Dolphins Steelers Officiating Fiasco May Have Decided World Champion

27 Jan

Chris Clemons was robbed of the biggest play of his young career on October 24th, when he clearly jarred the ball loose from Ben Roethlisberger at the goal line. The play would not stand due to a disgusting combination of official, replay and rulebook ineptitude. Miami fans gobbled up blood pressure medication for weeks after.
Ultimately the game did not keep our beloved SoFlo Sea Mammals from the playoffs. However, that mess of a finish ended up having a massive impact on the playoffs, and may have handed yet another title to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Without that victory, the Steelers would have finished second to Baltimore in their division, and ended the season with the same record as the Jets. Rex and his foot soldiers beat the Steelers head to head in the regular season, so New York would have been 5th seed, with the black and gold grabbing the very last spot in the playoffs.

A bye for Pittsburgh in round one? Nope. They would have gone to Indy to face Peyton Manning. A home game against the Ravens in the divisional round, with sixty thousand Terrible Towels waving? Nope. Pittsburgh would have gone to Foxboro to face the #1 scoring offense in football. Lastly, if they survived both of those battles, it would be yet another away game, this time against either the Ravens or Jets.

This was the worst officiating flub in Dolphin history, at the very least equal to that infamous snow plow job back in the Reagan years. Extremely unfortunate that this turned out not only to cost one team a well-earned win, but to also wrongly allow Pittsburgh to host its way through the entire AFC playoffs.

There’s still sixty minutes left for lousy officiating, but it’s quite possible that the single bad call that decided this year’s World Champion, was made in week 7.

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose

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6 Responses to “Dolphins Steelers Officiating Fiasco May Have Decided World Champion”

  1. Dan January 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    If you remember….
    Last year against the Saints, we had two aweful calls.
    The first to end the half (NFL created a rule change because of this play)and then the fumble Ginn caused that was never called….
    Saints go on to win the game, and the Superbowl!
    Can we anoint the SB champ two years in a row!!

    • Dan Ewen January 27, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      I think we can, Dan. I think we can.

  2. bond, david bond January 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Miami got robbed. When anyone fumbles before entering the end zone and it is not recovered by the one who fumbled it, then it is automately a touchback. Rothlisburger was no near the recovery. The great injustice was so devastating to the dolphins players, that they never recovered. When the ones in charge show corruption, it destroys the desire to give your all, because your all, even when it is far better than your opponent, may not be enough to win the game, even if you did win the game!

    • Dan Ewen January 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      But the play had already been called a touchdown. You know, by the ref who couldn’t see the ball at all, and was coincidentally from Western Pennsylvania.

      BARF.

  3. Gary January 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    While I agree the Phins got robbed, it’s really a stretch to say that one bad call decided the SB winners. Every team has calls go for them and against them. The Steelers won the games and deserve their SB appearance.

    • Dan Ewen January 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

      Sure Pittsburgh won their games, but they were two home games instead of three on the road. They might have made it to the Super Bowl anyway, but it would have only been the second time a 6th seed has ever done it.

      Has one blown call ever given a Super Bowl team a completely home playoff schedule instead of completely away? It’s kind of crazy to consider, in my humble opinion.

      Thanks for stopping by The Bottlenose.

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