NFL Super Bowl open thread

posted at 12:31 pm on February 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Are you ready forone last bit of football?  The 2012 season comes down to two teams, two brothers, one party town, and about a billion viewers.  Neither San Francisco nor Baltimore were favored to reach Super Bowl XLVII, but they scratched and clawed their way past every other NFL team to vie for the Lombardi Trophy — and to ride out the biggest hype in the biggest event in sports.

Before we get to the pick, let’s catch up on a couple of related stories to today’s game.  First, deer across North America can breathe easier today, because it turns out Ray Lewis isn’t snorting their antlers after all … or at least no one saw him do it:

The man who reportedly supplied Ray Lewis with deer-antler spray can’t confirm the Baltimore Ravens linebacker ever used the stuff.

Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Lewis sought help from a company called Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS), which says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a naturally occurring banned product connected to human growth hormone.

Mitch Ross spoke for nearly an hour outside the Super Bowl media center Friday in a bizarre session that revealed very little about his connection with Lewis. The linebacker has denied ever using the substance.

Asked if Lewis ever tried deer-antler spray, Ross said, “I never saw him put it in his mouth.”

Meanwhile, the players have been hanging out in New Orleans all week long, notorious as a party town.  But NFL players are disciplined, focused professionals who eschew the night life … all right, I didn’t type that with a straight face.  It’s not just the night life that can trip you up, but also boneheaded and weirdly intolerant comments:

But there will be distractions. History says so. For every Justin Smith, a 49ers defensive end who packed just a duffel bag for his eight-day stay and rarely leaves the hotel, there is a Super Bowl cautionary tale about a football player, fueled by testosterone, curiosity and boredom, who ventured out of the team bubble and onto the police blotter.

It’s human nature. And distractions don’t come only in the form of a rabble-rousing football player. It can be a grandma who is locked out of her hotel room, a screaming toddler or a young player who says something regrettable in one of the hundreds of media interviews during Super Bowl week.

It happened Tuesday, when 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver told a shock jock that he wouldn’t accept an openly gay man on his football team. Within hours, the interview went viral and the 49ers went into damage-control mode. Culliver apologized, but it never ends there during Super Bowl week. His teammates were soon peppered with questions about homophobia.

“I didn’t sleep that much,” Culliver said. “I tossed and turned thinking about it.

“We are trying not to have any distractions to the team.”

It was only Thursday morning.

Say, don’t the 49ers play in San Francisco?  And shouldn’t Culliver be more concerned with on-field skill than off-field lifestyles?

So both teams have had their distractions this week.  Who’s going to … y’know … actually win the game?

I’m picking the 49ers, although I don’t think it will be easy.  Statistically, the Ravens are a mediocre team, who happen to be peaking at the right moment.  A two-week gap won’t benefit that kind of a team; a bye benefits a team with mild injuries who play more consistently well, not the team riding on week-to-week momentum.  The Ravens D is only 17th against the pass and 20th against the run, and they’re older.  That will allow Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore to get the most out of their read-option offense, and it’s going to tire out the defensive backers of the Ravens by the second half.

On the other side of the ball, Baltimore’s Joe Flacco has picked up confidence in his deep passing game — but he’s going up against the 4th-ranked defense against both the pass and the run.  The Ravens are only 15th in passing and 11th in rushing — not bad, but not elite.  If the 49ers break into the lead early, the Ravens are not going to be able to play comeback as easily as they did against the Broncos, especially with San Francisco watching that game film for the last two weeks.

The 49ers will outlast the Ravens in this one.  San Francisco 31-23 over Baltimore.

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So, by taking that safety, the ravens then were able to do a normal kickoff instead of punting where the 49ers would be closer to the goal line?

karenhasfreedom on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Something like that. He used up 7 seconds while taking the safety. Then time ran out on the kickoff play.

TarheelBen on February 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

So, by taking that safety, the ravens then were able to do a normal kickoff instead of punting where the 49ers would be closer to the goal line?

karenhasfreedom on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

The Ravens punted the ball.

chewmeister on February 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

So, by taking that safety, the ravens then were able to do a normal kickoff instead of punting where the 49ers would be closer to the goal line?

karenhasfreedom on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

What was key was they ran 8 seconds off the clock, when there were only 12 left, so there was only time for one more play – the free kick from the 20 yard line.

22044 on February 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

It’s over … thank you Lord.

We had a great dinner … time to get ready for a new week.

I have to work and pay for all of the moochys … football is a nice distraction for a season … now we can get on with the real sports event that isn’t just another game … NASCAR is coming, see ya at Daytona.

ORrighty on February 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Congrats to Ray Lewis.

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer murderer.

gumbyandpokey on February 3, 2013 at 11:10 PM

***thread winner, goodnight from Possum Holler.

PappyD61 on February 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

I think we look pretty good…and it was nice of Bishop to join us. He looks pretty good in purple.

Laura in Maryland on February 3, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Love it!!

katy the mean old lady on February 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Who is the OJ man in the wheelchair?

Jackalope on February 3, 2013 at 11:02 PM

OJ Brigance. Ravens player who contracted ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Isn’t it weird that Lou Gehrig died from Lou Gehrig’s disease?

RadClown on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Hey, give Bishop a break. He’s in Minnesota where they’ve won all those Lombardi Trophies.

chewmeister on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Steelers, Devils, Twins. When you gotta choose a team, ignore those borders.

Don’t ignore the border if Wisconsin is nearby though, you don’t want to accidentally wander into that cesspool.

Bishop on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Maybe Baltimore fans will finally stop hammering Flacco. I worked in MD most of last year and I couldn’t believe the relentless gripes from most of the fans.

forest on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

…not that there’s anything wrong with that….

viking01 on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM Ted Kennedy

Bishop on February 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Steelers, Devils, Twins. When you gotta choose a team, ignore those borders.

Don’t ignore the border if Wisconsin is nearby though, you don’t want to accidentally wander into that cesspool utopia.

Bishop on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

FIFY. Had to.

chewmeister on February 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

Well, now time to watch my super bowl of shows – Pawn Stars!

TarheelBen on February 3, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Isn’t it weird that Lou Gehrig died from Lou Gehrig’s disease?

RadClown on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Duuude…you’re freakin’ me out, man!

JimLennon on February 3, 2013 at 11:22 PM

…not that there’s anything wrong with that….

viking01 on February 3, 2013 at 11:11 PM Ted Kennedy Hillary Clinton

Bishop on February 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

FIFY

viking01 on February 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Maybe Baltimore fans will finally stop hammering Flacco. I worked in MD most of last year and I couldn’t believe the relentless gripes from most of the fans.

forest on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Flacco has never gotten much respect. Maybe he will now.

TarheelBen on February 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

OJ Brigance. Ravens player who contracted ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Isn’t it weird that Lou Gehrig died from Lou Gehrig’s disease?

RadClown on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Thanks for the answer

Jackalope on February 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Beyonce = BORING. Beautiful woman, but dull, dull, dull halftime show. All her stuff sounds the same to me.

For the 2014 Super Bowl, how about an actual musical GROUP once again? Coldplay or Maroon 5 would be excellent choices.

OneVision on February 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Ravens by a FG.

Del Dolemonte on February 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Do I win anything?

Hate to say it, but the C-BS TV “announcers” seemed to be inordinately in the tank for SF in the second half. Just my opinion.

Del Dolemonte on February 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Yeah for the Tuohy family!!!

Resist We Much on February 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Just got home and can’t be bothered to scroll back through all the comments, but guys… how amazing was that Paul Harvey commercial?

Sure beats Eastwood getting played as an unwitting pawn by the administration and government motors.

As for the game, great fun. Never understood why they really needed to stop play, but as the Ravens still won and I didn’t have any money on it, don’t really care. Glad Flacco got MVP, and not some Ray Lewis nonsense. Also glad Kruger got to show how underrated he is with that visible sack early in the game.

Gingotts on February 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Didn’t the Ravens fans go to the game?

IlikedAUH2O on February 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Gingotts on February 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM

The Paul Harvey commercial was the BESTest!

ORrighty on February 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Maybe Baltimore fans will finally stop hammering Flacco. I worked in MD most of last year and I couldn’t believe the relentless gripes from most of the fans.

forest on February 3, 2013 at 11:16 PM

I’m a Peyton Manning fan and was in Baltimore when Denver blew out the Ravens 34-17 this past December. Flacco threw a bad pick sick just before halftime that made it 17-3. You wouldn’t believe the stuff I heard from Ravens fans about Flacco. Everyone wanted him gone.

I tried telling them that the kid threw a bad pass but is a pretty good QB and that he’s their QB of the future.

Just funny how fans overreact during losing and how they pin it all wrongly on one guy.

LevinFan on February 3, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Too bad it’s too late for The Ramones to do the halftime show.

viking01 on February 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM

For the 2014 Super Bowl, how about an actual musical GROUP once again? Coldplay or Maroon 5 would be excellent choices.

OneVision on February 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM

First we get the lip syncher, now you want to rub salt in the wound by having that no talent douchebag Adam Levine pollute next year’s Super Bowl? No, thank you.

fitzfong on February 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Ray Lewis, 17 seasons, 12 Pro Bowls, 7-time All Pro, 2-time SUPER BOWL CHAMPION!! — Next stop – HALL OF FAME!!

WV. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM

I for one happily fast forwarded through Beyonces halftime show.

1. It was disgusting that she loves obama. Is she a true socialist or just a racist supporting him b/c he’s black just like Jay Z does?

2. Embarrassing she had to lip sync at maobama’s immaculation.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Worst theft in Super Bowl history. Hope the refs got a helluva payday from Ray “the murderer” Lewis on that one. Crabtree was molested and the refs swallowed their whistle.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Do I win anything?

Hate to say it, but the C-BS TV “announcers” seemed to be inordinately in the tank for SF in the second half. Just my opinion.

Del Dolemonte on February 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

You were clearly wrong. Simms hates the Niners and never gives them a fair shot. He’s worse than Aikman like that.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Ray Lewis, 17 seasons, 12 Pro Bowls, 7-time All Pro, 2-time SUPER BOWL CHAMPION!! — Next stop – HALL OF FAME!!

WV. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM

you forgot double-homicide

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 AM

The Paul Harvey commercial was the BESTest!

ORrighty on February 3, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Durn skippy!!!

Also didn’t watch Beyonce. Watching players in a blackout standing around with their thumbs in their asses didn’t warrant a change of channel, but the promise of a halftime show with that obnoxious bint sure did.

Gingotts on February 4, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Worst theft in Super Bowl history. Hope the refs got a helluva payday from Ray “the murderer” Lewis on that one. Crabtree was molested and the refs swallowed their whistle.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

I got one of those Stealers Terrible towels for you, To wipe those tears with. Stole it from them after we beat they’re azz this year. The Stealer fans are gonna need it back next season though.

WV. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM

Worst theft in Super Bowl history. Hope the refs got a helluva payday from Ray “the murderer” Lewis on that one. Crabtree was molested and the refs swallowed their whistle.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

They were both grabbing each other, Crabtree pushed off just before the ball got there. It was also an uncatchable ball.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

you forgot double-homicide

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 AM

He rob, Raven hater I’ve got 4 words to say to you ” Baltimore Ravens Superbowl Champions!”

WV. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

They were both grabbing each other, Crabtree pushed off just before the ball got there. It was also an uncatchable ball.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Defensive holding doesn’t matter if the ball was catchable. He had his arms wrapped around him and grabbed the back of Crabtree’s jersey. He knew the refs had no guts to make the obvious call. Game was stolen.

He rob, Raven hater I’ve got 4 words to say to you ” Baltimore Ravens Superbowl Champions!”

WV. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Congrats on supporting a double-murderer and serial baby daddy. 6 kids with 4 women. Such a role model.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

They were both grabbing each other, Crabtree pushed off just before the ball got there. It was also an uncatchable ball.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:12 AM

To me (neutral for this game) it looked like the best defensive move was the defender faking out the receiver on where the ball was going. By the time the pass was arriving the receiver appeared to be looking in the wrong direction (following the head fake of the defender) then looked over the right way and tried to correct way too late.

viking01 on February 4, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Congrats on supporting a double-murderer and serial baby daddy. 6 kids with 4 women. Such a role model.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Wow rob such a sore loser. Shouldn’t you not have a dog in this fight being from NJ. Can’t root for the Jets? BTW your juxtaposition is completely wrong. Just a rival slime of an opposing player. You should just man up and stop with all the fallacies

WV. Paul on February 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Defensive holding doesn’t matter if the ball was catchable. He had his arms wrapped around him and grabbed the back of Crabtree’s jersey. He knew the refs had no guts to make the obvious call. Game was stolen.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Again, watch the replay. Crabtree pushed off too. The refs did the right thing and let the players decide it.

Teddy Bruschi said it best: the refs got it right for not handing the superbowl to the niners for rewarding them for a bad play — Kaepernick threw the ball out of bounds and didn’t deserve to get bailed out for it.

Face the facts buddy and stop whining.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

And other thing Rob:

You’re wrong there is NO pass interference on an uncatchable ball!

That ball landed FIVE FEET out of bounds, the players decided it not the refs.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:30 AM

At least the game was close. While not rooting for any particular team I dislike blowouts.

Beyonce while not my choice terms of music taste did forget to put on pants which was forgivable.

Yakko77 on February 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

What’s this about? Was there some sort of game on today?

The Rogue Tomato on February 4, 2013 at 12:33 AM

At least the game was close. While not rooting for any particular team I dislike blowouts.

Beyonce while not my choice terms of music taste did forget to put on pants which was forgivable.

Yakko77 on February 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Haha, she’s an maobama loving skank which in my book is unforgivable.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Too bad it’s too late for The Ramones to do the halftime show.

viking01 on February 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM

+ a lot!

Jackalope on February 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM

He knew the refs had no guts to make the obvious call. Game was stolen.

njrob

Please….they had 4 plays to score from inside the 10, and ran 3 bad plays in a row. They screwed themselves.

xblade on February 4, 2013 at 12:39 AM

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Yeah, that alone lowers the attractive factor quite a bit. I believe some of her “tweets” on election day were exceptionally divisive but then the progs have never been about unity anyways.

Yakko77 on February 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I respect Ray Lewis as a football player — maybe the best MLB of all time but I don’t respect him as a person.

The big question is:

Will he murder anyone tonight??

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Jackalope on February 4, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Gabba gabba hey!

viking01 on February 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Teddy Bruschi said it best: the refs got it right for not handing the superbowl to the niners for rewarding them for a bad play — Kaepernick threw the ball out of bounds and didn’t deserve to get bailed out for it.

Face the facts buddy and stop whining.

LevinFan

So they should reward the Ravens for a bad play instead?

Sorry, but penalties aren’t called based on whether a team deserves it. If it was a penalty, it should have been called. If not, it shouldn’t have been called.

xblade on February 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

So they should reward the Ravens for a bad play instead?

Sorry, but penalties aren’t called based on whether a team deserves it. If it was a penalty, it should have been called. If not, it shouldn’t have been called.

xblade on February 4, 2013 at 12:49 AM

1. It was an uncatchable ball that landed 5 feet out of bounds which negates any pass interference.

2. Both players grabbbed eachother and crabtree pushed off right before the ball was thrown.

Given that it was questionable pass interference at best you gotta let the players decide and not blow the whistle on a controversial call.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Trent Dilfer made a good point:

On one of the Ravens last drives Flacco was hit when he was clearly out of bounds – if that’s called they get 15 yards and maybe score a TD.

The refs didn’t cost the niners the game.

Plus there must be alot of Niner fans from liberal pelosi land in San Fran Sicko — good thing they lost!

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM

The pass play pretty much was over once the block was made. The receiver needed to get beyond the block with the plan to run a flag pattern to meet the pass. The real estate was too crowded for the receiver to run the route and SF should have had a backup receiver in a crossing pattern near the back stripe should the pass go high which it did.

viking01 on February 4, 2013 at 12:56 AM

1. It was disgusting that she loves obama. Is she a true socialist or just a racist supporting him b/c he’s black just like Jay Z does?
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Just like most so-called entertainers, they love capitalism when it involves their pay, but they want to dictate to the rest of us how we should live.

Socialism is for the people not the Socialists.

booger71 on February 4, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I too was surprised about the tackle out of bounds which received no flag. I realize it’s a collision sport and how it can be easy to lose track of the sideline during pursuit but when the emphasis has increased on protecting the quarterbacks….

viking01 on February 4, 2013 at 1:00 AM

1. It was disgusting that she loves obama. Is she a true socialist or just a racist supporting him b/c he’s black just like Jay Z does?
====================
Just like most so-called entertainers, they love capitalism when it involves their pay, but they want to dictate to the rest of us how we should live.

Socialism is for the people not the Socialists.

booger71 on February 4, 2013 at 12:58 AM

That’s exactly why I can’t stand most celebs. I could care less about them going on talk shows and hearing about their privileged lives.

Most athletes are the same way — there is one guy though in Peyton Manning who is a conservative. He donated to Bush in 04, Fred Thompson in 08, and to Romney this year.

Actually, Elway donated to Romney too and introduced Romney at a fundraiser in Denver.

So if you want to root for some good guys, Go Broncos!

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Defensive holding doesn’t matter if the ball was catchable. He had his arms wrapped around him and grabbed the back of Crabtree’s jersey. He knew the refs had no guts to make the obvious call. Game was stolen.

Crabtree initiated the contact AND pushed off. Offsetting penalties at best. Good non-call. You should have the guts to take the loss like a man.

Congrats on supporting a double-murderer and serial baby daddy. 6 kids with 4 women. Such a role model.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

There was zero evidence Lewis was did anything more than help his friends right after the fact. Double murderer? Hardly. And he takes care of and responsibility for his children.

Stu Gotts on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I just watched the Paul Harvey commercial on youtube (it’s been uploaded by multiple people), that y’all have been raving about.

It’s AWESOME ! ! ! . . . . . . . . . We need to protect the farmers from government. That’s the biggest problem they (We?) face.

listens2glenn on February 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

GG, 9ers.

GG and congratulations, Ravens and Ravens fans!

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:20 AM

And other thing Rob:

You’re wrong there is NO pass interference on an uncatchable ball!

That ball landed FIVE FEET out of bounds, the players decided it not the refs.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Learn football. It was defensive holding. The ball wasn’t in the air yet, it was well past 5 yards, he was mugged.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

There was zero evidence Lewis was did anything more than help his friends right after the fact. Double murderer? Hardly. And he takes care of and responsibility for his children.

Stu Gotts on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I agree it was a good no call and Ravens deserved to win but slow your roll!

What happened to Ray’s bloody suit that magically disappeared?? Why did he plead GUILTY to obstruction of justice?? Why did he pay off TWO families?

Why does he give BS answers when asked about it saying God works in mysterious ways… blah blah blah.

There are two people who are no longer with us who will NEVER forgive Red Light Ray.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Learn football. It was defensive holding. The ball wasn’t in the air yet, it was well past 5 yards, he was mugged.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:22 AM

1. it was an UNCATCHABLE ball that landed FIVE FEET out of bounds. That means there is no pass inference period!

2. Both players grabbed each other as crabtree pushed off just as the ball came in.

3. I’ve forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know!

4. Stop crying.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Trent Dilfer made a good point:

On one of the Ravens last drives Flacco was hit when he was clearly out of bounds – if that’s called they get 15 yards and maybe score a TD.

The refs didn’t cost the niners the game.

Plus there must be alot of Niner fans from liberal pelosi land in San Fran Sicko — good thing they lost!

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Baltimore is a craphole of a town on welfare with murders and muggings. Plenty of leftists there so nice try.

You’re quoting a Baltimore Ravens QB. Try getting an unbiased source. It was defensive holding. You don’t even know the right penalty. Get a clue.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Crabtree initiated the contact AND pushed off. Offsetting penalties at best. Good non-call. You should have the guts to take the loss like a man.

another blind fan. The defender had his arms wrapped around Crabtree from the start and was holding the back of his jersey. Most obvious defensive holding penalty and was correctly called in the Miami-Ohio State championship game years ago.

There was zero evidence Lewis was did anything more than help his friends right after the fact. Double murderer? Hardly. And he takes care of and responsibility for his children.

Stu Gotts on February 4, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Zero evidence cause they covered it up. The guy is scum. Give the families of the murdered justice.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Most athletes are the same way — there is one guy though in Peyton Manning who is a conservative. He donated to Bush in 04, Fred Thompson in 08, and to Romney this year.

Actually, Elway donated to Romney too and introduced Romney at a fundraiser in Denver.

So if you want to root for some good guys, Go Broncos!

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Athletes give us somewhat of a better split. A good few in football and baseball. Plenty on our side in golf and definitely Nascar.

Although mostly I like when athletes focus on performing well in their sport rather than telling us how they vote. Same as Clint’s rule for conservatives in Hollywood, I guess, who “don’t go around hot-dogging it.”

And yes, definitely “Go Broncos!” though this is the Ravens’ night.

Gingotts on February 4, 2013 at 1:27 AM

The farmer commercial with Paul Harvey was absolutely incredible. I used to hear him on the radio as a kid, but never like this.

We sat in silence as it played. They deserve Oscars!

PattyJ on February 4, 2013 at 1:27 AM

1. it was an UNCATCHABLE ball that landed FIVE FEET out of bounds. That means there is no pass inference period!

2. Both players grabbed each other as crabtree pushed off just as the ball came in.

3. I’ve forgotten more about football than you’ll ever know!

4. Stop crying.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:24 AM

You clearly don’t know a thing about football because you keep claiming it isn’t pass interference when it was clearly defensive holding. They are two different penalties. One would be first and goal at the one, the other would be half the distance to the goal and first down. It was clearly defensive holding and you’re blind for not admitting it.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Who’s got it better than the Baltimore Ravens?

NOBODY!

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

I believe it was Coach Bear Bryant who when asked about his team having lost by three points said something like: “It’s my fault. We should have been six points ahead.”

viking01 on February 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Who’s got it better than the Baltimore Ravens?

NOBODY!

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Not Richard Lollar or Jacinth Baker, that’s for sure.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:38 AM

You clearly don’t know a thing about football because you keep claiming it isn’t pass interference when it was clearly defensive holding. They are two different penalties. One would be first and goal at the one, the other would be half the distance to the goal and first down. It was clearly defensive holding and you’re blind for not admitting it.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Need a tissue??

Again the ball was FIVE FEET out of bounds, there is no PI for an uncatchable ball.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

Need a tissue??

Again the ball was FIVE FEET out of bounds, there is no PI for an uncatchable ball.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Are you that dense or just obtuse?

DEFENSIVE HOLDING DOESN’T REQUIRE THE BALL TO BE CATCHABLE. It was uncatchable because the defender had his arms wrapped around Crabtree and was holding him on the back of his jersey. Are you really that dumb?

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

I guess the murderer can go hang out with the war-monger at the whitehouse now. They can talk about the awful cities they come from.

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Yeah, “nobody” includes them, too, as they are not Baltimore Ravens. Obviously. Try again.

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Never forgotten.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Yeah, “nobody” includes them, too, as they are not Baltimore Ravens. Obviously. Try again.

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Wow, nice way to talk about two men murdered by your hero, Ray Lewis. Congrats on supporting such an evil man. Hope you’re proud.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

DEFENSIVE HOLDING DOESN’T REQUIRE THE BALL TO BE CATCHABLE. It was uncatchable because the defender had his arms wrapped around Crabtree and was holding him on the back of his jersey. Are you really that dumb?

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:46 AM

YES IT DOES… look it up!

ALso Crabtree pushed off too so stop crying.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Bless your heart, Robert.

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Once the ball is in the air there is no more defensive holding. You can tackle the receiver if the ball is not catchable.

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 2:13 AM

Once the ball is in the air there is no more defensive holding. You can tackle the receiver if the ball is not catchable.

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 2:13 AM

The penalty is clearly before the pass was ever made. He was on top of him and mugging him from the start of the play all the way into the endzone. He wrapped his arms around Crabtree and was holding the back of his jersey.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Hey – so glad to see you didn’t enjoy the game. Maybe next year your team will at least make the playoffs. As for me, Natty Boh never tasted so good. Maybe when you’re done knocking Ray Lewis, you can find a way to blame Bush for one of the calls you didn’t like…

affenhauer on February 4, 2013 at 2:23 AM

The penalty is clearly before the pass was ever made. He was on top of him and mugging him from the start of the play all the way into the endzone. He wrapped his arms around Crabtree and was holding the back of his jersey.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 2:17 AM

Before it was ever made? You mean inside the five yards, near the line of scrimmage? After that Crabtree grabbed him just as much, pushing off just as the ball sailed five yards out of bounds.

And on the Ravens previous drive where they settled for a FG, Flacco rolled out out 3rd down and was hit when he was CLEARLY out of bounds. Should’ve been a first down where the Ravens may have gotten 7 points instead of 3 points.

Stop whining, you sound like a liberal.

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Just watched the replay. The ball was thrown before the receiver passed the five yard line.

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 2:26 AM

The case should be made for pass interference not defensive holding. I think it was probably catchable.

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 2:28 AM

The case should be made for pass interference not defensive holding. I think it was probably catchable.

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 2:28 AM

Kind of hard to be catchable when it landed 5 feet out of bounds isn’t? :)

LevinFan on February 4, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Well it was a poorly thrown fade but it was two feet from his hands after the interference

Mormontheman on February 4, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Lights out, Frisco. See you next season. Thanks for an entertaining game.

WAY TO GO, RAVENS!

Christien on February 4, 2013 at 2:37 AM

listens2glenn on February 4, 2013 at 1:19 AM

agree, it was awesome

cmsinaz on February 4, 2013 at 6:57 AM

The game is far too violent because of the high impact collisions generated with the pass. The official MNSH (Metro-sexual,Nanny,Safety and Hugs)committee, has assessed the problem and taken their concerns up with the Obamacare/NFL coordinating liaison folks and a new rule is now in effect for the 2013 season. No passing-dribbling only!

Don L on February 4, 2013 at 7:16 AM

An addendum to the new dribbling rule. Doe spray is allowed!

Don L on February 4, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Wow, nice way to talk about two men murdered by your hero, Ray Lewis. Congrats on supporting such an evil man. Hope you’re proud.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:52 AM

Really??????

In regard to the non call…yes it should have been….along with several calls earlier that were not made that would have benefited the Ravens.

CW on February 4, 2013 at 7:22 AM

The FortyWhiners lost? Must be a hate crime.

Limerick on February 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Don L on February 4, 2013 at 7:16 AM

You forgot the part about everybody earning participation ribbons and nobody keeping score. Lombardi Trophy to be re-purposed to be awarded to the best team player as voted on by the players.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

You’re quoting a Baltimore Ravens QB. Try getting an unbiased source. It was defensive holding. You don’t even know the right penalty. Get a clue.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

So through all of this tripe how do you feel about Flacco getting nailed 3 yards out of bounds on 3rd-down in the 4th quarter?!? Are you gonna whine about that no call too?

Zero evidence cause they covered it up. The guy is scum. Give the families of the murdered justice.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 1:27 AM

BTW, your Ray Lewis HATE just proves you are another CLUELESS poster who lives their life devoid of facts. Read this article and shut your whiny piehole about Ray being a murderer.

ManWithNoName on February 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Even though the Ravens are enemies of America’s Favorite Team, the Steelers, I was glad to see them win to keep Frisco from getting its 6th ring.

And that was a great game, the last 5 minutes or so was epic.

Bishop on February 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM

yep Bishop, the k’boy fans I know were all pulling for the Ravens. They don’t want another team supassing the uberbowl wins. It remains…all about the Dallas Cowboys.

DanMan on February 4, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Del Dolemonte on February 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

You were clearly wrong. Simms hates the Niners and never gives them a fair shot. He’s worse than Aikman like that.

njrob on February 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

lol, you must be a Niners fan. Everyone else is always wrong, and you’re always right.

H

Look, I know what I saw and heard. Both Simms and Jim Nance (who had a horrible game, especially when he blatantly missed the call on that SF fumble) were excitedly chattering about how SF was going to roar back almost from the instant Bush and Cheney had the lights go out in the Superdome.

Del Dolemonte on February 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

OK, this morning, The Lyin kINGS Presstitutes cleaned up the Blackout Bowl mess. It was not Bushs’ fault!
Two scenarios: Separate posts:
Senario Dos:
The Blackout was a planned event especially for the EBT Card holders and Professional Baby makers in attendance and at home:
Follow me here, after the halftime strip show, the Lyin kING felt it only fair to allow the EBT card holders, whose baby mamas are used to them coming home from the strip clubs with a pocket full of dollar bills, a little cool off time.
So he very benevolently allowed them a half hour to Fast and Furiously take care of any problems that may have arisen as a result of the stripper show and to do so in private, or at least in the dark, so the rest of the country didn’t have to see a whole new generation of entitled being created. All Hail the Lyin kING@!

ConcealedKerry on February 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

It was a planned blackout due to the fact a Muslim Bruthahood Terrorist incident:
Follow me here,
A group of right wing radical Muslim Bruthahood terrorists was spotted with fake guns as they couldn’t legally buy any real ones without having their names recorded for future confiscation or taxation. Also the streets of Chicago were too dangerous for them to attempt an illegal buy, the way most of the veteran Chicagoans do it.
Anyway, I digress,
these Muslim Bruthahooders were in possession of a certain original copy of a long form Birth Certificate and were going to storm the studio after halftime and proceed to show it to the nation if the Lyin kING didn’t supply arms to their overseas counterparts in Egypt, Libya and other unknown locales.
Thus the Lyin King Himself Fast and Furiously mobilized a task force headed by Joe Bite-Me to take down these terrorists with the help of “Seal Your Records But Open Up The Publics Team 666!”
This action was at the very able direction of Bite-me with The Lyin kING and his former Sec. Of State, Monicas Boyfriends Wife watching on close circuit TV from The WhiteHut!
Of course the action taken was a great success and the long form is back under seal along with Grade Transcripts, billing records, social security card applications, colleges attended and other important DocZ.
All Hail the Lyin kING!
NOT BUSHS’ FAULT!

ConcealedKerry on February 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The 49ers will outlast the Ravens in this one. San Francisco 31-23 over Baltimore.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Ed – like any Establishment Republican Elitist – WRONG ON EVERYTHING!!

Ravens killed!

Oh – and for those of you blathering about the “punt” after the safety near the end of the game – that was NOT a “pumt”…

It’s called a “free kick” – and it’s totally different. Remember the alignment – and look it up. Probably Establishment Republicans, too.

williamg on February 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

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