Jim Henley, while ending the non-controversy about the supposed touchdown that was not called at the end of the first half in the Super Bowl, notes this Gene Wojciechowski contribution to the ‘counter-revolution’:
And finally, can we stuff a very large sani-sock into the mouth of Seattle coach Mike Holmgren, and anyone else who says the refs had it out for the poor, little Seahawks?
The signs are very clever (Refs 21, Seahawks 10 … or, Pittsburgh’s 12th Man: The Refs), but they’re bogus. It’s how sore losers rationalize a final score. Worse yet, it’s crying. And there’s no crying in football, unless you’re Hines Ward.***
Enough already with the whining. The Seahawks had their chances. Plenty of them to overcome the Steelers and, if they insist, the refs, too.
Holmgren, who didn’t exactly distinguish himself in the waning minutes of both halves, is no doubt suffering some post-Super Bowl anger. Perfectly understandable, especially in front of the thousands who greeted the team upon its return to Seattle. But days, weeks, months from now, when he’s able to think more clearly, he’ll realize the only people to blame for the loss were wearing Seahawks metallic blue, not black and white.
Gene isn’t the only ones, as others join the pushback:
Seattle, once associated with coffee, should be better known now for the kind of fine whine derivative of sour grapes. You thought the Seahawks and their fans were beaten pretty soundly in the Super Bowl? They have been far bigger losers since.
Will you people shut up already?
A couple of debatable penalty flags fall the wrong way and you’re going to start wincing and weeping and limping around on that lame crutch?
Aside to Team Mocha Latte: Your Seahawks lost, 21-10, for lots of reasons primarily summarized in the technical phrase, “played lousy.” You know how Steelers fans swarmed Detroit by about a 10-1 margin over Seattle fans? That mirrored the Seahawks’ shrunken team effort on the big stage.
There was no shame in losing the game. There has been much shame since.
The Seahawks and their fans (and I really do feel their fan’s pain) now risk becoming not only the Super Bowl XL losers, but being labeled as a bunch of whining losers. And that really is a shame, because I think despite their mistakes, theyshowed the entire world that they were a much better team than anyone gave them credit for being.
Meanwhile, on the other coast, the Steelers had their victory parade yesterday, and these were sent to me by a family friend:
Mike Logan (L), Mrs. Cowher, Bill Cowher.
Charlie Batch and Big Ben.
Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward.
Pro-Bowl bound Troy Polamalu and his hair.
And while this isn’t from the rally, my favorite picture:
My favorite player, big man Casey Hampton (HOW AWESOME WAS HIS SACK!), hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with Mr. Rooney.
I have decided I am retiring my Hampton jersey and framing it with pictures and mementos from the season all around the borders. I don’t know whose jersey I will wear next year. I am torn between Faneca and Heath Miller.
*** Update ***
BTW- One of the things that is helping to fuel this whining about the refs is the Steelers fault. They were too good during the previous three AFC football games, and everyone thought they were going to come out and do it again. So when the Seahawks turned out to be a much better team than people expected, and the Steelers came out jittery and pretty awful on offense, and people add that to the two blown calls and the other judgement calls, they act like the Seahawks were cheated. They weren’t. The Steelers just beat them, and other than Skip Bayless and a few other people (and Skip Bayless is such a Steeler hater that he thinks Jerome Bettis, fifth on the all time rushing list, a six time pro bowler, and Super Bowl Champion, still does not belong in the Hall of Fame), most experts agree that the better team won. So let’s cut the crap.