Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins 10/24/10

This one hurt, because it wasn't Pittsburgh or Miami that decided the winner -- but the refs with a notoriously blown call. This clip was during merrier times, when both teams were coming out of the tunnel. It was raining a bit, though it went away before the game actually started.

This could be why the Steelers spent a little extra time under the tunnel, except for Flowzell Adams who trots our into the open rain.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Steelers are the better team. However, Miami had a very good shot at winning this game. If only one of Carpenter's 5 field goals had been a TD. If only the zebras had made the right call with 2:30 left to go in the game, and Roethlisberger's fumble -- clearly recovered by Miami -- was called correctly.

Last year the refs stung Miami in a call that allowed the Saints to score before the half (instead of time expiring as should have been the case). One can always argue that that was the deciding factor in the Saints win, because it gave them momentum, but it's always open for debate.

This one has no debate. It should have been Miami's ball on the 20. Yes, Pittsburgh had 3 timeouts, so Miami would have had to eaten up enough of the clock with a first down. Still, even if Miami would have punted with -- let's say -- a minute and change left, Pittsburgh would still have had to drive down the field to get in field goal range.

You blew this one officials -- and the league has to know it.

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