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View Poll Results: Harris vs. Holmes
Franco Harris - The Immaculate Reception 37 51.39%
Santonio Holmes - Super Bowl XLIII catch 35 48.61%
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default Harris vs. Holmes

now, i know there have been many amazing plays in the annals of Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh sports history and basically, it would be hard as hell to pick just one.

so, i wanted to start a small debate by choosing two of what would be considered some of the greatest plays in all of sports history. the one: dating back to the birth of the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty of the 1970s, The Immaculate Reception. the other: the most recent super play to cap off a 6th Super Bowl title.

i ask, which is better? Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception or Santonio Holmes' game winning Super Bowl XLIII grab en route to title number 6? i'm sure this is debatable to no end and i'm sure there are plenty of opinions that goes either way. but just a nice friendly debate would be nice and i want to hear your opinions. this topic has been discussed over and over at the watercooler at work (literally) and it swings both ways.

i want to know what you guys think. thanks for your time reading this. i hope it flies. =)
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Harris vs. Holmes

While both plays were phenomenal game breakers, I have to go with The Immaculate Reception, as that amazing play developed with the Steelers facing fourth-and-10 on their own 40-yard line with 22 seconds remaining in the game and no time-outs. It was do or die for the Steelers and that play truly was their last chance to win that game.
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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While both plays were phenomenal game breakers, I have to go with The Immaculate Reception, as that amazing play developed with the Steelers facing fourth-and-10 on their own 40-yard line with 22 seconds remaining in the game and no time-outs. It was do or die for the Steelers and that play truly was their last chance to win that game.
i'm not doubting The Immaculate Reception was amazing, but i voted for Santonio Holmes catch for the simple fact it won our 6th championship. TIR was stellar and it showed great athleticism (sp) but all it did was win a game with their backs to the wall. (like Holmes catch.) i know TIR is considered one of the greatest plays EVER, but the play was basically a fluke and we went down, scored, and won the game. but where did it get us, aside from the fact that it is now considered the greatest play ever. i mean, it truly is a great play, but we lost the AFC Championship game to the Dolphins the next week. so, it was a great play that got us nowhere.

the Holmes catch got us a Super Bowl and there's no debate around it. it wasn't a fluke, it was sheer atheleticism, and it got us a title. i lean towards the Holmes catch. i hope i'm not the only one really. haha!
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Holmes catch wasnt even the best play in SBXLIII........Harrison's INT was.
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Holmes catch wasnt even the best play in SBXLIII........Harrison's INT was.
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Without the immaculate reception what might the future have been?

Franco's catch for me thanks.
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Without the immaculate reception what might the future have been?
I think a statement like this does a terrible disservice to Chuck Noll. Immaculate Reception or no Immaculate Reception, Noll was going to make the Steelers a great team one way or the other. No Immaculate Reception, at worst, would've just prolonged the inevitable. Of course, I do believe going on to get beat by the Dolphins served as a good lesson for a dynasty that was yet to rise, but that dynasty was going to rise either way IMO.

My vote is for Holmes' catch. It was in the SUPER BOWL, and it had absolutely NOTHING to do with luck. Franco benefited from the element of surprise when half of the Raiders didn't know what was going on. Holmes made a toe tapping catch in TRIPLE COVERAGE.
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Default Re: Harris vs. Holmes

I'm going to say Holmes, just because with the Immaculate Reception, Franco Harris just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Holmes made that play, if you get my drift. By the way, how do you make a poll on these forums?
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I think a statement like this does a terrible disservice to Chuck Noll. Immaculate Reception or no Immaculate Reception, Noll was going to make the Steelers a great team one way or the other. No Immaculate Reception, at worst, would've just prolonged the inevitable. Of course, I do believe going on to get beat by the Dolphins served as a good lesson for a dynasty that was yet to rise, but that dynasty was going to rise either way IMO.

My vote is for Holmes' catch. It was in the SUPER BOWL, and it had absolutely NOTHING to do with luck. Franco benefited from the element of surprise when half of the Raiders didn't know what was going on. Holmes made a toe tapping catch in TRIPLE COVERAGE.
i always hear that The Immaculate Recepetion was the birth of what sports became in the city of Pittsburgh. i always disagreed and said Pittsburgh sports was put on the map due to Mazeroski's game winning home run in the 1960 World Series. i think that was a defining moment in Pittsburgh sports history.

i think the Immaculate Reception was amazing, but a nice chunk of good luck and great awareness. period. it'll forever be known as the greatest play, but a fluke play nonetheless.

the Holmes catch was far more amazing because of the game winning drive to get to that catch. triple coverage and his tip toes put us ahead of the game and the chalked another championship up on the tally sheet. granted, the defense picked up a fumble recovery on the next Arizona play, but if it wasn't for Holmes catch, it'd be a much bigger upset than Giants over Patriots and we'd never hear the end of it.
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With all due respect to Santonio, the Immaculate Reception started the Steelers dynasty. That play and win proved the Steelers had arrived in the NFL. The rest, as they say, is history. Anyone voting the other way is under 40. JMHO.
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