AP Photo/St. Petersburg Times, Dirk Shadd
I whole-heartedly support those who question whether the officials got that penultimate play in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII called correctly — especially after all those NBC replays we had to endure through the extended contest suddenly stopped when the game was ultimately on the line.
Did Kurt Warner really fumble the ball away, or was he in the motion of passing and should have been given just an INC and had one more throw to the end zone?
What does that photo above seem to indicate? That it’s not as clear cut as the officials seemed to make it.
I immediately though the latter, first live, and especially after an NBC replay showed what I thought I saw on the first live take. Surprisingly, neither Al Michaels nor John Madden raised a dispute. My notes has Michaels saying: “It looks like a fumble .. his arm is hit as it is coming forward as the ball is coming out.” What?
Exactly. There’s some confusion. The officials seemed to quickly dismiss the incomplete pass reversal and allowed Pittsburgh to run the final play and end the game. Maybe NBC wanted things wrapped up ASAP to get “The Office” on the air before the parties broke up at home. In the sudden stop to the game, all Michaels could say, after a pause was: “Pittsburgh is the first franchise to win six Super Bowls.”
NBC’s Alex Flanagan, in her best demure Farrah Fawcett impersonation, didn’t get Warner to commit one way to another in the post-game interview, even with those bedroom eyes staring at him.
Jim Rome had NBCSports.com’s Tom Curran (blog linked here) on his syndicated radio show this morning, and Curran confirmed our conviction that the end of the game got away from the officials and it steamrolled into a Pittsburgh party before the conclusion should have come about.
Why aren’t more readers/viewers/TV talking heads discussing this play?