Posted: Sunday February 5, 2006 6:05PM; Updated: Monday February 6, 2006 2:27AM
"Fast" Willie Parker lived up to his name, torching the Seahawks for a Super Bowl-record 75-yard touchdown run.
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8:10 p.m. -- Strange sighting on the media food line. I asked a scribe to tell me whether the chicken he was putting on his plate was in the form of wings or tenders, since it is fairly dark along the food line. The media member turned out to be Jesse Palmer, the NFL backup QB and formerly ABC's The Bachelor. Not sure what Palmer's doing for the media, but he was optimistic enough to take several wings.
8:18 p.m. -- Rock's geriatric bad boys, the Rolling Stones, open predictably enough with Start Me Up. Their second choice, though, leaves many of us less-hip types in the media workroom scratching our heads. Some thought Mick said the tune was "Rock Justice", but a quick Google search determines that it must be Rough Justice, off the Stones' newest album. Fortunately, the third song is Satisfaction, which everyone recognizes as a classic Justine Bateman film.
8:30 p.m. -- Judging by my e-mail, Seattle fans are very unhappy about the officiating. Kevin of Everett, Wash., called the pass interference call against Jackson "bogus" and insists that Roethlisberger didn't break the plane on his touchdown. A fan who preferred to remain nameless wrote in twice to ask how much the refs are being paid by the Steelers, which Kevin queried about as well. I don't know, but I'll try to find out after the game. What do you think the going rate for fixing a Super Bowl is these days? I'm guessing it would be pricey. If I was the official, my starting demand would be free passes to the Playboy, Maxim and SI parties.
8:33 p.m. -- Quick-strike TOUCHDOWN, Steelers! "Fast" Willie Parker lives up to his name, busting 75 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the half. Big hole off the right side and a great block thrown out there by the side judge (just kidding, Seahawks fans). It's now 14-3, Steelers, with 14:38 to play in the third quarter.
8:37 p.m. -- The Steelers only had 113 total yards in the first half before Parker ripped off 75 on that one play alone. It was the longest TD run in Super Bowl history, eclipsing MarcusAllen's great reverse-the-field run against the Redskins. Too bad Parker didn't fall down on the 1 to let The Bus score. There's no sentiment left these days.
8:43 p.m. -- A few nice runs by Shaun Alexander get the Seahawks moving, then Mr. Softee blows it. Hasselbeck fits in a perfect pass to Stevens deep in Steelers territory, but the tight end can't hold on. It turns out to be a huge play as the Seahawks stall, and Brown MISSES a field goal from 50 yards away. Still 14-3, Steelers. Porter is on the sideline furiouisly composing his postgame "I told you so" comments. That should be fun.
8:45 p.m. -- It was great to see GeorgeCostanza's old boss, Mr. Wilhelm, on that NFL Mobile commercial as the old-timer Browns fan. I was concerned what happened to him after he left the Yankees for that carpet-cleaning religious cult. Though last I'd heard, he had caught on as the Mets' director of scouting.
8:50 p.m. -- The Bus is rolling! Bettis rumbles down to the 11 after picking up a big chunk of yardage, showing some nimble footwork for a big fellow. The Steelers are in danger of busting this one open. Timeout with the Steelers facing a third down inside the 10.
8:52 p.m. -- Huge play. Third-and-six from the 7, intercepted by Kelly Herndon in the right flat!! He could go! Roethlisberger cleaned out by a defensive lineman -- though Herndon runs out of steam after a 76-yard runback to the Steelers 20. Wow, huge turnaround.
8:55 p.m. -- Now it's third-and-six for the Seahawks, and ... TOUCHDOWN, Mr. Softee! Stevens beats Troy Polamalu in the end zone for six, a 16-yard pass. Take that, Joey Porter. Seahawks go for one (smart; so many coaches start chasing the two-pointer too early) to make it 14-10 with 6:45 to play in the third quarter. Game on.
9:00 p.m. -- The interception return by Herndon was the longest in Super Bowl history, to go along with the longest run in SB history earlier by Parker. Al Michaels failed to mention another Super Bowl record: Longest cab ride, set by me last night from the SI party in Mt. Clemens to the hotel in Livonia. Metered fare: $75.
9:07 p.m. -- The Steelers can't move it and have to punt. Old Uncle Mo has switched sides, it seems. Incidentally, does anyone have an Uncle Mo, and how does he like his connection to the sports cliche for momentum? Well, while I've been musing about that, the Seahawks stall and have to punt as well.