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Based on listening to callers on KNBR on Monday and various bits of input I’ve gathered on Twitter, a lot of griping from 49ers fans since the Super Bowl ended has been directed largely at the officiating crew, which of course is the universal mating call for homers everywhere, regardless of team.
And why wouldn’t they be doing that? Even their fearless leader Jim Harbaugh took aim at the officiating after the game:
Safe to say Jim Harbaugh is angry at the officiating. Brought it up in every answer.
— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) February 4, 2013
The prime play being used as Exhibit A? The defensive PI/defense holding “no call” at the end of the game between Michael Crabtree and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.
But that couldn’t be further from the wrong attitude to have post-Super Bowl. So, take your 49ers goggles off for just a minute and join me as I try to sort through this whole “blown call” nonsense.
It comes down to this: There was contact both ways.
Crabtree initiated th...
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After last night’s disappointing Super Bowl loss to the Ravens, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree refused to blame the officials for not calling an obvious pass interference on the Ravens during the final offensive play of the game.
“It is what it is, man,” Crabtree said, per CSNBayArea. “It was the last play, and I’m not going to blame the refs. It is...
The San Francisco 49ers did not win Super Bowl 47. While there are a lot of players and coaches whining about it, wide receiver Michael Crabtree is not. Crabtree was the subject of a controversial no-call regarding a defensive holding call in the end zone that had he have caught the ball would have given [...]
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