There's no crying in Baseball!
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Steelers lost. Got it. Accept it. They played too confident. Had their head up their butts and half their starters on the sideline most of the game. Got it.

But still, where in the hell were the referees that was supposed to be watching each receiver. They seemed to be present with all the yellow they gave Ike Taylor, (who by the way could not cover a kitchen table with two tablecloths and a roll of plastic), however, where were they when DJ Williams hit Cotchery helmet to helmet?

No flag, hell not even a mention of illegal hit. Cotch bounced straight up and went to the huddle but still the hit was a direct violation of what the NFL has so mightily busted Harrison for all year.

There are no highlight reels available for me to post or I would, but I know I was not DREAMING when Williams dropped his head and hit Crotchery helmet to helmet on a tackle mid 2nd quarter (not 100% on game time).

Later, he hit Johnson on a crossing route, and even tho it WAS NOT helmet to helmet it still violated the intent of the "unprotected receiver" rule. Still, no flag or penalty and even today no mention of either hit.

Anyone that recorded the game last night, if you can go back and find the clip I would appreciate it even tho I know the NFL will do everything in its power to not let it get posted to Youtube.

Just because everyone was caught up in the Tebow hype last night way too many other things went flagrantly aside.

And it was not just, bad calls going the wrong way. At least twice I noticed uncalled Face Mask penalties against that should have went AGAINST the Steelers.

The backwards pass from Ben to Wallace was totally blown.

So all in all, I was disgusted by the entire game's officiating. For a playoff game it was horrendous to say the least.

But the bottom line is equality on the illegal hits that SHOULD have drawn fines from the league and NOT ONE SINGLE FRIGGING word about them have been mentioned.

Totally BS.

 

January 10, 2012  06:44 AM ET

It's a one-way street when so-called "illegal hits" occur in a Steeler game. As you say and as has been said many times before, when James Harrison and crew do anything remotely illegal, it's automatcally a penalty and usually some kind of fine. It would be nice if things were just a little more balanced when calling these types of penalties. Thanks for nothing refs! Happy freaking playoffs everybody...

January 10, 2012  09:21 AM ET

There were screw jobs on both sides, and about in equal number too. It wasn't a very good officiated game, but it was a fair officiated game.

January 10, 2012  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

There were screw jobs on both sides, and about in equal number too. It wasn't a very good officiated game, but it was a fair officiated game.

Two or more wrongs DON"T make it right!

January 10, 2012  11:38 AM ET

Or maybe I should say...blown calls on both teams don't make it right or fair to either team.

January 10, 2012  11:45 AM ET

If any team was more screwed over than the other, it was the Broncos. The backwards pass ruled incomplete, that would have given Denver the ball in the red zone, instead it leads to a TD drive by Pittsburgh. Game probably never goes to OT if not for that blown call.

January 10, 2012  12:03 PM ET

Not to mention the uncalled facemasks the Steeler D was handing out like candy. Crappy officiating.

January 10, 2012  12:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If any team was more screwed over than the other, it was the Broncos. The backwards pass ruled incomplete, that would have given Denver the ball in the red zone, instead it leads to a TD drive by Pittsburgh. Game probably never goes to OT if not for that blown call.

I'm just sayin' 'fairly officiated' isn't the right word to use for how that game was officiated. 'POORLY' is a much better word to use here.

January 10, 2012  01:01 PM ET

And again guys, I agree it was a pisspoor officiated game. The backwards pass bs, the facemasks were bs BUT, what I am saying is the two hits by DJ Williams, one on Cotchery and the other on Johnson should have drawn flags OR at the least league fines. And yet, not a single frigging word one on either.

January 10, 2012  01:36 PM ET

Now you know how Seahawks fans feel :p

jk, but yes, the officiating was pretty bad for both teams.

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January 10, 2012  02:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If the hit on Cotchery that you speak of is the one I remember, Williams was going in for the hit and Cotchery slipped, causing his body to drop down much further than it should have, causing the helmet to helmet hit.

That hasn't saved Harrision in the past and what has HeeHaw so riled up today! :^)

January 10, 2012  03:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If the hit on Cotchery that you speak of is the one I remember, Williams was going in for the hit and Cotchery slipped, causing his body to drop down much further than it should have, causing the helmet to helmet hit.

That hasn't saved Harrision in the past and what has HeeHaw so riled up today! :^)

January 10, 2012  03:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That hasn't saved Harrision in the past and what has HeeHaw so riled up today! :^)

The fact that since Cocthery came out of the play unharmed and raced back to the huddle, that hit will go unnoticed and unpunished. It could have just as easily been a devasting hit that put him on the sideline and only then, would it have mattered.

I HATE the double standards to which any organization enforces rules. IF you are going to fine Harrison, Lewis, Merriweather, Clark and others for brutal hits due to "helmet to helmet" then BY GOD fine everyone, everytime....

January 10, 2012  03:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

If the hit on Cotchery that you speak of is the one I remember, Williams was going in for the hit and Cotchery slipped, causing his body to drop down much further than it should have, causing the helmet to helmet hit.

And again, by rule, IF you lead with the helmet and it causes helmet to helmet, IT DOES NOT MATTER, it is a violation.

January 10, 2012  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

The fact that since Cocthery came out of the play unharmed and raced back to the huddle, that hit will go unnoticed and unpunished. It could have just as easily been a devasting hit that put him on the sideline and only then, would it have mattered. I HATE the double standards to which any organization enforces rules. IF you are going to fine Harrison, Lewis, Merriweather, Clark and others for brutal hits due to "helmet to helmet" then BY GOD fine everyone, everytime....

I AGREE!

January 10, 2012  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And again, by rule, IF you lead with the helmet and it causes helmet to helmet, IT DOES NOT MATTER, it is a violation.

I AGREE with this TOO!

January 10, 2012  04:46 PM ET

I was dvr'ing the game (deleted it after though) but I rewound and it was DEFINITELY a helmet to helmet hit. Just like the pass ben threw went backwards. Horrible officiating. I also hear there's a picture floating around showing the line up of the denver players on the last play of the game had to few players on the line of scrimmage. If true the play should have never gone off.....

January 11, 2012  03:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Now you know how Seahawks fans feel :pjk, but yes, the officiating was pretty bad for both teams.

he he

January 11, 2012  07:12 AM ET

The worst call of the game may have been the backwards screen pass recovered by Denver in the Steeler's red zone - yet ruled a nonreviewable incompletion.

 
January 11, 2012  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

The worst call of the game may have been the backwards screen pass recovered by Denver in the Steeler's red zone - yet ruled a nonreviewable incompletion.

I had already gotten up and went to the crapper knowing that when I returned it would be Denver's ball. They definitely got screwed on that one. I am a Steelers fan but I am glad to see at least that stupid **** call did not cost the Broncos the game.

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