The Dolphins were robbed by the referees at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. There is no other way of putting it.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the ball into the endzone, which was ruled a touchdown. Replays showed that the ball was clearly knocked out by Chris Clemons before Roethlisberger crossed the line, and two Dolphins landed on it before numerous other players piled on top of them. Sparano smartly challenged, which the announcers agreed with and figured the Dolphins would have the ball on their own 20.
The ref ruled that while it was indeed a fumble, there was “no clear evidence” that the Dolphins recovered the ball. As a result, they rewarded the Steelers with the ball on the 1 yard line and let the clock start rolling. The Dolphins were then forced to use their timeout anyway.
When the ruling was made, the entire bar I was at erupted into angry yells. It wasn’t just a call against the Dolphins, it was a call against logical football. It made no sense. A Patriots fan told me that call was unbelievable. A PATRIOTS FAN!
Replays showed the Dolphins land on the ball. What more do you need?
While I’m not saying the Dolphins would have definitely won had the call been made correctly (the Steelers still had three timeouts), it would have been their game to lose instead of a travesty against sports. As this is the second time Gene Steratore has been involved with a controversial call in favor of his hometown Steelers (see Super Bowl XL vs. Seahawks), he should not be allowed to officiate their games anymore.
I don’t care who you root for. The Dolphins, just like the Lions in Week 1, were robbed by the refs.
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Written by Brian Saa
Lifelong Dolphins fan from New Jersey who runs DolphinsLA.com, a website for Dolphins fans in Los Angeles. LA fans should come out to The Casting Office Bar & Grill in Universal City on Sundays for the games, as it is now the Dolphins bar in LA! Ready for the Dolphins to declare Marshall Law on the competition in 2010 Follow me on Twitter: @briansaa or @DolphinsLA for Dolphins bar updates