Posted 18 October 2021 - 11:32 AM
Don't know if any of you watched the stealers v. Seahawks game last night but even if you didn't, I need to vent so I'm going to (note: blueschica, you may want to pass on reading the following because sometimes the truth is ugly and hard to accept)
After a stealer dominated first half, in the 4th quarter, the Seahawks had found their running game and come roaring back to tie the game. Stealers have the ball and Rapistberger (allegedly) drops back to pass, tries to hold on to the ball and it slips out of his hand after a fake throw, a clear fumble which the on field officials rule an incomplete pass. Pretty fishy and Pete Carroll is forced to use a challenge. In the meantime, both Cris Collinsworth, the color commentator and more importantly, Terry McCauley a retired referee in the booth have stated they see it as a no doubt fumble. After at least 5 minutes, the officials finally rule the play correctly (after in my opinion, looking for whatever means they could to uphold their shit incomplete pass call and being unable to do so) and Seattle gets the ball.
On their first play after the change of possession, the Seahawks rip off a 16 yard gain and are in clear scoring position.........but wait, there's a flag and their LG is called for holding. Aw shit. Well, let's look at the replay: sure doesn't look like holding to me. And what does Collinsworth, a former NFL player say? "I don't see holding there." And how about McCauley the former NFL referee? "That's just not holding". The penalty has expected results, it takes Seattle out of scoring position, a sack follows because they're forced into must pass situation and they end up punting and their 2nd half momentum is killed for the most part.
Now if you're not a Seahawks fan, you probably don't much care but if you're a fan of honesty in NFL officiating or a gambler on NFL games, you should care. I believe the officials were instructed by New York to make a holding call to kill Seattle's momentum because I believe the NFL has been for years and continues to the present to do things to help the stealers win football games based on them being a "legacy" franchise and based on Dan Rooney being the true commissioner of the NFL before his death. Some of those things are subtle like I posted about earlier this year with having west coast teams play late Monday night and then have to travel to Pittsburgh to play early on Sunday morning west coast time. Others, like last night or Mike Tomlin literally tripping an opposing team's player on the field of play and receiving nothing more than a slap on the wrist are much more blatant.
Bless Cris Collinsworth's heart because he didn't just roll over and let it go but rather added several comments about the bullshit he saw and even referenced Seattle fans' long time unhappiness over the travesty that was the officiating in Super Bowl XL*.
Go ahead and call me a "sore loser" but I already had no hope for Seattle's season going into the game (with good reason) so a loss doesn't really do anything more than hopefully hasten the departure of Pete Carroll. I really don't care what people think about my stance because I know, I flat out KNOW.