Weirdest Super Bowls ever, #3: Super Bowl XL

Friday, February 5, 2016 3:09 AM

Super Bowl XL: Ben Roethlisberger's (quite possibly) phantom TDIn advance of #50, continues its look at the five weirdest Super Bowls of all-time. Click on the links for the fifth-oddest (Super Bowl XIV, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Los Angeles Rams) and fourth-oddest (Super Bowl XXVIII, Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills) before reading up on another bizarre NFL championship game, namely Super Bowl XL…

For all the hoopla surrounding the players in each Super Bowl and all the hyperbole afterward nearly inevitably seeking to call the last the greatest ever, how much do we remember even the most dominant performances?

Like, remember Ty Law for the Patriots versus the Rams in XXXV? Or how unstoppable Larry Fitzgerald (not to mention Kurt Warner) was for the Cardinals against the Steelers in XLIII? Or try this one: Without Googling, who took the MVP award in Super Bowl XL?

The mundane answer to the question is Hines Ward – but a far more dominating performance in this Super Bowl has people still discussing the game 10 years later.

I am of course referring to the scene-stealing show put on by Bill Leavy and his team, the Refereeing Crew.

After finally making a Super Bowl after 29 mostly forgettable seasons, the Seahawks looked poised to join a couple of teams – the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers – that had just prior also shrugged off decades of futility. Unfortunately, the zebras proved just too unstoppable for the ‘Hawks.

Look, is no fan of the Seattle Seahawks, but whoa. If ever there was a game that could serve as Exhibit A in an argument that the NFL fixes even the biggest of matches, this was it.

Seriously, how about that first Seattle TD getting called back on a phantom offensive pass-interference call? How about Ben Roethlisberger’s score, which appeared to be put in the end zone well after the player was downed? How about the illegal block called on Matt Hasselbeck on the interception?

As though it weren’t enough for the NFL itself to release a piece on the blown calls, some four years after Super Bowl XL, Leavy publicly apologized to Seahawks players and fans.

And yet something of a debate continues to this day, though to be fair, half of said debate is argued by Steelers fans – or fans with “second-favorite” teams.

Though no one comes to a game to watch the referees, Super Bowl XL forced some 90.7 million viewers to repeatedly see the striped fellows to dam the excitement to a trickle and tune the suspense to zero.

Funnily (or unfunnily) enough, this is certainly one of the most remembered and debated Super Bowls since – and the weirdest of the past 10 years.

– written by Os Davis

Next: Illuminati-type stuff and a Cypriot cameo…

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