A day after the Pittsburgh Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl title, most talk down in Arizona is centered on the fact that fans there feel they got screwed on a couple calls in the Super Bowl.
Matthew J. Darnell of Yahoo's NFL football blog is imploring Arizona fans to not be like Seahawks fans, who he says are still bitter over the way the officials handled Super Bowl XL.
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Two plays stand out. Well, three actually. Certainly the last play of the game, where Kurt Warner was sacked and stripped of the ball by Lamarr Woodley, which was then recovered by defensive lineman Brett Keisel, could have been questioned.
Officials upstairs apparently reviewed the play and relayed to the head official downstairs the ball was indeed fumbled. But Warner and Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt disagreed.
And you also had the Santonio Holmes celebration where he did the LeBron James impersonation after scoring the game-winning touchdown. Holmes did not receive a unsportsmanlike penalty, and Cardinals could have had 15 more yards of better field position to begin the drive
The Adrian Wilson roughing the kicker penaltiy when he took out the holder also was curious. I've never seen that called for taking out the holder, not the kicker.
To be honest, I don't think any of the plays actually had a major effect on the game. Pittsburgh made plays and Arizona did not. The Cardinals should look at the 11 penalties they committed and the Kurt Warner interception at the end of the half. Those plays cost them the game. And Pittsburgh did have the safety called against them in the end zone that gave Arizona new life.
What are your thoughts?