No doubt that that arid, horrendous call will haunt the Dolphins and is devastating to us as fans. I was absolutely out raged when I the referee uttered the words "however." But you know what? With a call that big, and that crucial to a team's season you have to make a stance. The only option was to say the dolphins forced a fumble and recovered. What I feel the officiating crew did was try to find a middle ground in order to not be the "bad guy" to the dominant steelers.
Let's look at this.
"After review, the play was a fumbled and reccovered by the Dolphins. First down Miami"
Effect: The mighty steelers lose causing outrage by them. But more imortantly TO THE REF he takes a lot of heat and becomes the ultimate villain in the game which no one likes.
I am not ignorant...I do realize what a tough call that was and that the evidence was minimal but everyone saw clearly as the scramble transpired after the ruling was a touchdown. Dolphins came up with it and the refs went with it, well some of them at least.
I just really cannot comprehend how the referee made that call. At that point in the game, you cannot just draw a middle ground and have the teams fight it out. You have to take a stance, stick with it based on the evidence, and take the criticism...because guess what, now the criticism is going to be 10 times worse because the ref was not decisive. Never have I seen a call like this. Unbelievable. Usually I get over losses but this one hurts bad
Alright I am done. Sorry for wasting everyones time. Enjoy watching this on sportscenter and all the espn shows these next coming days