February 1st is a memorable day for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Those memories will be slightly skewed depending on who you ask, but it was this day 7 years ago when the Steelers completed a remarkable ending to an amazing Super Bowl to claim their 6th Super Bowl victory of their storied franchise history.
Recently, Super Bowl 43 was voted as the "Greatest of All-Time", in recognition of this year's Super Bowl being the 50th, but despite the recognition, fans of the Cardinals are still sour over how the game unfolded. To say time heals all wounds certainly doesn't apply to this fan base, in this particular scenario.
On the anniversary of the game, Jay Dieffenbach, of azcentral sports, put on his fan hat and took to the internet to write about how Santonio Holmes' game-winning catch, wasn't a catch at all. In fact, he even states if the NFL had the technology they currently have at their disposal, the call would have been overturned.
The introduction is really all you need to read to see where the article is headed:
It was a catch that was celebrated everywhere, reviewed and confirmed - and only mildly controversial in the days and weeks that followed.
Today marks seven years - and yes, we have an itch - since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
That catch should have been held to a higher level of scrutiny and, with better equipment and judgment, officials may have ruled a different outcome.
With the help of common sense - and Republic photographer Rob Schumacher - we'll attempt to make our point.
The crux of this article is a photo, enhanced with modern technology, to show Holmes' right cleat not touching the ground, but instead an inch off the ground. I suppose Mr. Dieffenbach has never seen the myriad of photos -- like the one at the top of this article -- which clearly show Holmes' toes both making contact with the ground, while having possession of the ball, for a good catch.
Mr. Dieffenbach continues to the extreme of playing out an imaginary scenario where the play was ruled an incomplete pass, and the Steelers would throw another incompletion on third down, and ould be forced to send Jeff Reed on the field to kick a game-tying field goal.
It has been 7 years, these articles are still being written, and it is a shame. The game was incredible, and the finish was one-of-a-kind, but to suggest the game should have, or could have, ended differently defies logic. Let them have their imaginary scenarios, and Steelers fans will cling to their 6th Lombardi trophy.