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How is it any different than when the Giants had 14 guys on the field near the end of last year's Super Bowl? Teams have been taking advantage of clock situations in football since the beginning of time.
Like I said, I doubt it would've changed anything. What I want to know is why the officials didn't throw the flag. I know they should have. I know the play would've had the same result. What I want to know is why no flags.
Pretty clear hold on the 4th down pass to Crabtree, blatant hold on the Ravens "safety" play (Ravens guy was literally tackling the 49ers rusher right in front of the ref), several uncalled offsides on the Ravens, blatant hold on the 49ers left tackle on the last drive, and then late hits and cheap shots after every play it seemed. The refs had no control over the game and the players were pushing the envelope to see what they could get away with. Williams for Baltimore was completely out of control after every play and even shoved a ref yet he didn't even get a personal foul. The referees encouraged chippiness after each play by not setting the tone early
Agree. On the big fight, the Ravens DB threw 3-4 punches when he was on top of the SF OL, right in front of the ref, to the guy's gut. No flag. I saw about 3-4 other clear punches thrown by both teams. No flag or ejections.
And what sucked to me is that they don't call Reed for lining up offside or jumping early, but they call SF for that on the next series on a key play. Consistency. Just like they called the key 3rd down PI on SF, but not the one on Baltimore. If they call the game one way (like they actually did for all the punches, late hits and running tackles on players without the ball after the whistle), then stay that way at the end, don't flag one team twice on a key drive and not flag the other team for doing the same thing.
Well, there is a little known rule that could've been used. Actually, I'm not sure it is in the NFL rule book, but it's in the high school rule book. Rule 9-9-5: Neither team shall commit any act which, in the opinion of the referee, tends to make a travesty of the game. I have actually thrown a flag for this foul before. Now, before I go into that, I want to make sure I explain myself - I in no way think this should've been called last night, and as I said, don't even know if an NFL rule or not. Here is the circumstance I used it in:
First year of officiating and I'm doing this league in Detroit. 4th grade on up to 8th grade. I'm doing the 4th grade game and before the game, I always talk to the coaches to see if there are trick plays I should be aware of, or if they have any questions. This is a few years ago when the "wrong ball play" (look it up on youtube if you don't know it) was a big hit. So I specifically told the coaches no plays like that. So, near the end of the game, it's a blowout, and the team that is way ahead pulls this play. I throw a flag just as the kid takes off for a TD. I explained to the coach that the kids at this stage are just learning the game, and that it is just as the rule implies: he's making a travesty of the game. He actually didn't have a big problem with the call, but the fans did. The penalty for such an act? Here's the kicker: "The referee enforces any penalty he considers equitable - including the award of a score"!!! I just gave him a 15 yard penalty.
Now, again, I'm not saying it should've been called (if it's even an NFL rule), but this circumstance is exactly why it is in the HS rule book. John Harbaugh made a travesty of the game by telling his players to commit the foul knowing it would not hurt him in any way. Since the referee could've enforced any penalty he thought was equitable, he could've done anything - an un-timed play (allowing Balt to repeat 4th down - a punt, I'm sure), adding time to the clock, etc. Again, not saying it should've been called, but in High School, it might've.
You have an issue with this?
I don't think you know what the word doubt means.
I've never seen this "wrong ball" play before, but it is hilarious.
It seems like it would only work for kids football though, which seems sort of wrong.
After explaining to fellow officials what happened a few weeks later, a good question was bought up: What would I do if it happened in a HS varsity game? The main reason i called it was because these kids barely know the rules of the game. They know just enough to finish a game. Varsity is different. These kids should know all the rules by now. It is much less a learning environment, and more of a competitive environment. I still don't know what i would do if I saw it on a Friday night.
Yeah also saw a player kick someone (very much like the big Suh incident) while getting up. And then 29 who was doing all the punching got up and shoved the ref and looked like he was getting in the refs face.
Someone should have paid for that. As someone else said, if it was Detroit someone would have been ejected/suspended/fined etc.
I think in HS, it's "play on" from an officiating point of view.
I don't think most HS kids or coaches would fall for this though.
After reading some of the posts here in this thread, it's clear some of you don't know the rules of football nor the consistencies of officiating.
They let the players play the entire game.
The Niners had the ball on the 5. You can do whatever you want short of tackling a receiver within that five yards. CRABTREE initiated contact before the end zone on top of this.
Furthermore, Navarro Bowman did the EXACT SAME THING against Altanta to get the Niners in the Superbowl.
It was a very well officiated game and how football should be officiated.
Cool story, clown.
He was tackled, clown.
Deadspin is saying the head ref didn't earn the grades to work the Super Bowl....
Jerome Boger will referee the Super Bowl. Jerome Boger probably doesns response? Nuh-uh.
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That's been rumored for weeks. When Hochuli (lead negotiator for the ref union) and Steratore (milked the reaction from the crowd in first game back) don't get playoff assignments and Boger gets a Super Bowl assignment you know something fishy is going on.
They will before next season, that was an obvious plan to hold and there was no downside. That was good strategy, but an offensive penalty should put time back on the clock if the team is leading in that circumstance (basically, the opposite of the 10-second runoff that a team would incur for a false start or intentional grounding).
I agree that some people are not showing a mastery of the rule book in this thread, but you do realize the hold in question took place a yard or two inside the end zone, right? As you said, the line of scrimmage was the 5, so it was pretty easy to see that the hold in question took place outside of 5 yards.
Go watch the video again. Two major things are in play here that some of you butthurt dolts (specifically SpartyOn82) don't grasp.
1) Crabtree initiated contact before the endzone
2) When a WR initiates contact within the five yards, the DB has been allowed to engage by almost every referee
This happened ALL GAME LONG including against Baltimore. The difference is, Baltimore has brute force receivers like Anquan Boldin that fight for the ball despite getting questionable contact by the Niners' secondary during the game. NONE of the Niners receivers aside from Vernon Davis were capable of matching Boldin's skill to beat the jam.
That said, the Niners should be more upset at the fact they had FOUR chances to punch it in from the 5 yard line and chose to pass it on the final two plays. Completely nonsensical.
The 49ers failed to convert on fourth down but the focus remains on a controversial no-call.
This post was edited by PPTPW51983 14 months ago
Seems like you have a bias towards SF. The most obvious non-call was the hit out of bounds on Flacco on 3rd and goal from the 2. If that is called properly they most likely put up 7 instead of 3 since it would have been 1st and goal from the 1 and Balt goes up 9 instead of 5, making the final SF drive and any subsequent non-calls irrelevant
Sounds a lot like the Rooney rule for officials
I did watch the video again, before I posted. I'm not even arguing the call, I think it could have easily gone either way and whichever team didn't get the call would have been upset. On top of that, I think it's San Fran's fault regardless. I'm not a fan of fade routes in those situations, because too much has to go right for the play to work, and you're limiting your options, but that's beside the point. You called out that people don't know the rules, and that's what I responded to.
Sure, Crabtree first makes contact within the 5 yard window, but the jersey grab was as he broke away and it occurred outside of it. If you want to argue that in practice, officials give leeway outside of the 5 yard area if the contact was initiated inside the 5 yard area by the receiver, fine...but you should also grant that it would not have been outside of the rulebook to make the call as Crabtree tried to break free and was held 7 yards into the route (which, it could further be argued, directly led to his not being able to get to the ball).
BTW, the article you linked to had this line: "But no flag was came." I think we can both agree that the USA Today editors and the reporter should be flagged for that sentence.
Its the superbowl, players have to make plays. Jones, Boldin and Vernon Davis, made plays on the ball all game despite being bumped, held, etc.
Crabtree dropped an early td pass that hit him in the hands, which in hindsight would have changed the game. Then on 4th down, he couldn't shake the jam from the baltimore db.
Its 4th down with the game on the line, big players make the play.
49ers blew the game by ditching the pistol and passing the last 3 plays. They had plenty of time to run their normal offense, which was shredding the Baltimore D. Their O-Coordinator turtled up Roushar style and went away from what was working at the worst possible time.
Can't expect the refs to bail you out on a play like that (unless your Nebraska, playing MSU).
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