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Referee from Pittsburgh explains fumble ruling

Referee Gene Steratore spoke to the pool reporter about today's controversial call that was the difference in score between the Dolphins and Pittsburgh. The Steelers won, 23-22 on a field goal made possible when they kept the football following what looked like a fumble in the end zone that was recovered by Miami's Ikaika Alama-Francis.

The refs initially called the play a TD. Then they overturned the TD and said it was a fumble. But they didn't complete the job by giving the ball to Miami.

"Naturally, the ruling on the field was a touchdown by Pittsburgh," Steratore said. "After review it was confirmed in replay the ball did come loose and it was a fumble prior to the ball breaking the goal line. That's where we go into the second aspect of that. In order to overturn this and give another team the football, I have to have clear video evidence of that team recovering the fumble. So when a little short segment of what I said out there. That is what I explained. We did have a fumble, but we did not have video evidence and a confirmation on who recovered the football so we changed an aspect of the play by not awarding Pittsburgh the touchdown. Miami is not charged a time out because we changed an aspect of that play, but we could not award the defense in this situation the football because we don't have video evidence of the defense recovering the ball."

Steratore said officials could not determine who recovered the ball because, "it is a pile of bodies in there and you don't have a clear recovery."

Asked again by he could not determine who recovered the ball, he said, "We confirmed that there was a fumble and we not able to confirm a clear recovery by the defense."

Steratore, by the way, was born in Washington, PA., which is 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh. He still lives and has a business in the region.


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You think 1.3 trillion dollars debt is,well who cares?
Do not even know how many zeros in a trillion worth of mismanagement.
Who wants Taco Bell?

Who wants Taco Bell?

You are not in control.
We are.

Free immunizations, today!

Nothing funny going on with PA ref.
Did you give me $3800.00 for your season tickets, suckers?

Goodell and Kraft are not Illuminati.

There is no such thing as drone aircraft.


be careful what you ask for.

good night fellow slaves.

anyone on here that wants Henne to be benched i ask what is your reasoning? he played a good game, the play calling is horrible and Henning needs to go, but Henne played well

Is that really his info Ian?

If he does own a buisness and/or property it's public record.

henne is not the reason this team lost. He made good decisions with the ball and when nobody was open he threw the ball away. My only issue right now is henning and his playcalling. he needs to take the training wheels off henne and let him use his ability to make big plays

what a bunch of cry babies...how many shots do you need?

Replace Henning with Mike Shanahan's son; Replace Henne with Donovan McNabb

I'm the kind of person who likes to give people the benefit of the doubt but......

When two white shirts pounce on the ball in the End Zone, how long do they have to they have to stay on top of the thing before it's ruled first and ten?

What really bugs me about this whole thing is it reminds me of when Roethlisberger scored a touchdown in a Super Bowl when he was clearly short of the goal line. History repeats itself.

If it were ANY OTHER quarterback in the NFL, I'd be much more understanding right now.

this team has the bullets guys. only three years ago we were 1-15 and with no direction and cleo lemon and john beck under center. We have a sold up and coming guy in henne, elete recievers in marshall and bess, and a stud pass rusher in wake, as well as guys like dansby and davis. this team will be a force and hopefully when that happens the officals will learn whats a fumble and what isnt

In 50 years of watching football I can say I have never seen anything close to that fumble play. How do you determine who has possesion, the player who comes out of the pile with the football...WTF is there to see? If I and everyone else can see a Dolphin player with the football....what was the ref looking at under the hood...his pay off? Screw the NFL!

whats the deal with jerry?

man we need some shots down field

Still LMFAO.

Watching the fish find new ways to lose never grows old.

Ugh! Tough loss but we are 3-3 so some hope left for a wild card and maybe we can get on a role late. Need to score some points!!! Defense and ST gave offense the ball twice inside the 20 and offense sputtered as usual...need some swagger, some toughness on the offense. Horrible play-calling but the play-makers need to start acting like they give a damn. There needs to be a sense of urgency. Henne needs to get in Hartline's face. Brown needs to run somebody over. Marshall needs to demand the ball in Kobe/Lebron type situations. Sparano needs to stop fist pumping at field goals and grab Henne's facemask and threaten to bench him. I would like to see more of Roberto Wallace. Also, defense please get off the field on 3rd downs!!!

Off the ledge folks :-)

It pis$ed me off royally but ultimately this can be pinned on HENNING NOT HENNE! The first two turnovers cost us dearly.

Henning needs to go. Our defense was up to the task, now if there was only a way to camoflauge Sapp and Jason Allen back there.

I think imma puke!

oh oh oh more good news, we play in Cincy next week YAY ROAD GAME!!!!

In the interview with Ike after the game he says that a ref was saying "white ball, white ball" as he was coming up from the pile. If thats true then at least one ref saw a dolpin with possession of the ball. So does that mean a refs word doesnt hold more weight than video evidence?

Troubling that this guy gets to call the game.
For him, business will be booming on Monday morning.
There's gonna be some money exchanged under the table in PA tonight.


call mr. steratore and let him now how u feel i just left a nice message for old geno and the steratore family...

We gave away Camarillo for a worthless sapp!

I'm a loyal reader and have already commented on this stuff. Since you read the blog comments Armando, please tell the people who made the iphone app that commenting is tedious. The font is way too small and you don't get any auto correcting that is normal with the iPhone. It makes it very hard to comment on the iPhone, the place I read and comment on the articles 99.99999% of the time. Just sayin'

thanks to google search, lame NFL refs are no longer immune to the wrath of the wronged fan thanks MANDO!!

For the Cincinnati game, the officials are from Dayton, OH which is just down the road.


Good for you sir!

The NFL is now unequivocally a tainted product.

go get em R and R I expect that man and his family should be hearing plenty from this gang for many years to come, starting RIGHT NOW...his grandchildren will be hearing from my grandchildren i assure you...50 years from now some squeaky kid w my last name is gonna call geno the third with the toilet bowl brush and hoover products and berate him for his grandpappys bs call...

..and since they are on East Coast time, they should have PLENTY OF VOICEMAILS from Flipper fans when they walk in at 9AM to their stinkin outhouse cleaning business...cuz his calls smeell like sh-t...MANDO!! most pertinent info youhave ever given any of us EVER!!



djrob gets "Post of the Night" honors.

hope that a-hole looses

Rapistberger says he had possession of the ball in the end zone.
Yeah ok...and Sexual Assault is a non-chargeable offense.

maybe we could win a game if this crappy defense could get a third down stop once in a while!!

This reminds me of the Saints game last year. Nothing is worse than having to beat the referees as well as a good team.

What a crock! I'm sick and tired of it!

tnks R and R unfortunately we have beenmissing the real R and R show and thats a shame..

I wonder if the ref flies back on the Pittsburgh team flight.

Things that make you say... hmmm!

The play calling is too conservative.When Miami took the lead in the 4th qtr,you could tell that they were not going to try for the TD,but rather set up for a FG.That kind of non-sense has to stop.Chad Henne played a good game today.I actually think I saw him do a pump fake too.
The Dolphins lost,but it doesn't help when the refs make mistakes like that.I'm sure we will be hearing more about the call.

not only that but he absloutely hit a pass to fasano along the sideline which had to be his fourth read as he looked right all the way and then left and released quickly and to the correct side for Fasano to catch and run slowly but surely he is getting better...would love to see him work with a modern day OC

Bottom line...officials make the correct call on the field...Dolphins win. The officials failed to make correct call...Dolphins lossed. Thats it....package the stench anyway you like.

The line on the game was PIT -3 so stop with 'the game was fixed' BS - if you took the Fins and points you're a winner. The game was lost in the first quarter after the second fumble recovery and subsequent 2nd FG - go for it on 4th and either make it or PIT takes over on their own 5 yd line. This is symptomatic of the same wimpy play calling that has been going on the last 2 years. Same as in the Ravens playoff game when the Fins recovered a fumble, marched to the Ravens red zone a kicked a FG. The daring play calling from the first year the trifecta took over and we went 11-5 has been relatively non existant since then for the most part. This coincides with Henne being the starter, or perhaps the flukey 11-5 changed every bodies strategy - but to run 3 times in the first quarter off the 2nd turnover; then kick a FG with even throwing at Bmarsh in the end zone speaks to the lack of balls and/or confidence in the offense and until that is fixed nothing will change. There is nothing to lose now so turn Henne lose and finish out the year playing to win. PS kickoff return coverage was horrendous today and why not put (undrafted FA) Wallace back on KO returns?

Referee Gene definitely put the "rat" in steRATore! What a sorry excuse for a ref and his crew...The nfl lost its credibility for sure with this debacle...

Bad beat,move on!

Why do we NEVER even try to stretch the field? WTF are these coaches afraid of? Even if you throw it away, you make the defense have to RESPECT that part of the game, and defend against it, which opens up the underneath stuff.

Our gameplan should be to at least throw a long pass once every half, and preferrably on first down. But Henning only called like 2 or 3 first down passes all game. Even with the game on the line and less than 2:30 left on the clock.

And again, second or third game in a row, not a single pass of more than 15-18 yards downfield. I'm talking the flight of the ball, not the YAC.


If you'll notice, our offense has two primary problems. Getting cranked up and finishing.

To be a true championship contender at our present state either the offense or special teams will have to score td's.

Usually win the offense starts rolling a little we began bogging down about the 35yd line on in. There's a reason for that.

If you'll notice from about the 35ydline in Marshall seems to become more of non-factor. Marshall isnt going to blow by any corner on a consistent basis.

From the 35ydline on in all the defense has to do is roll over the top safety help on Marshall and pretty much take him out of the offense. Bess isnt going to blow by anyone over the top and Hartline struggles to consistently get enough separation to be a primary target.

So if our running game isnt really clicking at that point, thus we bog down.


First you gotta have a wr to stretch the field with. Marshall doesnt have blazing speed and neither does Bess. Hartline's speed scares no dbacks enough to get a generous cushion.

So what wth are we going to stretch the field with?

You have no speed at the receiver position, he's in San Fran. Not smart play calling on the last drive,you can't get pass inter. on a dump pass!

Every idiot and thier mother knows we need to stretch the field. Henning knows we need to stretch the field. But wth do we have on our roster to legitimately stretch the field with?

We had Ted Ginn but he couldnt catch. We could stretch the field with him but if the wr rarely catches the ball the safety will still cheat towards the other recievers.

Stretching the field and not being able to take advantage of it is pretty senseless too.

Dying My opinion of why we bog down in the red zone is because we cannot run it when we get down there. I wish someone could tell me what the YPC are in the redzone. It is a lot easier to move the ball through the air from 20-20 and we do it well. But we get shutdown in the redzone, so it looks like bad playcalling. Until we can run it a little when we get down there teams will set up in their nickle , or dime and force things underneath. It took Bess a couple of broken tackles to get into the endzone, Pitt had that defended well.

Been a Dolphin fan for about 30 years now and this has to be the most disappoining
loss i can remember. The monday night meltdown against the jets some years back, the 62-7 playoff loss to Jacksonville and the special teams nightmare against new england this year were all terrible. This one has a different sting with it. This game we played well enough to win. We made the play we had to make when we had to make it, and the officials stole the victory away! I hope and believe this loss will bring this team together and cause them to play the rest of this season with a chip on their shoulders.

If we had a true speedster on the otherside of Marshall that can catch. The db would have to respect his deep speed and catching ability by giving a 8-10yd cushion off the line of scrimmage.

This means the defense basically concedes a 8-10yd catch nearly every passing down. Because of Hartline's lack of explosive speed he gets play jam up on the line of scrimmage nearly every play and has to fight for separation. that's not ideal for your #2wr if #1 wr isnt a speed demon too.

Dec.19th we're going to pound you guys like a drum!

Darryl Dunphy,

from about the 35yd line on in everything gets more difficult because the field shrinks and all of the defenders become more close to the line of scrimmage. We gotta get a speed demon who can catch. He increases the offensive option. From the 35yd line on in you need as many offensive options as you can possibly get to break the defense's will.

Someone needs to tell Ronnie Brown that he's not a scatback, He's supposed to be a big back with decent speed and power. Choose the hole and freaking run with some authority.

If we could score more points we would even run the ball more effectively. There a double effect:

1. When you can jump to measurable leads you began to break the defense's spirit.

2. When you began to break a defense's spirit run defense is one of the first thing to go.

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