come back to bite you on the ass ken??

I was purposefully low-key this week since last year I was just the opposite and the Steelers ended up losing. That's why I let this comment slide and didn't respond. Now I'll just let the results speak for themselves.

Ken, as an experienced gambler that I know that you are, a 3 point spread for a home team is just about a slap in the face and I can't believe you jumped on that. As for a reality check, maybe your own might need a tweak, Pittsburgh just beat the #3, #1, and #2 seeds to get to the Super Bowl. You think getting Jerome Bettis a ring in his hometown might have something to do with their motivation?

As for anyone beating anyone anywhere it can happen, San Diego also beat the Patriots in Foxboro, but the Steelers beat the Chargers. So in the end, if you ask me, the best team won and is now heading to Motown to play the big game. And let's see what the oddsmakers put the line on this matchup.

  
kenwto
21:37:11 Mon
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Don't you hate when your quotes come back to bite you on the ass ken?


I just knew that you would be gloating Monday for the city you don't live in nor have ever lived, or the region of Pennsylvania you never lived in (I assume you never lived in PA).

Very puzzling.

At least I have some relationship to the four NFL teams I consider my favorites: Philadelphia Eagles (kid in northern NJ), Tennessee Titans (was Houston Oilers in 1974-1975 when I lived there), San Diego Chargers (lived there 1975-1995 except for the 4 years in L.A. in early 1980's), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (80 miles southwest of where I now live).

On officiating, the NFL said earlier this week, despite all the whining by Cowher and other Steeler partisans, it's been fine.

Near the start of Sunday's game on an obvious Steeler fumble (both CBS commentators Jim Nantz and Phil Simms both thought it was a fumble) it was reversed, IMHO because Cowher's constant, repetitive whining wore down the officials who caved to the Steelers' bullying and whining.

Later a Rothlisberger fumble is ruled an incomplete pass.

I'm just hoping the officials/referees at the SuperBowl are not bullied by the incessant/repetitive Cowher whining.
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aquaman
19:05:17 Wed
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ken, no one is whining more than you. You must have lost alot of money on Pittsburgh winning for you to be crying so hard. As for four favorite teams, what's that? You need to have four favorite teams so when three of them have a bad year you can jump on a bandwagon and root for the one having a good year? Oh, sorry, all four of your teams were losers this year. As for constant, repetitive whining I'll defer to you, it seems you know alot more about it than I do.

  
kenwto
20:02:03 Wed
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Quote: aquaman at 19:05:17 Wed Jan 25 2006

ken, no one is whining more than you. You must have lost alot of money on Pittsburgh winning for you to be crying so hard.


Who started this thread whining incessantly for the "poor persecuted Steelers?" Duh! "The whole world is out to get my Steelers....even though I never lived there." You did!

I'm so sorry that I can't choose between my four favorite NFL teams/cities that I lived in or near.

At least I'm not going four states away from where I live to find my favorite. LOLOLOL

And "hating" the NFL team right next door. How sick is that?

I've never gambled on any sporting event, so your presumption is, as usual, wrong.

Only on stocks such as Dell during the 1990's (up on average 252% a year, and Google up 395% from August 2004 to January 2005!

Seems to me that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFC south. What did the Steelers win?

Still waiting. Nothing!

They only got into the playoffs as a fluke and most definitely do not belong in the SuperBowl.

  
aquaman
17:43:38 Fri
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Ken, this post wasn't started as a whine, but it sure has exposed you as a bitter, impotent old man whose only real accomplishment is investing in Dell and Google. If you need to vent your rage on someone I'm glad it can be me but what I'd truly like to see is you say to my face one tenth of what you've posted on this board. No need to reply to this post, I won't be returning to the board or to the chatroom. Just one last observation. In my absence this Locker Room board has truly wained, and it's not because of Otis, it's because guys like you are just too busy trying to validate yourself by putting down others. You can say what you want about me but after I lost my best friend I changed my life and did so definitely for the better. You on the other hand have only gotten older, meaner and definitely more frustrated. And don't point out the fact that I dislike a local team, since you, a longtime Republican, campaigned against GW Bush and did so with a ferocity I've never seen before. You keep making your millions by investing in Googles and Dells, and I'll keep doing what I'm doing and we'll see who ends up happier and more fulfilled and who ends up dead from a heart attack or an aneurysm. Have a good life, as much as that's possible for someone like you and you can explain to everyone why they'll never see me on this board or in the chatroom ever again.
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23:57:31 Fri
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Alright boys... Because you are both making such a fuss... I'm going to pick the Steelers...
I'll leave points to make my pick official later.

  
kenwto
17:26:22 Sat
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Quote: aquaman at 17:43:38 Fri Jan 27 2006

Ken, this post wasn't started as a whine, but it sure has exposed you as a bitter, impotent old man

You on the other hand have only gotten older, meaner

And don't point out the fact that I dislike a local team, since you, a longtime Republican, campaigned against GW Bush and did so with a ferocity I've never seen before.

we'll see who ends up happier and more fulfilled and who ends up dead from a heart attack or an aneurysm.


Wow! Aquaman making lengthy serial personal attacks! Not happy with just one, but he's throwin' them out there and then even lyin' repetitively:I never campaigned against Bush, nor did I ever say I did so!

I voted against the guy, so what?

You have evolved these last two years as an incredible curmudgeon who is seeking a fight with anyone who doesn't kneel at the feet of his all-powerful/all-wonderful Steelers, a team that is not only 4 states away from him, but a team which is located in a city/region he has never lived in. LOLOL

Yes, it was you in chat last week who said you "hated the New England Patriots"....wonder what your new England neighbors think of that?

To be so anti-one's home team reflects a serious mental disease.

It would be unthinkable and inconceivable for Otis or CC to hate the Chargers, Genie to hate the Panthers, or Fido to hate the Packers....LOLOLOL, to actually hate the team representing your city or region is obviously evidence of mental illness.
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Steelers 27
Seahawks 21

48 pts. total

  

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