I have the pleasure of sitting near a TV running endless SportsCenter loops.
If you think that's an ideal work environment, trust me, it ain't after the fourth highlight clip narrated by Chris Berman enters your right ear.
However, it has brought something to my attention regarding Super Bowl XLIII. Santonio Holmes' catch, in all its best-ever glory , was capped with a clear violation of NFL rules.
He used the ball as a prop in his LeBron-homage celebration.
In a game littered with yellow flags, that's a no-brainer. That's ref 101.
Ask Joe Horn, Chad Johnson or pretty much any receiver not named Hines Ward.
No flag. No 15 yards enforced on the kickoff. No big deal?
Fifteen yards shaved off a kickoff often isn't often a big deal. But when there's 35 seconds on the clock, your team has two timeouts and when your quarterback has to march the offense down the length of the field, 15 yards is a big deal.
Fifteen yards changes the kickoff coverage, it adds life to the kickoff return team and it, well, it's simply part of the rules.
A big gaffe in a game where the refs seemed to have their whistle senses finely tuned. Maybe the action was obstructed because it was in the back of the endzone. But it's now part of the standard Super Bowl b-roll. I'd imagine Arizona fans treat it as a clear slap in the face.
Whether it would changed the outcome of the game anybody knows, but I agree with them.