How the Refs Won the Super Bowl

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2009

I already know how much this article is going to tick off you Steelers fans, but after thinking about that for about I don't know, A SECOND! I've decided it doesn't matter. The referees in last nights Super Bowl pretty much gift wrapped a win for the beloved Steelers.

That was by far the worst officiating in any game I've ever seen. Having said that, I have to have some sort of evidence.

Here it goes, roughing the passer on 3rd-and-long? Even Big Ben has to admit that was a little much. I mean come on, why don't quarterbacks turn in their pads for some skirts. How much longer is this going to go on?

Honestly not even a brick wall can stop a 300-pound defensive lineman when their momentum is carrying them. That was when I first realized this game was a little fishy. Then the roughing the holder, yep I did say the HOLDER, I don't even have to explain myself on that one.

Then you have to add the clipping. Most of you are probably thinking what clipping? I'm talking about the incredibly visible clip on Tim Hightower on the 15-yard line on James Harrison's interception return. Are you kidding me?! That was the outcome of the game, you can't just leave a game like that up to horrible calls.

Then came the icing on the cake. The last play of the game. Clearly that wasn't a fumble. Last I checked, if you still have a firm grip on the ball, like Warner had, and your arm is going in a forward motion, that's an incomplete pass, not a fumble.

I wonder how much Daniel Rooney was paying these guys. The worst officiating crew in NFL history. This makes what Ed Hochuli did in the Denver and San Diego game look like a minor offense.

The bottom line is this, the Arizona Cardinals got screwed in every single aspect of the game. They deserved to win that game although everyone counted them out. And that mighty defense of the Steelers? What mighty defense?

When Kurt Warner at the ripe age of 37 is passing for well over 300 yards and three touchdowns, I would say that defense didn't show up.

Congratulations Pittsburgh on another undeserving Super Bowl win. Just like in 2005, the Seahawks are still shaking their heads. What is with this love affair that the NFL has with the Steelers?

I think the Rooney's have contributed a ton to the NFL and for the most part the Steelers have been an amazing organization, but can we honestly sit back and let this stuff go? What if they had been playing the Giants or the Panthers, would it have been a different story?

I mean, Arizona wasn't expected to go, and some people wanted a Cinderella story, but it seemed like the NFL couldn't allow that Cinderella story to be against the Steelers.

Let me hear what you guys think, because I think that was a crime.