No they don't, but it's one year. What you're saying is that if Wiggins was in the team instead of Love, they would have made the Finals and beaten GS? I guess that may be true given Love and Kyrie were both injured for the finals but we're talking about a single season as a sample size where Wiggins was a rookie (and might also have been injured). Given that Cleveland is 11-3 this season, they're not exactly missing Wiggins even though I still thoroughly believe it was short sighted.
If he's wondering what if, then he's an idiot. It was plain as day what was going to happen with Wiggins. He wanted instant gratification and it did work out for them to an extent (leading East, in championship).
Can't remember the last time I saw Peko get in the face of a referee. Not his style. He's about the calmest, most genuine person on the team. It's why he still plays, more so than his actual ability. Great, a guy next to him flinches (before the Cardinals guy) yet no one else does on the line does (nor anyone else on Cardinals). And yes, there was a ref 7 yards behind (refs have been 5 feet from a call before and missed it) in a stadium with players in front of him yelling stuff and getting set. Maybe Peko's voice caused him to think he heard something plus the Cardinals pointing (we've never seen the other team point on a false start before). Maybe he actually did it even though in the 12 years I've been watching the Bengals, I've never seen it called on them (Peko has been here since 2006 and we've been in that situation more than once). I don't know. But out of all the calls you could call indisputable, I'm totally missing that. Either way, it doesn't matter. He would have made the kick anyway. I'm more annoyed with calls like this going completely unnoticed while calls like this are called. Calls that can majorly affect the game (one stalls a drive, the other takes away 50+ yards of field position).
I believe it. Feels like a call that people only remember if it happened to their team since it's rare. Either way, not sure how Pony believes it's indisputable that it was the right call given we can't see or hear what he was actually saying and Lewis went way out of his way to defend it.
It certainly didn't help. Never fun to have to fight the refs and a really good team. That being said, Bengals had their opportunities. They had zero fumble luck throughout the game. They allowed Palmer to throw 3 passes for 60 yards in under a minute with no timeouts. They had an opportunity to get the first down and run down the clock on a 3rd and 2 but instead chose to throw for the end zone. It was the little things that lost them the game in the end, that and their entire secondary decimated by injury in this game. I don't know what the narrative is today but on twitter, with national writers, it was the same as always. No recognition that they were down by 10 pts with 6 minutes left and managed to come back. No recognition that they scored 31 pts on the road in a prime time game. The narrative took over and it was about another prime time loss and how they're still poor when the lights are on. Pretty standard and mostly expected.
Either way, the loss was avoidable at the end. You have to hand it off on 3rd and 2, not only was it there, but even if it isn't, you run the clock down to 30s and he has little time to get down the field. Just a poor football play.