I don’t usually do this but I could not help myself today. I am bored and need a drink, badly.
Attention Pittsburgh Steelers fans! Don’t worry your team will win the Super Bowl today and the NFL will see to it.
Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers will be played today but not on an equal playing field. The owners, the Rooney family have owned the team forever. So, alas every controversial call in a big call goes their way. Let’s take a look at their history in big spots, shall we?
The Immaculate Reception: December 23, 1972. With under 30 seconds to go in this AFC playoff game against the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Quarterback Terry Bradshaw drops back to pass on 4th and ten from his own 40 yard line. Scrambling to his right he unloads a pass downfield. The ball hits Running Back John Fuqua in the helmet and ricochets backward fifteen yards. It is caught in the air by his teammate Franco Harris. Franco scampers down the sideline for a Pittsburgh touchdown. At the time it was illegal for two players on the same team to touch the ball but not on this day. Steelers win 13-7!
Super Bowl IX: The Minnesota Vikings score a touchdown late in the 4th quarter to narrow the score 9-6, Pittsburgh. The Steelers take the ensuing kickoff and on third and 2 from the Vikings 38, Bradshaw completes a pass to Tight end Larry Brown. The ball is knocked loose by cornerback Jackie Wallace and Minnesota recovers it on their own 28 yard line. However, it is not ruled a fumble and Pittsburgh maintains possession. Steelers drive continues and ends with a touchdown putting the game out of reach. Steelers win 16-6!
1978 AFC Championship Game: Late in the third quarter Houston Oilers Quarterback Dan Pastorini throws a pass to the back of the end zone to wide receiver Mike Renfro, and he appears to catch it for a touchdown. But officials say no, he is out of bounds. Replays clearly show Renfro got both feet in bounds. Oilers settle for a field goal. Steelers win 27-13!
Super Bowl XIII: From his own 44 yard line Quarterback Terry Bradshaw throws a ball up for grabs on third and ten. Wide receiver Lynn Swann trips Dallas defender Benny Barnes and they both fall – penalty Cowboys. First down on the Cowboys 23 yard line. A couple of plays later Franco scores on a twenty two yard run. Steelers win 35-31!
Super Bowl XL: Where to start but why bother? We all remember.
So rest easy Steelers country or Steelers nation whatever you call yourselves, when it comes time for a controversial play today, you will get the call. You always do.
Steelers 27 Cardinals 16.