I was going to riff on the Hall of Fame process this morning, but there are too many tributaries from Sunday. So I'll get back to the Hall of Fame stuff in next week's Monday Morning Quarterback, including a few observations from being inside the voting room. On with your e-mails ...
WE DON'T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY YET. From Brian Lalli of Hoboken, N.J.: "I'm not sure how close you are personally to either Joe Montana or Terry Bradshaw, but I think it is disrespectful to the game and a league that gave those two so much that they didn't show up for the MVP pregame ceremony on the basis of money. If the rumors are true, that they didn't show because of a dispute about money, then they have both showed a tremendous amount of disrespect to the sport that has made them extremely wealthy, both during and after their time in the spotlight.''
Good points -- if they're true. I don't know about Montana, but I do know that Bradshaw, whom I talked to in Detroit, is on the verge of getting surgery on his neck from an old football injury. Not sure if that had anything to do with this, but the ceremony, obviously, had two major, major holes in it.
WE'LL AGREE TO DISAGREE. From Tom Cammalleri of Westlake Village, Calif.: "Sorry, Peter, I can't agree with your assessment that the penalties against Seattle were 'marginal.' I'm not a fan of either team. But the fact is, Seattle had the ball first-and-goal at the 1 in the fourth quarter, down by 4, and a phantom holding call does them in. The worst part is there were more than a few times where Pittsburgh's RT had his arm around the opponent's neck and it was never flagged. That's one-sided officiating.
The Sean Locklear holding penalty, I would say, was a marginal call, but he did have the shoulder of the Pittsburgh rusher hooked. Overall, yes, all the close calls went against Seattle. No question. The Matt Hasselbeck crackback block was absurd, and the corner-of-the-goal-line non-review of the Darrell Jackson catch was bad; it should have been reviewed. But my feeling is the Seattle defense broke down on too many important plays to think that officiating cost Seattle the game.