Thursday, January 19, 2006
Morelli: 'Damn straight it was a conspiracy'
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL acknowledged this past Monday that referee Pete Morelli made a mistake when he overturned Troy Polamalu's interception in Sunday's Divisional Playoff game.
But the apology was premature.
"Of course it was a bad call," Morelli told sources. "What the fuck you do you think I was trying to do? Let Pittsburgh win? C'mon."
After the game, Steelers' linebacker Joey Porter told the media that he thought that the refs were, "cheating us," and that the poor call was a conspiracy to get Peyton Manning and the Colts into the AFC Championship game.
Turns out that Porter was right.
"Damn straight it was a conspiracy," Morelli said. "We (all of the refs) talked before the game how it was essential that Indianapolis won. If I had to see Ben Roethlisberger and his fucking hippie-ass beard for another game, I was gonna puke."
When Mike Vanderjagt missed the game-tying field goal, Morelli was seen on the field, albeit by few, mouthing the words, "He missed it."
Asked why he was so intent on the Colts winning, Morelli said, "Because I like Peyton Manning. I find his southern drag sexy."
Manning has not addressed Morelli's comments, but Manning, trying to be a "good teammate," plans to thank Morelli for giving the Colts a chance to win by taking him to dinner and a movie next week.
Sources say that Brokeback Mountain is playing in select Indianapolis theaters.
In other news: Seahawks' lineman Sean Locklear was cleared to play in Sunday's game after being released from jail for beating Jason Kidd's wife.