Omg I can't believe how many women don't feel it! Bunny McFluff you hit the nail on the head, lol! It felt EXACTLY like that for me with both births! The pain was so awful for DD1's birth that I would not push her out - she was crowning for about an hour and I couldn't push the flaming soccer ball out. The OB finally gave me a block and episiotomy and I got her out.
For DD2's birth, I decided maybe the reason I hurt so bad the first time around was because I was flat on my back on the bed, and because I was told to push when I didn't feel pushy. I thought maybe this time, if I get into a better position and wait until I really feel pushy it won't hurt. OH was I wrong! The urge to push was overwhelming, I squatted and pushed and there was the flaming soccer ball again. It took every ounce of primal energy to just push it out - DD2 came shooting out of me so fast it probably knocked the OB to the floor.
I'm jealous of those of you that never felt it. How do you do it?