Diamonds and Ice

Refs take away Cards’ last Super Bowl gasp

Sitting in my sister’s living room, I was dumbfounded. The rest of my family was, too.

I just assumed the Arizona Cardinals would have one last Hail Mary attempt from the Pittsburgh 45. But all of a sudden, Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger took a snap, kneeled and Super Bowl 43 was over. Over? Did you say over?

I will never understand how NFL replay officials at the game didn’t review the supposed fumble from Kurt Warner, Cedar Rapids’ pride and joy, on the previous play. Warner was hit by a Steelers lineman just as he was about to throw the football downfield. The officials ruled it was a fumble, Pittsburgh recovered, game over.

Instant replays sure made it appear to be a close enough call to at least get a review. Especially this being the Super Bowl and all.

But no review, no overturned call. Curious. If you were a Cardinals fan, furious.

Here’s a replay. What did you think?

And let’s not forget that¬†Pittsburgh wide receiver Santonio Holmes’ “celebration” in the end zone after his beautiful game-winning catch should have cost the Steelers 15 yards for unsportsmanlike¬†conduct.

Pittsburgh should have had to kickoff from its 15, which would have given Arizona a better chance to negotiate its way downfield.

In the end, it may not have mattered anyway. But it would have nice to find out.

Bills’ Jackson in C.R., negotiating contract

Ran into Buffalo Bills running back and former Coe College all-American Fred Jackson at tonight’s Coe-Cornell basketball double-header. Jackson was in town with his wife, Danielle, a Coe grad, and two young children to visit friends.

It’s awesome to see he’s the same old Freddy, and that being an NFL player (and one that got a chance to play quite a bit this season) has absolutely not gone to his head.

“It was exciting that I got to play a lot more (this season) than I did last year,” Jackson said. “I’m excited about that and seeing if we can keep moving forward and maybe my opportunities on the field can continue to expand.”

Jackson is a restricted free agent, of sorts, whose rights are owned right now by Buffalo. He said he and his agent have been in contact with Bills management about a possible multi-year contract.