There is indeed a God, and now it seems there’s little doubt He’s a Steelers fan. The Heavenly Father showed His fandom again last night during Pittsburgh’s zebra-aided win over visiting Chicago. One of the worst penalty calls of the season — maybe ever — proved what many have suspected since the dawn of time. When it’s laundry day upstairs and Our Father’s Big Ben throwback jersey is in the wash, He prefers to toss on stripes.
Meanwhile, Cassius Marsh of Chicago but formerly of Pittsburgh was apparently playing the role of the sinner last night. He was flagged for an egregious taunting call with under four minutes remaining in a tight Monday Night Football game that Pittsburgh would eventually win by a score of 29-27.
Here’s video of “taunting” on Cassius Marsh. What a joke. Not a word was said. Looking at the sideline.
And ref LEANED in!! pic.twitter.com/iSthDECHBK
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 9, 2021
During the fourth quarter, Chicago trailed Pittsburgh 23-20 with less than four minutes to play. That’s when Marsh dragged down Ben Roethlisberger on third and eight and seemingly forced Pittsburgh to punt. But official Tony Corrente had other plans. Divine intervention told him to call the most ridiculous penalty of the 2021 season, if not ever.
After Marsh sacked Big Ben, he had the nerve to display the smallest bit of excitement while facing the Pittsburgh sideline. As he turned to head back to his own side of the field, Corrente clearly hip checked Marsh, well after the play and celebration had ended, then emphatically tossed a yellow flag into the air with all the authority of this world and the next. The call? Taunting.
Corrente’s egregious call wasn’t the only questionable call that went against Chicago. The Bears were penalized 12 times for 115 yards. They even had a touchdown negated by a phantom penalty. Pittsburgh, whose practice facility is apparently a house in the Vatican, was flagged only five times for 30 yards.
Following the game, Marsh shared the view of everyone outside of Pittsburgh.
“I just think that was incredibly inappropriate,” Marsh said about the taunting penalty. “I think that one was just bad timing. It’s pretty clear to everybody who saw it that I wasn’t taunting. I’ve been doing the celebration my whole career. It’s just sad to see stuff like that happen in a close game like that.”
The Lord works in mysterious ways, especially when Pittsburgh’s playing.
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