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    The Walrus serves up 100 day old whine.

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    Seahawks air gripes over Super Bowl calls with NFL


    Posted: Monday May 22, 2006 8:19AM; Updated: Monday May 22, 2006 10:00AM


    The Walrus had plenty of complaints about the officials in Super Bowl XL.
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    Last Wednesday, exactly 100 days after the Seahawks fell to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, NFL Director of Officiating Mike Pereira boarded a plane for Seattle. Truth be told, he was a little apprehensive. That's putting it mildly.

    "Oh, we're loaded up for Mike,' Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said of Periera's visit the day before he arrived.

    Pereira was going into the same kind of road venue North Carolina enters at Duke, the Red Sox walk into at Yankee Stadium, the Cowboys experience at Philadelphia. Overly dramatic? I don't think so. This was nothing less than the 268th game of the 2005 NFL season. It wasn't at Qwest Field. It wasn't played with either fanfare (no one has reported it until now) or fans. But butterflies were in the stomachs of some of the people in the room before this game began in a meeting room at the Seahawks' training complex in suburban Kirkland.

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    Re: The Walrus serves up 100 day old whine.

    "Prophet" wrote:
    Click here for rest of story.
    I love King's MMQB column. Required reading, IMHO, for any NFL fan.

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    Re: The Walrus serves up 100 day old whine.

    what a wuss


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    Re: The Walrus serves up 100 day old whine.

    POSTED 10:35 a.m. EDT; UPDATED 11:42 a.m. EDT, May 22, 2006

    'HAWKS, NFL CLEAR THE AIR
    Mike Florio

    The (Peter) King Of All Football Media (and we don't mean that in our usual smart-ass way, but as a high compliment to his burgeoning presence everywhere a football fan turns) reports in his MMQB column that the Seattle Seahawks and the National Football League have smooched and made up after one of the most hotly-disputed games in league history.

    According to King, NFL director of officiating Mike Pereira ventured into the belly of the Big Show's beast ast week for an annual offseason visit regarding 2006 rules changes. And, yeah, there was also a little something on the agenda regarding Super Bowl XL, which threw the entire Pacific Northwest into a tizzy with the perception that the Seahawks got scuh-rewed.

    King identifies three calls about which the team still believes it got the shaft, shoved sideways: (1) the flag thrown against Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck for making a low block on an interception return, which was obviously wrong because Hasselbeck was actually hitting the guy who was returning the pick; (2) the momentum-turning holding call on tackle Sean Locklear, which erased one of the few times that tight end Jerramy Stevens didn't drop the ball; and (3) a holding penalty that wiped out a 46-yard punt return by Peter Warrick on the first play of the second quarter. (The Seahawks also still think that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's touchdown plunge was short of the goal line, but that call already had been debated at length between the team and the league office before last week's meeting.)

    The most compelling aspect of the story, in our view, is that the Big Show a/k/a Mike Holmgren defused a potentially ugly session with Pereira by calling his assistant coaches together the prior evening and telling them to handle the league's emissary with respect. After all, the Seahawks will play up to 20 games that count in the coming season, and each of them will be handled by a crew of guys who, contrary to popular belief, are human beings -- and thus are subject to the same conscious and subconscious biases as the rest of us. If there's any merit to the hypothesis that the bad calls in the Super Bowl had their roots in the public griping in which Holmgren engaged after narrowly defeating the Giants in November, then it made no sense to set a bad tone for 2006 by tearing Pereira a few new Pujols.

    By all appearances, Holmgren's strategy worked.

    "It was the longest coaches' meeting I've ever been a part of,' Pereira told King. "But they were a professional group of coaches. We disagreed without hostility, and when it's all said and done, we got some closure. I'm really glad I went. Now we can finally look ahead to the 2006 season.'

    And Holmgren won't have to worry about the zebras going out of their way to stick it to his team as he tries to take the franchise one level higher.

    Heck, the officials might even think subconsciously that they owe him a few close ones.

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    Very good article. Get over it Holmgren. It is a new season.
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    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: The Walrus serves up 100 day old whine.

    Onwards and upwards.

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