05 February 2006

Superbowl Postgame Quick Hits

I'm still waiting for Ben Roethlisberger to cross the goal line with the football before his knee goes down.

I'm also still waiting for Matt Hasselbeck to cut-block a guy on a tackle.

Why Seattle abandoned the underneath passing game that worked so well in the first half, is beyond me, but then again, Mike Holmgren managed the game so poorly, that their ball control offense didn't matter.

The officiating in this game was about as poor as I've seen in one. The NFL really needs to get rid of this 'all-star crew' and just give the game to the highest rated crew of the regular season.


At 8:43 AM, Blogger Dante said...

The officiating was terrible and that TD was questionable but I doubt it would've made a difference. I knew Seattle lost the game when at halftime Holmgren was still arguing with the refs over the TD. What did he expect to happen? Did he expect the refs to suddenly see the error of their ways and roll the game back to the possibly bad call? Get over it, man! You've held a pretty good offense to 7 points in one half. Maybe if you weren't so caught up on the call you could've helped manage a decent end of the half.

In light of Holmgren being too busy obsessing over the TD to do a proper halftime interview, I'd like to go ahead and throw in an official jackass nomination for the month of Febraury. I know sports picks don't do all that well in the polls, but he definately deserves the nod.

Personally, I was glad to see Pittsburg win (despite my firm belief that Cowher couldn't win this game) for 2 reasons:

1. When I complain about Donnan now, I can throw in a Super Bowl MVP into my rant.

2. I'd like to think that every time Seatlle loses, Bob Christian smiles a little after that dirty, dirty team (quite literally) knocked him into retirement.

That being said, I thought I was watching the Pittsburg implosion after Seattle went ahead 3-0. Pittsburg all but abandoned the run and they started putting 5 and even once 6 guys in to blitz on 3rd downs. Fortunately for them, Seattle didn't bother to pratice special teams in the two weeks they had to prepare and consistently gave Pittsburg the ball at the 20 or better. Did Pittsburg ever start the ball inside their own 20? How many times did Seattle have a chance to pin Pittsburg inside the 5 and honk it?

The biggest thing I saw was the clock strike midnight for Seattle. Their QB turned back into a pumpkin and their caught passes turned back into dropped passes. Their dirty play started getting penalized again and there was no glass pair of cleats to turn them back. Cinderalla Seattle had more than enough defensive prowess and offensive firepower to hanedle Pittsburg. Pumpkin Seattle drops WAY too many passes and gets penalized far too often to be a champion.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Laddi said...

Takes from my couch

1a. Worse than the officiating was the announcing. Horrendous. I hope no kids were watching because there was only ONE play that was effectively announced and it was a punt return by Seattle.

Despite what you heard on TV, the game was over when Rocky Benard pulled his hammy in the 3rd quarter. Wait, you didn't know about this? While the suck duo of M&M were calling the Herndon interception, they missed the second most crucial part of that play. After the most important part (interception), Rocky goes rumbling down the sideline to help block. At around the 50, he makes that unmistakable "I've pulled my hammy" leg grab.

Was this really that important? Yes, because after Seattle scored their TD, Pittsburgh, which was running most of their run plays toward left end/tackle (2 to 1) before the injury, started running to right tackle/end and up the middle afterwards (2 to 1). This isn't a coincidence, folks. The dynamic duo of M&M missed this crucial point of the game. You can't replace a Rocky Benard.

1b. Injuries killed Seattle. Manuel (Safety), Dyson (CB), Benard (DT). Yikes!

2. How about that block Faneca put on DD Lewis (OLB) for Seattle on that Willie Parker run? Oh, M&M missed that, too? What a shame. (Okay, they passively mentioned it during the extra point!)

3. Ward - Aside from that Randle-El pass, those other 4 for 80 were the quietest 80 yards I've ever seen him gather.

4. Jeramy Stevens really showed up. Good job, jackass (btw, he's jumped to my preliminary jackass of the month for February).

5. Dropped passes. That's so the Seahawks.

Two and half weeks to NFL combines!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Dante said...

If you were paying attention, the cameramen actually picked up a little of M&M's slack so we could at least see if not hear what was going on. Good job to the nameless camera crew for at least letting us see the injuries and some decent alternate-angle replays when they weren't forced to pan the camera to every has-been and family member in the stadium. I could feel them screaming at Madden and Michaels the entire game.

It's funny you should mention Bernard in particular because I was looking at him on camera when my wife had apparently missed something and asked me what Madden just said. I told her, "I don't know. I don't actually listen to Madden." It was the truth.

And people wonder why ABC is having to pawn off a once staple of NFL football to their cable channel. ABC is the ONLY station to have steadily decreasing ratings on NFL events (this Super Bowl included) over the past 5 years. To be fair though, there was a reasonably popular AFC team playing a small market NFC team that most NFC fans really haven't accepted into the NFC fold yet. It might as well have been an AFL Championship game for a lot of us. (Yes, I realize that the Seahawks are a post-merger team.)

At 11:26 AM, Blogger S.A.W.B. said...

Madden did have some actual insight in the first quarter. He did mention that Seattle hasn't run a play from the shotgun all year, and that in 3rd and long situations, they run either an I or an offset-I. He also had some insight into a little bit of offensive line play in the 1st quarter, but it was abandoned by the 2nd quarter, because M&M felt the need to liven up a 3-0 game with their endless inanities.

And yes, I saw Rocky Bernard pull up lame on that interception return. Never heard it mentioned anywhere though.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Patrick Armstrong said...

Looks like noone thought this was a good Super Bowl.

But here's some good quotes from McEntegart at CNN/SI:

"I have never experienced a more effective full-court charm offensive than I did this week in Detroit. It seemed as if the region had been waiting years for this week as its best chance to reverse decades of bad press. From the legions of official volunteers to cab drivers to hotel clerks to room service waiters to people on the street, everyone went out of their way to make sure visitors -- and especially the media -- enjoyed themselves. One had to respect the effort."


"Two people who have received keys to the city of Detroit: Jerome Bettis and Saddam Hussein. Saddam received his in 1980, Bettis on last Tuesday. Cracked Bettis, "They changed the locks on that one." One different between the two, however, is that Bettis ended his career on his own terms."


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