Damn I'm good... and if the referees had been too the score would have been
17-14 in favor of the Seahawks. 2005 has to be one of the worst years for
blown calls I can recall, SB-XL was no different. Then again the referees
didn't miss two field goals either - so congrats to the Steeler fans... and
my point spread. ;-)
So how are the builds coming - and the Merlot... hiccup...
P.S. Paul Giamatti and Merlots, permanently linked in my mind thanks to the
A second replay or something for those - like me - who didn't catch the
That's hardly proof that he knew he didn't make it.
Rather, I'd think, "At a minimum. . ."
Not at all. I just mention it as a counter to those - like Tontoni - who
throw "fix" about so freely. If they wanted to make the fix more plausible
they would've let the Steelers score on their first drive.
No, but again, if a fix was wanted, why not use something like this?
I won't argue Madden or Young. . .
What was Madden's or Young's summation of the game as a whole? Was it ". .
.a good team can overcome one or two bad
calls but there were just too many in this game for the Seahawks to
overcome" or was it "a good team can overcome one or two failures to produce
but there were just too many in this game for the Seahawks to overcome"?
If not a "fix", what else would you call it when the referees were
obviously biased heavily against the seahawks? That was really about par
with WWF, or whatever they call professional wrestling now. Had the refs
done their jobs, I think the score would have been 24-0 Seattle at half
time and people would have turned off their sets; everyone says they
hate a superbowl blow-out, so the refs got creative.
HOWEVER... although the officials did everything they could to keep the
steelers in the game during the first half (it took well into the second
quarter for the steelers to get a first down at all!), the seahawks blew
many opportunities to beat the steelers AND the officials at the same
You could sense the seattle defense soften in the second quarter; they
were playing very tentatively and were shaken. Holmgren should have
gotten them fired up for the third quarter --- what I expected --- but
the seahawks never got back the momentum with which they began the game.
People here in Seattle are saying 'what until next year', but I'm
thinking this is like wrestling... why bother. Like my dad used to say,
TV spoiled wrestling, which was a sport before it was entertainment. For
TV, they came up with the characters, evil and good etc, and they
scripted it. I wonder if TV has destroyed football the same way. Call it
sour grapes if you like, but it seems that if this is how football will
be played from now on, stick a fork in it. It's finished.
Actually, Madden made his comments during the replay, on slow-motion no
less. He summed it up by saying that he did not see any holding on the
play. I looked at it again on TiVo both full speed and slow and his
arms were inside. If anything, the guy he was blocking had jumped
How about Ben saying on Letterman that he didn't make it? Or the ref
running out with one arm up until he was close (after Roethlisberger
moved the ball across) then switching to the touchdown signal?
Okay. But considering three failed attempts plus end of the half, a
tying score, and a conservative coach? Odds are they would have gone
with the field goal. Any coach would agree it would be the right call.
I never said there was a "fix". I said the referees stunk. And as
poorly as the Steelers were playing in the first half, I don't know if
the refs could have "fixed" it for them. Especially not on their first
drive. Or their second. Or their third, etc. They were three-and-out
As I said, I don't think there was a "fix". If there was a "fix", then
they would have used it. I'm not sure if this call was reviewable
anyways but I was surprised that they made it in the first place. I've
seen plenty of true helmet contact over the season that didn't even
warrant a second look by the refs.
If there was any pre-planning by the refs, I don't think it was to
"fix" the game for the Steelers but perhaps to just over-call
everything. But I'm not sure if that was the problem or just that the
refs stunk even more than in the conference championship round of the
playoffs. But either way, I don't see how anyone can objectively say
that the referees didn't have a major influence on the outcome of Super
I don't recall Madden or Young saying anything in regards to either. I
do remember both Young and Irvin making comments about the Jackson
touchdown in the post-game -- basically, to the effect that it should
have been a touchdown.
In the last week, I've seen every excuse in the book as to why the
referees were fair. And the NFL won't admit that there is a problem.
Say what you will about the rulebook or what-ever, but the perception
across the country (not just in Seattle) is that the officials greatly
changed the outcome of the game. If the NFL were smart, they would
realize they have a problem at least with fan perception of their
Again, I doubt there was a "fix". I don't see how it would be possible
to keep a scandal that big under wraps, anyways. But it doesn't really
matter if there wasn't as much as it matters that a heckuva lot of
people think there was. The game is all about getting people to watch
and they won't if they think it's predetermined. I have watched every
Super Bowl since IV but after the lousy playoffs and especially this
lousy Super Bowl, I'm starting to wonder if I will make time to watch
next year. I usually have to take time off from work to watch the
Super Bowl and I just don't know if it's worth it anymore.
No, I've scaled it out. This the first issue from the late 1950s or
early 1960s, no decals. Go to Yahoo BoxArt to check out the, well the
Box Art. Green Background. I'm told that the later boxart (black border
that included decals) was 1:48, but I can't verify that.
The Merlot is fine BTW. 8-P
If you send an e-mail to Chris Bryan at Box Art (you know him from
Scale Modeling Nostalgia, I think), he has a copy of the instructions
that I sent him for the group, as well as the box art. He can verify
what I'm telling you.
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