So… Was it a Fumble?

Monday, February 2, AD 2009

I enjoyed watching Super Bowl XLIII for the most part.  As a football fan, I tend to favor teams with quarterbacks that I like, and I like Big Ben, so I was more or less routing for the Steelers to win.  However, for the drama and story, I was also routing for Arizona, who was making its first appearance at the Super Bowl.  All in all, I was looking for a clean, exciting game.

To some extent, I got that.  Things were a little dull in the first quarter as Pittsburgh dominated, but the Cardinals got their game together to engineer a touchdown drive to make it 10 – 7, and to also shut down the Pittsburgh offense twice, the second time with an interception that seemed to guarantee at least a halftime tie.  But then Harrison managed a goal line interception when it seemed Arizona was going in for the touchdown, and he took the ball 100 yards (with time expiring) to put the Steelers up 17-7 at half.

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19 Responses to So… Was it a Fumble?

  • Yes, it was a fumble.

    In the booth, they made it sound like it was reviewed, though it didn’t seem that way. If not, it should have been, but it was most definitely a fumble.

  • It was definitely a fumble.

    And Big Ben showed nerves of steel during that glorious final drive, did he not?

    Can you tell I am a Pittsburgh native?

  • Mark — we can tell. And yes, Big Ben showed nerves of steel, not just on that last drive, but in the first quarter as well. He was absolutely astounding, nothing at all like the nervous, mistake-prone Ben we saw in Super Bowl XL. I was disappointed in one other regard, I have to admit. I thought Polamalu would have 2 interceptions, and he only came close to picking one off. But in general he did an excellent job (especially in the first half) of rendering Fitzgerald ineffective.

    I take it you enjoyed the game immensely? I hope so, for it was a fun game to watch.

  • Vastly entertaining game. Moderately interesting by halftime, but seemed to channel the energy from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s blistering, brilliant 12-minute performance. By the fourth quarter, forget the playbooks with the fancy plays. Both teams were scratching and clawing to grab the Lombardi Trophy. Other than the NBC shot clearly proving that Santonio Holmes’ feets were in bounds for the winning TD, the best closeup was of Larry Fitzgerald, whose prior pick six gave the Cards their first lead, mouthing Oh No. Slightly better than the Steelers’ James Harrison, whose 100-yard pick put the Black and Gold up front, losing his cookies and giving a savage beatdown to a Cardinals’ special teams type. Seems to be a decided improvement in the quality of Big Games. Beginning last year, when the Eli-to-Tyree connection set up the Giants’ midtown madness days later. Last night, loads of highlights. Congrats to both teams for making their Super Bowl decidedly super. With special fondness for Art Rooney- good Catholic, enlightened owner, guardian of civic treasure in Steel City. Each player has his cell phone number- in case they ever need his help. Now that’s a team worth celebrating.

  • Correction- Dan Rooney, fine Steeler owner. Clearly following the pattern set by daddy Art, horse player and fine old guy whom we hope dwells with the saints and angels in glory.

  • not a fumble; his arm was moving forward. But it was just another blown call that went the Steelers way, including the 3 personal foul calls on that one FG drive. It was eerily familiar to the last Steeler superbowl.

  • Michael, I agree greatly that there were blown calls the refs made (especially since they seemed to benefit the Steelers much more than the Cardinals). But on that drive, the face mask penalty was obvious, and the running into the place holder was obvious. You couldn’t really argue much against those, as disappointing as they were. But the roughing the passer? I thought that was a poor, poor, poor call. Still, it gave the Cardinals’ defense a chance to give us an amazing stop. In six tries, the Steelers couldn’t get it in the endzone, even after all the help they received.

    Still, was it just me, or was this a season of bad calls? Aside from Hochuli’s forgetting how to be a good referee, I remember a Dallas Cowboys game (I now don’t recall who they played), but Barber took the ball, and the defender grabbed his face mask and pulled his head almost all the way around. No call. And the announcers even made the comment, “Either he was channeling the spirit of The Exorcist, or that was a blatant face mask.” It seemed every game there was a blatant face mask that wasn’t called.

  • his arm was moving forward.

    It was, just without the football. 🙂

    I’m not a Steelers’s fan, though I was rooting for them (I almost never root for the underdog except when the Giants are it). I missed the Personal Foul calls, but thought that officiating was poor, but equally for both sides.

  • The penalty calling was so one-sided you couldn’t help but think the refs were in the pocket of Mr. Rooney. The Cardinals set a Super Bowl record for penalty yards but the Steelers had what – only 2 second-half penalties called against them? The Steelers earned the win with that last TD drive, but the Cardinals were fighting uphill the whole game against the refs.

    Even still, the difference in the game was the 10-14 point swing at the end of the 1st half when, instead of getting a field goal to tie or a go-ahead TD, Warner threw an INT that went the other way for a Pitt TD. Without that play, the Cardinals win that game. They otherwise outplayed the Steelers.

    It’s unfortunate for the Cardinals that they played such a great game and overcame such lousy officiating to nearly win the game, but lost anyway.

  • The worst call was the roughing the passer penalty against Dansby. Shouldn’t have been called. Other than that, I thought the refs got it right. The Cardinals racked up some stupid, stupid penalties. And I don’t know why Whisenhunt laid off the no-huddle after Warner shredded the Steelers for a quick six using it. Blame Whisenhunt, blame Warner for the red zone int, but the refs didn’t blow it.

    Oh, and yes, it was a fumble. 🙂

  • I’m not a blame the refs kind of guy, but I have to reiterate – and thereby take issue with my friend, Dale – that the refs blew.

  • But, despite the refs blowing overall, yes, that was a fumble at the end of the game.

  • Didn’t look like a fumble to me; his arm was moving forward and he pushed the ball out. It should have been reviewed at a minimum. If the ‘tuck rule’ wasn’t a fumble, then that shouldn’t have been.

  • Sure looked like a fumble to me. As soon as the linebacker hit his arm which was still behind his back the ball was loose. He did not have control of the ball. I can’t get over all the complaining over a game. Arizona fans where was your offense for the first three quaters of the game? You come alive for one quater and want a win???????? Quit crying and look forward to next year. Steeler fans enjoy the win. It was an entertaining game.

  • Who’s an Arizona fan? And one wonders if you were even watching the game if you believe Arizona’s offense was absent for the first 3 quarters. They dominated the 2nd quarter offensively, and Pitt’s half-time lead was due to Warner’s throwing an INT in the red zone that was returned for a TD. That’s a 10-14 point swing.

    Pitt deserved the win because they drove for the winning TD at the end of the game. They did what it took to win the game. I’m certainly not trying to take that away from them.

  • Jay, what I said was not neccessarilly meant for you. I simply saw a fumle during a game that people try to say he had control of the ball. The linebacker clearly knocked it loose. Just because his arm goes forward without control of the ball doesn’t mean it was an incomplete pass. It was a game. By where was the offense I look at it this way. Most good teams can move the ball on you between the twenty yard lines. Now how well a team protects the end zone is big.Arizona scored seven points in the first half.Where was this high powered offense????

    As good as the Arizona defense did in the game when the game was on the line Pittsburgh’s offense delivered and killed the clock. Game over.

    I just hate to see people complaing about a game when there are so many other things we could be complaining aboout that would help every one.

    It was just a game.

  • I just hate to see people complaing about a game when there are so many other things we could be complaining aboout that would help every one.

    It was just a game.

    Arguing about the wouldas and the couldas and the shouldas is part of the fun.


  • Arguing about the wouldas and the couldas and the shouldas is part of the fun.


  • you know you folks are right. I guess it is a good past time as no one is getting hurt. I enjoyed you folks comments.

    Take care.