First, I'm ecstatic.
This has been a LONG time coming in Pittsburgh, and the city is in a freaking frenzy right now. Tons of celebrating obviously, only 8 arrests the news said, and no real rioting or anything but just good heavy celebrating.
The game was a rollercoaster... My stomach's eaten to bits at the moment I think. I gotta get some Pepto.
Seriously though, this was fun, I'm glad it's over, I'm gonna maybe make the rally downtown (or "DahnTahn" as they say here) on Tuesday... I thought the game was really good in a competitive way on both team's parts, but at the same time I thought both teams played below their potential on some levels and at their potential on others. In that way it evened out and that's what made it competitive... Nobody was mistake-free tonight though, and believe me I was Mother F'n the television a number of times.
I'm happy as a clam right now, I'm loving this... The last champion we had was the 92 Penguins team and god knows they're not near that this year. The Pirates have sucked since about the same time too and haven't won a championship in as long or longer than the Steelers. So this was nice... It was also nice that they won again because my dad was a Steel Worker all his life, and a die-hard fan for the Steelers, so I'm glad for him since I know it's a good time for him.
Also the fans in the city are just loving this, it's insane... Plus guys like Myron Cope (Long-time Steelers announcer who just retired due to failing health) has got to be loving this... This is f'n great.
Now we just need to keep the Penguins here.
On the specifics, I'm not going to disagree that officiating in the NFL is sporatic at best Dave, but I do disagree that both plays cited were bad calls.
Jackson pushed off because if you watch his defender's feet, they're both off the ground yet he still moves backwards while leaning towards Jackson... It wasn't a BIG push, but a push nonetheless by my eyes...
On the Roethlisberger run, I thought it was a TD by watching him in the air in slow... The rule is he just has to have the ball on the line in any capacity, not over it, and when he's in the air it looks like it to me, and that he's hit and pushed back away from the line... It was close, but I'm trying to be unbiased in my opinion as hard as that is and I still think it was a TD... That will be examined and re-examined for a long time I think though.
There were holds and stuff on both sides though that were not called or were iffy calls... It wasn't the greatest officiated SB, but the playoffs have been a trainwreck this year with officiating so I'm not surprised, and if anything I think it was better than the Pats got in their loss and the Steelers had with Cincy.
As far as Porter's comments, I'll have to go look back if I can and find the quotes. I don't recall him saying he was gonna hurt people but then again I don't think Porter's shown that he's a "dirty" player either for any quote he made to be considered that way either. If he said, "I'm taking (Seattle Player's Name) knees out, that's it" or some asinine stuff... Yeah, that's dumb, but you also don't go into football saying that you're gonna lay the other team down softly when you takcle them... I think Porter did what he always does, which is talk ****. The irony is POrter wasn't a big issue in the game today. He was part of the D overall but not a shining example by any means... It was all a non-issue and some say around here that it was even perpetuated in an attempt to draw media off Roethlisberger who looked visibly scared prior to the game's start today and who said he has never been so shaken and nervous... Either way it was a very much non-issue anyway.