To read the commentary from some of the scribes, you'd think a travesty of the first degree occurred Sunday when a Pittsburgh TD was overturned against New England. We're being told this play is Exhibit A for why the league should change the rule. And of course the Squealers themselves are only too happy to play the victim card.
-http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/stee ... 1712190113
-http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/stee ... 1712190156
-http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/130 ... -touchdown
While the "continuation" rule is unpopular, most fans will agree that a "catch" is not a catch if the ball moves a whole lot when the receiver hits the ground. That's what happened here. TE Jesse James initially caught the ball, but it spun in his hands when he landed in the endzone.
That's right, it "spun". His left lost its grip but maintained contact with the ball as it sort-of rolled over it, eventually touching it from the knuckle-side. The other hand stayed in place. That's a lot of ball movement, regardless of how atypical it might be.
It amazes me whenever people refuse to see what's right in front of their eyes.
As to changing the rule, do we really want to go back to Golden Richards holding the ball for only a spilt second while he crosses the goal line?
That cost me a playoff win
But worth it to see Steeler fans cry