Found February 05, 2013 on Kissing Suzy Kolber:
PLAYERS: Jimmy Smith
TEAMS: Baltimore Ravens
The officiating in Super Bowl XLVII was, on the whole, atrocious. Most of the discussion in the wake of the game has centered on the pivotal 4th-and-goal play on the 49ers’ final drive. That’s understandable, as it was the last play from scrimmage that San Francisco had to take the lead. I would argue that Jimmy Smith was guilty of holding on that play, but I also acknowledge that there is some gray area there. The more glaring and troubling infraction in that final sequence comes on the play before, where Smith gets away with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Crabtree. The prevailing reasoning why defensive holding was not called on 4th down seems to be that people don’t want the officials deciding games. That logic is problematic, as an absence of enforcement of the rules is just as influential as referees enforcing them. Still, that’s what some people believe. Of course, apply that logic to the third down hit on Crabtree and you run into the NFL’s current crisis of conscience. The best-...
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  • Didn't see the out of bounds hit on Flacco huh? You lost give it up.
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