02 February, 2009

CSI Super Bowl?

When the Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl title there was a tsunami of bitching and moaning from the Seattle faithful, including their coach. Remember? It was cool to receive a picture via email of a bottle of Seattle Seahawks Whine (note the spelling), which was made from sour grapes. Last night, bloggers, who did not like the fact that the Steelers won their sixth title, started the same kind of bitching and moaning. "The refs were paid to make sure Pittsburgh won." Nonsense like that. If you were inclined to take a payoff, I doubt that you would pick the highest profile sporting event in the world to do it. Deliberately cheat in front of a billion witnesses? I don't think so.

Now that we have reviews after every critical play I fear that this could be carried into absurdity, with the help of technology, of course. Will there one day be sensors planted in the shoes of tight ends and wide receivers, so we can tell if they touch both feet in bounds when they catch a sideline pass? I certainly hope not. Picture a full blown CSI investigation after every play! Like I said, things could reach the point of absurdity. (Here's where I like to make my persistent anti-technology pledge. That is, if everyone agrees to throw their computer off a cliff, I'll chuck mine first. Yes, I believe we were happier when we just had mothers and not motherboards. Oh yeah, and man WILL destroy himself with technology, even if it's a thousand years from now. Thus concludes my Gloomy Gus Report for today.).

Back to THE GAME. I think Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger should have shared the MVP award, with James Harrison a close runner-up, although Harrison getting that unnecessary roughness penalty late in the game wasn't at all smart. It was probably payback, but he could have stalked the guy later and punched him out, instead of costing his team a penalty.

Terry Bradshaw never set the world on fire with dazzling statistics, but he was the glue that held the offensive machine together in the playoffs. Not dazzling in the playoffs either—just enough to win. Roethlisberger is like that. He doesn't wilt under pressure; he gets stronger. Let's hope Big Ben gets four rings like Terry did...or more.

Here we go Steelers... here we go!

~PITTSBURGH starts with PITT!~

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