It is understood today by the plethora of elaborate research and accepted with confidence due to scientific explanation that our eyes may play tricks on our brains from time to time, adding on to the heap of reasons why life for a human being is significantly much more fun to live than say, an ant. When there wasn’t much to complain about in the olden days, a trustworthy referee would keep his hands down after a play, anyone not wearing glasses would obnoxiously voice their opinion from the bleachers, and the reels of life would continue to roll.
But then came along a handy video camera. Invented by mankind to review instantly what was recorded to satisfy their viewing pleasures, or in this case, a disconcerting one. The NFL implemented a limited instant replay in 1986 and Sundays became the longest day of the week for some. It slowed down the game even more after the league allowed coaches to challenge their disagreements in 1999–and that’s when–analysts, columnists, and announcers divided their roles and shared their views, emphatically speaking their minds on the dubious, controversial plays in history that are still being debated today.
The replay that will probably feature on NFL Network’s Top 10: Controversial Plays in Super Bowl History some day looks a little something like this: Ravens corner back Jimmy Smith and Niners receiver Michael Crabtree are going at it, a light-as-feather tussle on film. The game is on the (goal) line and the 49ers must score on 4th down, or hope for a late flag to fall from the heavens in order to take their first lead of Super Bowl XLVII Colin Kaepernick takes the snap, rolls right, lobs a safe, slightly overthrown ball to an outstretched Crabtree running a fade route (he actually might have been out-of-bounds if he caught the pass)
How ironic that an overthrown pass could be under such scrutiny.
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 wanted the call, video footage doesn’t show himself complaining to the sideline judge. Maybe he’s humble. Or too prideful. Maybe he’s overcome more complex adversities in his past that we don’t know about. Did he think it was third down? No where on the replay shows a frustrated #15 wearing a scarlet-colored jersey asking the ref to throw the yellow laundry. On the sidelines, San Fran head coach Jim Harbaugh pulsates with anger, animated and fist-pumping harder than an episode of Jersey Shore.
Many skeptics blame the mafia. Some claim the whole Super Bowl was scripted. Ha. Other folks don’t understand why coaches can’t challenge a penalty. Right.
I personally think, with no disrespect to OC Greg Roman, that Colin Kaepernick should have pump-faked the fade to the right, rolled left and lasered one to Randy Moss in the left corner. The 49ers tilted the field one too many times on their series to win the game, so this sketch I drew up in my imagination would have been the perfect play to “kaep” the night. OR the sophomore quarterback could have “kaep” the ball himself on a naked bootleg to the left, and ran it into the end zone for six.
But that’s why I’m sitting at home like the nerd that I am editing articles late on a Friday night. Thank God it’s only 11:25 PM in California though.