Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 10/26/14
Where it is understood scientifically by explanation through the plethora of elaborate research articles in libraries of how our eyes are always playing tricks on our brains–all the more reason of life as a human being is fun–there wasn’t much to complain about in the days when after a credible referee kept his hands down and life moved on. But then came along a handy video camera, invented by mankind to watch what was recorded for their viewing pleasures, or in this case, a heinous one. After the instant replay was implemented for use in the NFL in 1986, life didn’t just move on but it slowed down–to review the dubious and controversial plays that went down in history. The replay of a light-as-feather tussle between Jimmy Smith and Michael Crabtree at the goal line on 4th down is still under overweight scrutiny. Why? According to Brad Gagnon of Sportsradiointerviews.com, the Ravens corner back says that he didn’t get away with holding.   “No. … If you look at the play closely, you see him kind of push off of my helmet immediately. So as a DB, what do you do? … If he’s pushing off you gotta make sure you got some type of grip so he doesn’t push off of you. If I never touch him at all and he catches the ball, then it’d be San Francisco winning and why didn’t Jimmy make that play? So I’m happy with the way it turned out.” Whether or not Michael Crabtree was running a fade route towards the rail, he never complained about a no-call. No where on the replay shows the receiver in anguish or his hands asking the ref to toss out the yellow laundry. Many skeptics are blaming the mafia. Some claim the whole Super Bowl was scripted. Other folks don’t understand why coaches can’t challenge an uncalled penalty. While I don’t agree with any of them, I personally think Colin Kapernick should have rolled out to the left and looked for Randy Moss or Vernon Davis. Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })();
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