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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Terrell Owens will create chaos and controversy no matter where he draws a paycheck. Manny Ramirez will whine about how miserable he is in Boston and ask to be traded, even though he earns more than $20 million a year from the Red Sox. Peyton Manning will lose a January playoff game. And the NFL officials, indisputably the most incompetent in professional sports, will flash the same awful form in the postseason that they do during the regular season, too often making ridiculous calls that make sense to no one but themselves and their Park Avenue enablers in New York, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and NFL Director of Officiating Mike Pereira. Indeed, in the aftermath of a wonderfully exciting and dramatic NFL weekend that found the Denver Broncos dethroning the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers stunning the AFC’s top seed, the Indianapolis Colts, the Zebras, natch, had their usual negative impact with decisions that left one scratching his noggin in bewilderment how so-called professionals can commit such egregious transgressions. The referee of the Colts-Steelers match, a Mr. Pete Morelli, listed in the NFL’s Record & Fact Book as a graduate of St. Mary’s, owes a debt of gratitude to the Colts’ kicker Mike Vanderjagt. Oh, does he! If Vanderjagt hadn’t missed that 46-yard field goal attempt with 19 seconds remaining that gave Pittsburgh its 21-18 win, Morelli might well have been the most controversial figure in athletics this week, if not Public Enemy No. 1 in Pennsylvania, if the Steelers had gone on to lose in overtime to the Colts. I have seen so many ghastly officiating calls in the NFL across the seasons that have had a direct effect on the outcome of the proceedings, but I’m not sure I can remember one as disturbingly wrong as the one Mr. Morelli made with 5:26 remaining in the game with the Steelers in command at 21-10. Pittsburgh’s strong safety, Troy Polamalu, had made a diving interception of Manning and the game, for all intents and purposes, was over at this late juncture. As he got up to run, Polamalu fumbled the ball his knee jarred it loose from his grasp but the replay clearly showed that Polamalu was in possession as he tumbled to the turf. With nothing to lose, the Indianapolis coach, Tony Dungy, threw the red flag, signifying for the referee to review the play. And who can blame Dungy, who’s been around long enough to know the numbing capriciousness of NFL officials. I’m not sure there’s a human being alive who would have rescinded Polamalu’s interception except, of course, for the only one with the power to do so, Pete Morelli, who, implausibly, incredibly, mysteriously, did so. Was Morelli viewing things with his heart rather than his eyes? Was Morelli in desperate need of reading glasses as he peered into the replay monitor? Was Morelli a Peyton Manning devotee secretly pulling for the Colts, as Steeler linebacker Joey Porter intimated afterward? I have no idea why the guy did what he did, but no doubt his scandalous blunder ignited the Colts, as they quickly moved down field to score a touchdown and a two-point conversation to draw within a field goal of the stunned Steelers. If players can be fined for overzealous hits and if coaches can be censured for putting the public knock on officials, why shouldn’t the Zebras be held accountable for bumble-brained verdicts that embarrass their sport? The call was so bad that even Pereira on Monday acknowledged that Morelli had made a mistake. Pete Morelli never again should be allowed to work in a game of such magnitude the guy obviously doesn’t react well to pressure but, knowing the outrageous arrogance of the NFL, it won’t be surprising to me if he isn’t assigned to one of this weekend’s championship games, or even to the upcoming Super Bowl. Why, the miscalculation that Morelli made was the worst I’d seen since, well, Saturday evening in the final minute of the first half of the Denver-New England game when the Patriots’ cornerback, Asante Samuel, was assessed a pass interference penalty that gave the Broncos, trailing 3-0 at the time, a first down on the NE 1-yard line. Replays once again clearly revealed that the back judge his name is unknown erred and never should have made the call that, in essence, gave the Broncos a touchdown gift. If anything, it showed the receiver that Samuel was covering was the one doing the pushing and jostling not Samuel. But, no matter, the Broncos were on their way to their 27-14 win which they deserved because of five Patriot turnovers. What they didn’t deserve was to be aided and abetted by a bumbling official. But this isn’t exactly a new phenomenon in the NFL. When you have a bunch of guys who have 9 to 5 jobs during the week and suddenly find themselves on weekends working important NFL games in front of 80,000 passionate folk, you’re going to wind up with people like Pete Morelli who freeze up in crisis moments. As one analyzes the Sunday matchups Denver and Pittsburgh for the AFC title and Seattle and Carolina for the NFC title it appears the two favorites, the Broncos and the Seahawks, have the distinct advantages, since both will be performing in their own stadiums in front maniacal followers. But who knows what will unfold? Pete Morelli, who doesn’t even suit up for Indianapolis, almost led the Colts to an amazing comeback Sunday. It’s simply impossible to handicap a sport in which the officials, alas, too often play as prominent a role in who wins as the players. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You scan the contemporary sporting scene, and come to the conclusion there are certainties in a landscape of unpredictability: George Steinbrenner each offseason will sign at least one high-profile, aging free agent e.g. Johnny Damon in his maddening obsession to turn his New York Yankees into a world championship team again. Shaquille O’Neal will show up at training camp terribly overweight and injure himself early in the season, a hallowed ritual with the Los Angeles Lakers that he has continued with the Miami Heat. Boxing, forever on the terminal list, will enhance its diminution by continuing to stage high profile promotions unappetizing to even the most zealous fistic patron, and does anyone with any sense of taste and perspective look forward to that pay-per-view sham match that’s been lined up between Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins, aging former middleweight champions on losing streaks?