Super Bowl XLIII MVP Holmes Fined for TD Celebration


Looks like Super Bowl XLIII MVP WR Santonio Holmes is going to be missing a little cash following being fined $10,000 for using the ball as a prop after the game-winning TD.

A fine for using the ball as a prop is standard procedure, but one thing that still remains a sore spot with the Cardinals is why was Holmes not flagged on the play.

If a player uses the ball as a prop, the team takes a 15-yard penalty, and the player takes a $10,000 hit. V.P. of officiating Mike Pereira did say in the days after the game that a flag should have been thrown, but that the celebration occurred so long after the play that the officials didn’t notice it.

A flag would have meant that the Steelers would have kicked off from the 15-yard line, meaning that the Cards could have probably had a better shot in that final drive.


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2 Responses to “Super Bowl XLIII MVP Holmes Fined for TD Celebration”

  1. Jarrett Pautz says:

    Super Bowl 43

    Cardinals vs. Referees…pretty obvious and blatent

  2. AER says:

    There was a video on NFL.com shortly after the super bowl explaining some of the controversial calls, INCLUDING ones AGAINST Pittsburgh. Anyway, this was one of the analyzed calls, and the referee did exactly as he was supposed to…he stood over Holmes right after he caught the TD to make sure he wasn’t going to celebrate excessively. The ref turned his back to Holmes and the rest of the celebrating players, and immediately after that is when Holmes did the whole LeBron thing. Don’t believe me? It’s all on video. A ref kinda needs to SEE the penalty to call it.

    And there were some ridiculous calls that DID NOT get called against Arizona, like when Kurt Warner removed his helmet TWICE on the field. Or when Fitzgerald ran out of bounds and then ran back in bounds to tackle Harrison. I’m soooooo friggin’ sick of “Arizona vs. the refs” because it’s a sad excuse for losing a game. You lost because your D couldn’t hold the Steeler O and a Ben Roethlisberger who created 16 fourth quarter winning drives. The difference maker was Ben driving 78 yards AFTER A HOLDING PENALTY and making a very risky throw for the winning TD.

    NFL = No Fun League. Using the ball as a prop shouldn’t even be a penalty. It’s a money making scheme by the NFL. AZ fans need to stop crying. Game over, new season starts early in September. If you’re so sure you would have won if it weren’t for some crybaby penalties, come back next season and prove that you deserved to be in that game.

    Ugh.