There were no rules then- the "snow plow" rule went into effect the following year b/c of this incident and Shula's crying. Ron Meyer did tell the plow operator to clear the spot, nobody disputes that, but it wasn't against the rules. Shula could have asked for the same courtesy.
02- is that a serious comment? Why would the Commissioner give the trophy to the Falcons? The Falcons already gave it to the Patriots.
There a site called www.yourteamcheats.com which scores and ranks all the NFL teams in terms of their "cheating". I would call your attention to the Patriots who are ranked 17th on that list with a score of less than half of the elite cheaters, the #1 Denver Broncos. Oh, who could ever forget the Broncos paying their two Hall of Famers, Elway and Owens, under the table to circumvent the salary cap during their two Super Bowl years.
You want to take away a Lombardi Trophy? Start there. Denver's cheating the salary cap is far, far more egregious than anybody deflating footballs (unproven, BTW) or having the snowplow operator swipe the kicking area.
Also, the holier than thou Dolphins are ranked #9 on that list, the highly respecter Steelers are 3rd and the choir boy Jaguars are #31.
I was just kidding PF.