Thanks to Kevin Hench, columnist at FOXSports.com, here are ten reasons why the National Football League’s post-season this year kind of felt like the 2000 election — unfair and unresolved. Fans are happy for Jerome Bettis, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are a perfectly respectable champion. But if the referees had not made so many gross blunders, you could just as easily imagine Seattle, New England or Indianapolis with the trophy.
What’s worse: The calls did not “even out.” In the Super Bowl, the Seahawks were consistently on the losing end of bad calls; in earlier rounds, the Patriots and Colts kept getting jobbed, while Pittsburgh and Denver usually benefited — the one exception being the Polamalu phantom interception that almost snatched Pittsburgh’s ill-gotten victory away.
I have no changes to recommend. Like campaign finance reform, each new officiating rule creates five unintended consequences for every one problem it addresses. But if you’re a football fan and you’re feeling a little unsatisfied with the just-concluded season, this might be why.
Anyway, with Madison Avenue’s annual extravaganza out of the way, something good to ponder: Baseball Spring Training begins in a little more than a week. Pitchers and catchers report to the Dodgers and Angels February 15.