The Super Bowl on ABC wasn't a very good show because the game itself left one with a queasy feeling. The officials took the victory into their hands and handed it to the Steelers. I'm not saying they did it for nefarious reasons, but they did it all the same. They took away two touchdowns from the Seahawks on bad penalty calls, calls so bad that even the commentators, who don't usually like to criticize officials, denounced them. One can say that it's just a football game and that there are always going to be mistakes by officials. And that's true. But when an athletic contest is pumped up to the level the Super Bowl is, the least we have the right to expect is fairness and competence from the officials. The Seahawks contributed to their own downfall by giving up three big plays that an effective defense should never have allowed. Still, they probably would have won had they not had to fend off the officials as well as the Steelers. This game, I suspect, will go down in sports history not for the play but for the actions of the officials. And that's too bad for the Steelers as well as for the Seahawks.  (Posted, 2/6/06)

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We've had another sexually suggestive segment on TV. It's unbelievable, isn't it? ABC led off Monday Night Football (November 15, 2004) in the Eagles' dressing room, with Nicolette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives clad only in a towel. Ms. Sheridan was talking to Eagles star Terrell Owens. And, then -- horror of horrors -- she dropped the towel and moved forward to embrace Mr. Owens. True, viewers saw only Ms. Sheridan's upper back, but it was suggestive, don't you see? And that was the really horrible item. Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Dan Rooney revealed his innocent purity by saying, "It was the most disgraceful thing I've ever seen." ABC has admitted the error of its ways and begun a series of profuse and humble apologies. Terrell Owens, however, hasn't said anything. He caught three touchdown passes that night. Given the general religious tenor of professional football, he might be thinking that Ms. Sheridan's appearance was a gift from God.

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With all the shifting of rosters over the off-season, I had come to the conclusion that major league baseball is so much a manipulation of money and so little a team sport that I was going to have to give up my long-standing fascination and shift to other pursuits as spring came on.  I was particularly dismayed by the way "my" team, the Atlanta Braves, had dismissed Greg Maddux, one of the finest pitchers of all time, after he had given them eleven seasons of sterling service. What could being a fan of such an organization possibly mean? I asked myself. Yet, now, on TBS, I find once again the shining green field, the crisp uniforms, the astounding skill of the players, and I feel myself being drawn in. The game itself is so good it can gleam through layers of corruption and even through the collective slime of the owners. So, I'll probably watch, even though I know that by doing it I'm supporting practices I detest.

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