Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 1:17 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

In the closing seconds of the Steelers-Dolphins game Sunday, we learned that the NFL replay system, while vastly better than the systems in other sports – like, oh, let’s say, Major League Baseball – is still not flawless.

The Ben Roethlisberger fumble left a generally apathetic South Beach sports town up in arms. Head official Gene Steratore – who, by the way, followed the NFL’s rules to a T in ruling that a recovery of the fumble could not be determined – visited with a pool of reporters after the game.

Here was Steratore’s explanation of what happened (can you believe it sounds remarkably similar to what he told the Dolphins home crowd?):

"Naturally, the ruling on the field was a touchdown by Pittsburgh. After review it was confirmed in replay the ball did come loose and it was a fumble prior to the ball breaking the goal line. That's where we go into the second aspect of that. In order to overturn this and give another team the football, I have to have clear video evidence of that team recovering the fumble…That is what I explained. We did have a fumble, but we did not have video evidence and a confirmation on who recovered the football, so we changed an aspect of the play by not awarding Pittsburgh the touchdown. Miami is not charged a time out because we changed an aspect of that play, but we could not award the defense in this situation the football because we don't have video evidence of the defense recovering the ball."

As it happens, Steratore is a native of Washington, Pa., which is located 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh. Sunday night, a Miami Herald headline read: “Referee from Pittsburgh explains fumble ruling”.

OK, come on, Miami.

We’ll let you be the judge. No doubt Roethlisberger fumbled. The question is, are you cool with Steratore’s (and, by extension, the NFL’s) explanation about not knowing who recovered? Yes, Dolphins linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis comes away with the ball, but that is well after the whistle blew. No one can say which players continued fighting for the ball after the whistle and which players let up, which is why Steratore must judge who had the ball at the sound of the whistle. Take a look at the video.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:02 pm

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

Fabulous evidence, Contacting the ones appreciate which can proprietor becaus i've truly clean so much stirring information. I'll get this site web-site. Fitting wants :)

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:55 am

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

Very good press, I thanks to finally proprietor becaus people clinically determined a good number of interesting details. I will start off get this page. Right chooses :)

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:43 am

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

I can tell you'll be placing a a lot of will try within your blog appropriate. Take presenting the excellent do the career.A bunch of truly very helpful education in it.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 8:46 pm

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

WRONG...According to the rule BOOK a NFL should not call a TD if the ball does not cross the goal line with the BALL.  SO the REF DID make the wrong call.

Too much heat in Miami for you, the rule book says break the plane, not cross the goal line.  Obviously you didn't research crap, you just pulled it out your ass with all your other whining.  The endzone starts at the beginning of the white goal line.

This was a disgrace.  I was at the game and 90% of the Pitt fans agreed with us it should have been Miami's ball.  And if you are right and Pitt then would come back and win then I would have been fine with that.

Then the 90% of Steeler fans are morons like your fans.  Once the play was called a TD, the players stopped going for the ball, the refs were yelling it was a TD.  If you look at the replay you will see Legursky and Scott in the pile, and Big Ben at the bottom of the pile, just like he said he was.  No one knows who would have recovered the ball, since they blew it dead with the TD call, but Steeler fans can say just as much as Miami that Pittsburgh would have recovered it, video does show them as well.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:59 pm

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

So far all the Steeler fans have shown their IQ's to be equivalent to their weather (in celsius, nonetheless).  YOU GUYS ARE THE DOUCHEBAGS!!! Rapeistberger fumbled b4 the goalline!  Replays showed 2 Dolphins falling on the ball (very conclusive to everyone outside of low IQ Nation)!  And then a fin emerges with the ball from the scrum! (Once again, very conclusive).  The only thing not conclusive is the overall intelligence quotient of the state of Pennsylvania.  Thank Pittsburgh fans for that!

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:27 am

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

Why does everyone think that the game would have been over, if a touchback was called after the fumble, and awarded to the Dolphins.
The Steelers still had 3 timeouts, the 2 minute warning, "Big Ben","Hines", "Big play Mike Wallace", and a great defense. I like my chances that we would have gotten the ball back and scored anyway. So, let's stop the nonsense, by saying the game was taken from the Dolphins. The Dolphins still had a chance to win the game, and faltered on their last drive. Good teams win games like that; the Ravens put together a game winning drive on the Steelers just 2 weeks prior. There a good team, the Dolphins are average....

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:36 am

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

Raven nation dumbass, your team could barely beat buffalo giving up 30+ points. Your play in overtime was worse than our holding the guy up in the air for 5 seconds then stripping the ball from him that was a terrible call. You barely beat us with our 4th string quarterback your lucky were not 2 games up in the division already. Cant wait for the steelers to come to baltimore and put a beat down on raven nation.

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:35 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:26 am

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

Of course Brinson is going to say everything is right....he picked the Steelers against the spread. So Will, we can just throw out your biased opinion right away, knowing that.

I'm already looking forward to beating the Bengals next week and don't care too much about this call anymore. Its over - most people know and will admit that Miami got jobbed.

Just a quick reply to everyone saying that the Dolphins would have gone 3 and out judging by how they did on their last series: Its a little different situation when a team legitimately drives to the go-ahead score and you have to respond, than when your defense makes a huge play and the officials snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. No one knows what would have happened in that situation, the fact of the matter is, we should have been able to find out.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 9:26 am

Not letting go of Steelers-Dolphins ending

To all miami whiners and douche bag complainers.. SCOREBOARD!  Get over it!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or