Saturday, October 28, 2006

Rooney fined $25,000 by NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney was fined $25,000 by the NFL on Friday for critical comments about the officiating in the Steelers' 41-38 overtime loss at Atlanta last Sunday. Rooney had said, among other things, that the officials working the game should be "ashamed of themselves."

I'm surprised that Rooney made public comments in regards to the officiating. Was he upset about the lack of a roughing-the-passer call on the play in which Ben Roethlisberger suffered a concussion? The penalty for excessive celebration against WR Nate Washington? The illegal motion penalty called on Washington during the last play of regulation? The first two situations were borderline; the illegal motion penalty was clearly the right call.


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