When you don’t really care who wins the Super Bowl

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This Super Bowl was just plain weird. I didn’t really care who won, but I’m glad San Francisco lost. I don’t like Jim Harbaugh and I don’t like San Francisco fans, at least not the ones I have had contact with. (You know who you are…)  Just kidding!  Seriously!  You’re great people, really…

First its time to talk some smack.  Since the Seahawks got totally screwed by the NFL with that early morning game in Atlanta I didn’t really have a dog in this fight (so much for journalistic impartiality). The way the 49ers fans thought they deserved to be in this game after the butt whoopin’ the Hawks dropped on them in Seattle was just ignoring the truth.  The Niners backed into this game by not having to face Seattle and they know it.  Sure they beat Atlanta…barely.  Try doing that at 0-dark thirty west coast time.  If not for San Francisco’s tie against the Rams the Hawks would have had your conference title and your home game and a bye week.  San Francisco is no longer the only elite team in the west.  They have company.  But I digress…

Did anyone else go get a pedicure during the national anthem? MAN that was long! Well done, but tooooo looooong.  And that whole halftime show was BOOOOORING. Sorry.  Beyonce is a lovely and talented singer/dancer but I think she sang the same word for something like 15 minutes! Besides that, it was like watching a 30 minute Bud Light commercial.  Where’s a good marching band when you need one?

The power outage was interesting. I’ve seen a quarterback change make a game turn. I’ve seen a snow storm make a game turn. But I’ve never seen a power outage totally turn a game around. The Seahawks should remember that trick next time they find themselves down by 20 at home. In the end, the 49ers got screwed by the refs on that last non-call for holding; so welcome to Seattle’s world San Francisco.  One wonders if they might have gotten “Bettised”; you remember the love-fest the league and network gave the retiring Jerome Bettis before the Seattle/Pittsburgh 2008 Super Bowl in which Seattle suffered a number of bad calls.  There is something especially heart warming to think the refs might have been “letting ‘em play” for Ray Lewis, a guy who plea bargained away a double homicide a few years back, getting 12 months probation instead of double life in prison.  (There I go digressing again!  Hmm, did I just stumble on another reason for not being excited for either team to win?).  Yes, getting hosed by the refs in the Big Game is great fun, and now the Niners know how it feels.  And so ends their 5-0 Superbowl streak.

But this Super Bowl week did have some redeeming value.  For instance, I didn’t know there was so much to know about deer antlers.  And the whole thing about too much power actually causing the lights to turn off???  Amazing stuff!  And what about the demonstration of injustice to women struggling with their weight everywhere when a Ravens cheerleader got canned for being 2 pounds overweight?  We haven’t heard the end of that one, hopefully!

Now it’s on to the NFL draft and next season.  I fully expect it will be the Seahawks and Russell Wilson who will get it done next year.  With his learning curve well in the past, Wilson will be unstoppable.  I wish I could have seen him in this game, but next year will be even more incredible.  Seattle was the team no one wanted to play the second half of the year.  Next year, it will be that way from  week one on because Russell is ready.  As for the rest of the NFC West, don’t get too excited.  You’re getting better, but as long as Wilson, Carroll, and Schneider are in the picture it’s going to be tough going to get past Seattle.

Topics: Harbaugh, NFC West, Ray Lewis, Seattle, Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLIII

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  • akmac61

    Crabtree was pushing off on that play, too. A non-call was the right thing to do. SF has no reason to complain, they gained tremendously from the power outage when the Ravens had the momentum.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Niners were also holding on almost every play in the 2nd half. Some of them were horribly blatant. They really don’t have a right to blame to the refs at all.

  • Hanley H. Bonynge

    I have a really hard time feeling like the Niners were screwed in any way by the refs. Crabtree ran a bad route that allowed the shaded-over DB to jam him. Crabtree then struggled with the DB and shoved him away with his hands on the helmet. The DB was holding the jersey in stomach area which they’re taught to do because it’s hidden(ish) and screws the timing up. Overall, I thought it was an evenly called game (Ravens got screwed by a call at the end of the first half, too.)

    I also hate the argument that calls or no-calls at the end of the game are worse than calls or no-calls at any other point in the game. They all accumulate and effect the game. I know you aren’t arguing that. I just wanted to say it.

    Also, the unnoticed irony by any announcer anywhere of Hardouche screaming for a holding call was too much for me. I wanted a missile to blow his head off at that point.

  • Scott C

    I don’t have a problem with the call. I just want the Niner’s fans to feel like they got screwed so they’ll carry that bitterness with them like we’ve had to for 5 years. Makes the rivalry that much more fun when your enemy can’t make fun of your own Super Bowl loss any more!

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