Former players and coaches are paid to advance the NFL and their television networks

San Francisco Denied Victory

What Really Happened

super-bowl-in-NOLAMonday, February 4th, 2013, this is what you’ll read and hear about the Super Bowl, and what I’ll tell you is the truth.  Former players and coaches are paid to advance the NFL and their television networks, but I’ll be honest.  You’ll read that the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

I have been a football fan for most of my more than 66 years.  Although the game has had many changes over more than 6 decades, the basics remain the same.  What has changed the most is the money.  In the early years of Professional Football, no one cared.  Baseball was king, and very few thought the game of football would catch on with the average fan.  Because there is so much money involved in the game today, many billions of dollars, I’m not even sure sometimes if it is honest.  A few calls by the referees can change the outcome of an entire game.

The emotional and profitable side of Sunday’s game would be to have the Ravens win, allowing who many consider one of the greatest linebackers to have ever played the game to end his career with the ultimate victory.  I don’t feel that way about Lewis, I think his devotion to the game is a farce.

Long before the lights went out in the second half, the “lights went out for San Francisco”, maybe.

The first play of the second half saw Jacoby Jones tie a record by running back the second half kickoff for 108 yards for a touchdown.  This was simply a continuation of mistakes by the 49ers in the first half.  Penalties and turnovers gave the Ravens a 21 to 6 lead.  It was obvious that the officials gave the Ravens the edge, calling only one penalty on them in the first half.

In his final game, Ray Lewis was ineffective.  His age was obvious.  He was slow and missed tackles.  As for the 49ers, Randy Moss is over.  Proclaiming himself as the greatest receiver ever is a travesty and laughable.  At the end of the first half, the 49ers were losing, the Ravens were not winning.

After the Jacoby runback, the lights went out in the “big easy”.  They were out for 35 minutes.  The San Francisco defense and the Baltimore offense had not been on the field for 84 minutes real time.  When the lights returned, the Ravens showed their age, and the 49ers superior talent began to show itself.  At halftime the ‘experts’ said Kaepernick was showing his inexperience.  The fact is that he threw one bad pass, and only one.  These self-appointed authorities anointed Flacco, failing to recognize the failings of the 49er secondary. The fact was that Kaepernick was the best quarterback on the field.

Big games require players to make big plays.  When Michael Crabtree dropped a pass with 8:32 left in the 3rd quarter, San Francisco suffered a damaging blow.

A bad punt by Baltimore made the game an 8 point deficit.

In the third quarter, with 3:14 left, Baltimore was assessed a penalty for ‘running into the kicker’.  The actual penalty should have been ‘roughing the kicker’, which would have given the 49ers a first down.  His leg was in the air when he was hit by the opposing player.

Flacco was virtually ineffective in the second half.  The momentum was all San Francisco.  The 4th quarter saw the game divided by 2 points.  With the score Ravens 34, and the 49ers 29, there were only about 4 and ½ minutes to play.  Kaepernick threw a pass to Crabtree with 1:42 remaining in the game.  There was an obvious defensive holding penalty that was not called.  The Ravens were given the Super Bowl by the officials by a final score of 34-31.

For me, this game was a travesty.  Rodger Goodell and the entire NFL is concerned with only one thing, money.  The Commissioner claims to care about the safety of the players.  He is one of the worst things to have happened to the game.  He is only concerned with the continuation of billions of dollars the league generates every season.

I have watched every Super Bowl before that was its title.  I have never seen a championship been given so blatantly to one team previously.  You, Commissioner are a disgrace to football.  I, like hundreds of millions of fans, follow my favorite teams from September to February.  I expect to see a great game to end the season.  When a game is decided by your referees I find myself not wanting to watch anymore.

Ray Lewis’ history is sketchy at best.  To make him some sort of hero is a disgrace to the game.  The league is apparently placing its future in the likes of someone like him.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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