Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/8/13
The Super Bowl is supposed to be the epitome of athletic achievement in the world of sports, so with the vast resources of the NFL, why can't they keep the lights on? But I digress.I seriously have to question the philosophy of "let them play", even in the Super Bowl. But the referees seemed to think that taunting, fighting, and holding were acceptable to keep the game exciting and moving forward. I don't agree.A very bad precedent is set when extra-curricular activity is met with a simple slap on the wrist. I'll keep saying it: "every time a penalty is not called is another ***** in the armor of referee authority." How do you know what is or is not a penalty when the calls are not consistent?So how does Cary Williams get away with shoving a ref (his explanation makes me literally angry), while Bill Bellichick gets a hefty fine for attempting to grab a ref to get an explanation on a call? Are you waiting for me to say that the refs may have had a little favoritism (or worse) going on in this game?Even Mike Pereira came out and said that the NFL has a policy of zero tolerance; perhaps Jerome Boger didn't get that memo.Which leads me to statement by the booth announcers, Jim Nantz and Phil Sims, that the holding non-call in the end zone at the end of the game was good. Why don't we just encourage cornerbacks to hold!BTW: did no one else see the holding of no. 49 on the Jacoby kick return? Maybe I was just seeing things (I should become a ref!)While we are talking about the announcers, do any of the CBS crew have a clue how to improvise? Their handling of the 34 minute delay for lights out was pretty comical, if not disturbing. Methinks they needed cue cards to tell them to go get information about the problem (or else show more commercials).Did you hear what Ray Rice had to say about shots to the head? Only two weeks after his teammate, Bernard Pollard, knocked Stevan Ridley out of the AFC Championship game, Rice got the opportunity to complain about the same thing happening to him. Of course, Dashon Goldson didn't knock Rice out, but that didn't stop Ray from acting like a baby about it.And speaking of Ray Rice... did you see him fall off the parade float? Funny. Way to go stud!But I love this one: the Raiders have announced that they will block off seats at the Coliseum to avoid more blackouts at home games. Here's a novel idea: field a team that the good citizens of the bay area will actually want to see play! Either that or serve free beer!Oh... Oh... I've got it! Wait for it! Turn Alcatraz into a football stadium! That will atract people.And we still wait with baited breath to see what the Jets will do about Tim Tebow; the suspense is killing me!
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