Yahoo- Trailing 21-11 early in the final frame, the Steelers faced a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line after a New England pass interference penalty. Failed pass and rush attempts left them in the same situation on third down. When the Patriots' defensive line shifted prior to the snap, multiple Pittsburgh linemen jumped the gun and were whistled for a false start. Another rushing attempt, now from the 6-yard line, failed on third down, and the Steelers were forced to kick a field goal — one of several times they left points on the field.
In the immediate aftermath of the false start penalty, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisbergercould be seen vehemently arguing the call with officials. Here's what he told reporters in the game's aftermath.
“In my years of playing, a defensive guy can’t bark stuff or move in the middle of a cadence. The ref said, 'We didn’t go in the neutral zone,' and I agree with him. I wasn’t arguing that part. I was arguing the fact that he shifted in the middle of a cadence, and I thought that there was a rule against it. Maybe there’s not — maybe it’s an unwritten rule — I don’t really know.
"So, that’s what I was more upset about. They do that. We saw it on film that the Patriots do that. They shift and slide and do stuff on the goal line, knowing that it’s an itchy trigger-finger-type down.”
Hey, if this is going to be the new thing just let me know. I am going to need an adjustment period if I am going to start supporting the New England Patriots. Trust me, even though their T-Pain led introduction was absolutely sick last night, I don't want to be forced to root for Tom Brady unless I am checking my fantasy score. However, if it's a "for us or against us" situation then I just might have to, because I refuse to side with a bunch of professional football teams crying about unfair play every time they lose. Just because the Patriots happen to win a lot of football games, and have the shadow of more than one cheating scandal (rightfully accused or not) following them around, doesn't mean every single thing they do is against the rules.
What the fuck is Ben Roethlisberger even talking about? I think I know my fair share of the NFL rulebook. I guess I must have missed the section on unwritten rules. Meh, it was probably just because unwritten rules AREN'T FUCKING RULES AT ALL. Does this sound as ridiculous to anyone else as it does to me? Ben Roethlisberger, 11 year veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion, didn't know that the defense can move while he's talking? Have I been drinking too heavily every Sunday since I started watching football, or did Big Ben hit 'Happy Hour' too hard before kickoff? I bet this wouldn't have happened if he spent more time working on his cadences instead of letting visions of underage women dance through his head. Isn't dealing with distractions like 95% of football? Maybe I just need to start paying closer attention? Either that, or the Steelers, and every other team in the NFL, needs to stop incessantly whining when they lose to the Patriots.
The Steelers sound like me every time I have lost to my brother in any video game ever made. "Wah, the defense interrupted me" is the professional athlete equivalent of me saying "dude, I can't believe you put cheat codes in". The difference is that Big Ben has no controller to throw. He is the controller. If the buttons aren't working right then it's not the opponent's fault. Your line didn't go offside because a defensive tackle screamed "boo". They went offside because they probably stink. At the very least they stunk on that play. As the signal caller for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, you have no one to fault but yourself. As easy as it is to blame perpetual cheaters, how about you just hold on tight to your dignity when you fall to the defending champs? The more we villainize the Patriots the more likely I am to side with them. Basically for the same reasons that no one wants to play pickup basketball with the kid who is constantly crying "foul".