Tim MacMahon, ESPN:
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban considers the many critics of the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to pass from the 1-yard line with the Super Bowl on the line to be “idiots.”

Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the goal line by New England Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler with 20 seconds remaining, killing the Seahawks’ comeback hopes. That prompted an avalanche of criticism from people who thought Seattle should have handed the ball to Pro Bowl running Marshawn Lynch, a group that included many current and former NFL players.

Mark Cuban's fines and suspensions - Overall total: $1,940,000 + ??, 3 games suspended. Mark can question all the NBA calls he wants because he has the resources to cover such inquiries.

6/20/06 $250,000 For "several acts of misconduct" following the
6/18/06 game at Miami (game 5), including yelling
a ref, staring down NBA Commissioner David Stern, and cursing to
the media.

1/8/02 $500,000 For comments about the officiating after the Dal-SA
game and comments about league head ref Ed Rush.
[the Dairy Queen comments]

These are a few of Mark Cuban's questions concerning the officiating in NBA games.
So what I say is worth what it’s worth, but they’ve never been in a situation where you’ve got to make a call where everything, literally everything, is on the line. If you’re afraid to go with what’s gotten you there, you’re not long for this league.”

While it is admirable for Mark Cuban to stick up for Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, does he realize that contrary to popular belief, the Seahawks could have run three plays in their closing drive in the final 26 seconds. The Seahawks had one remaining timeout, and did not have to throw the ball. “We didn't want to waste a running play there,” Carroll said.

Cedric Maxwell, color analyst for the Boston Celtics, has gone on record as saying that Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitski is "a better player than Larry Bird." With the game on the line for the Mavericks, Dallas owner Mark Cuban would be justified in wanting the ball in Nowitski's hands for the world title.

RB Marshawn Lynch was used as decoy for the biggest play in Super Bowl history. The young third year QB Russell Wilson threw the ball to a seldom used WR Ricardo Lockette who had 18 catches in his NFL career. That is similar to Dirk Nowitski passing up his title "shot" so he can keep the other younger players involved. Mark Cuban, the owner would banish his star player and head coach to the "Russian Front."

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll faced a similar title changing decision in the 2006 Rose Bowl when his University of Southern California Trojans faced the University of Texas for the national crown. Faced with a fourth and two at the Texas 45, Pete Carroll removed his best player, Heisman Trophy RB Reggie Bush. The Texas defense concentrated on the fullback LenDale White, and stopped him one yard short of the first down. Texas marched 55 yards for the winning tally in a 41-38 victory.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

Adi Joseph, USA Today:
"You don't; there's no law against stupid," Cuban said. "I'm the one guy who says don't force the stupid people to be quiet. I want to know who the morons are."

The amendment was put in place for times like this. "It’s the worst call ever." It is not even debatable.

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.

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