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(Slate)   There have been better Super Bowls, they have been closer Super Bowls, there have been more exciting Super Bowls, but last night's game will go down in the history books as the weirdest Super Bowl of all   (slate.com) divider line 204
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2013-02-04 07:36:37 AM  
I posted the exact same thing on facebook after it ended, although I used the word strangest rather than weirdest.
 
2013-02-04 08:51:56 AM  
So that's what it takes to get America to pay attention to New Orleans' crumbling infrastructure.
 
2013-02-04 08:51:56 AM  
One thing is for sure, the "non-hold hold" will be discussed at the Harbaugh Thanksgiving table for the next 25 years (unless they are playing that day)
 
2013-02-04 09:59:13 AM  
i'm telling ya - someone laid a voodoo whammy on the superbowl last night.
 
2013-02-04 10:09:25 AM  
The lights out bowl !

if it wasnt for the lights the game was going to be 60-6 in a very quick and short fashion.
 
2013-02-04 10:10:50 AM  
Jet dryer Daytona vs Lights out Superbowl
 
2013-02-04 10:11:15 AM  
While Ray Lewis maintains he didn't kill the lights, he did admit he was there when it happened.
 
2013-02-04 10:12:05 AM  

EnviroDude: One thing is for sure, the "non-hold hold" will be discussed at the Harbaugh Thanksgiving table for the next 25 years (unless they are playing that day)


As long as Jim ends up getting punched in the face every year, that's fine.  God, what a baby.
 
2013-02-04 10:12:17 AM  

EnviroDude: One thing is for sure, the "non-hold hold" will be discussed at the Harbaugh Thanksgiving table for the next 25 years (unless they are playing that day)


Punches will be thrown.

At some point, John is going to start to feel like he's not being allowed to celebrate his accomplishment because everybody is walking on egg shells about the game around Jim. It will happen during an alcohol-fueled debate about the game that will start out as a joke.
 
2013-02-04 10:13:02 AM  
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I was waiting for this to happen.
 
2013-02-04 10:16:08 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

The real mastermind behind the lights.
 
2013-02-04 10:17:43 AM  

CipollinaFan: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 600x399]

The real mastermind behind the lights.


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2013-02-04 10:18:05 AM  

unyon: So that's what it takes to get America to pay attention to New Orleans' crumbling infrastructure.


You think this shiat is limited to New Orleans?  I didn't quit industry in disgust at the commoditization of our infrastructure because it was limited to one city.  The stuff I've seen would keep you up at night.  There's medical equipment being put together with parts I wouldn't trust to go into a plastic toy.

For years I had to listen to manufacturers say -- and quite honestly, mind you -- that they couldn't afford to pay for reliability without going out of business.  Americans just couldn't give a shiat about reliability when it's time to pay for it.  Well, here's your third-world infrastructure, America.  Enjoy it.

/ Biggest, most public event of the year and the richest nation in history can't keep the damn lights on
 
2013-02-04 10:18:46 AM  
There was a good number of non-call block in the back that happened as well. Some fair trade holding on both sides. Crabtree pushed off the dude's face while doing a little push and shove of his own. The greatest disappointment was Ray Lewis not showing up in Bane gear during the blackout. 

Blackouts do happen to various stadiums for various reasons. Don't hold it against the Superdome, it has had a sterling record thus far. Better to have the big game in a dome with a city built for it than say...New York. Ever.
 
2013-02-04 10:19:20 AM  

unyon: So that's what it takes to get America to pay attention to New Orleans' crumbling infrastructure.


I submitted a link a little while ago with an in-depth analysis of the blackout.  below is a picture of the cause:

www.afterelton.com
 
2013-02-04 10:24:24 AM  
Sean Payton's dad is an electrician. Just sayin'.
 
2013-02-04 10:25:43 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: EnviroDude: One thing is for sure, the "non-hold hold" will be discussed at the Harbaugh Thanksgiving table for the next 25 years (unless they are playing that day)

As long as Jim ends up getting punched in the face every year, that's fine.  God, what a baby.


Yes. 4th down was the problem. Not the 3 other tries to go 5 yards that came up empty - because the refs failed to drop a yellow hanky on that one play, all was ruined. The 49ers had no other chances to move the ball and score other than with ~5 mins to go in the game.

BTW, Lee Evans wants you to know he caught that ball last year, and Tom Brady says the ball Tyree "caught" moved when it hit turf. Also, UF thinks they won a National Championship against THE State of Ohio's University due to uncalled PI. Maybe Kaepernick should hold the ball when he gets sacked, and not throw it to Ed Reed on the next play.

// can't be fun to lose, and I hope Jim has more class than to cry about it for a year
 
2013-02-04 10:27:27 AM  

Nabb1: Sean Payton's dad is an electrician. Just sayin'.


Oh...so this was actually Sean Payton's last giant middle finger to Roger Goodell? Cool - I can appreciate that.
 
2013-02-04 10:28:39 AM  

Dr Dreidel: Yes. 4th down was the problem. Not the 3 other tries to go 5 yards that came up empty - because the refs failed to drop a yellow hanky on that one play, all was ruined.


There really wasn't any reason to throw a flag on that play. It would've been far more criminal to give the Niners a free set of downs at that point. (agreeing with you)

Dr Dreidel: Also, UF thinks they won a National Championship against THE State of Ohio's University due to uncalled PI.


UF did win their national championship game. Miami is the team that lost to tOSU.

Dr Dreidel: Maybe Kaepernick should hold the ball when he gets sacked, and not throw it to Ed Reed on the next play.


Kaepernick's INT came the play after the LaMichael James fumble, if the graphic "2 turnovers in last two offensive plays" is to be believed.
 
2013-02-04 10:30:08 AM  

Dr Dreidel: Yes. 4th down was the problem. Not the 3 other tries to go 5 yards that came up empty - because the refs failed to drop a yellow hanky on that one play, all was ruined. The 49ers had no other chances to move the ball and score other than with ~5 mins to go in the game.


They got the break of a lifetime when the lights went off for 35 minutes, because they were on their way to being blown out.  After the initial jam on that 4th down play, Crabtree and the corner were jousting each other - that's a no call there.  And I say that as someone with no rooting interest or money wagered on the game.

And he proved what an idiot he is when he complained about the lack of holding calls on the final safety, when in reality every member of the Ravens SHOULD have been holding, because there is literally nothing to lose by committing penalties on a play intended to result in a safety.
 
2013-02-04 10:31:17 AM  
Too lazy to use photoshop I picture it like this,

Sanfransico coach,

Mom  He wont give me the ball

Pic of mom  Flicking a lightswitch and lights go out in the stadium
Give your brother a chance to play,

pic of end score

pic of Baltimore coach  I still kicked your ass
 
2013-02-04 10:35:06 AM  
Is Beyonce a scandal yet?
 
2013-02-04 10:35:50 AM  

EnviroDude: One thing is for sure, the "non-hold hold" will be discussed at the Harbaugh Thanksgiving table for the next 25 years (unless they are playing that day)


Honestly, I thought that the helmet-to-helmet on the receiver the prior play was way more egregious.  I'm no 49ers fan, but the refs absolutely inserted themselves into the game at the end instead of letting the players on the field settle it.
 
2013-02-04 10:36:42 AM  
Still no really crazy conspiracy theories about the blackout, other than SF somehow being beneficiaries?  Could it have been terrorists, aliens, or the joos?
 
2013-02-04 10:36:54 AM  
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2013-02-04 10:37:34 AM  
Closer is kind of arbitrary. First and goal for the win is as close as it gets. Well maybe the Rams victory - tackle the guy at the one on the last play, even though the margin was 7.
 
2013-02-04 10:38:39 AM  

Ebenator: [img.photobucket.com image 506x281]


How long until Kluwe jerseys become the top selling kicker jerseys? Which kicker has the top selling jersey now?
 
2013-02-04 10:38:43 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: And he proved what an idiot he is when he complained about the lack of holding calls on the final safety, when in reality every member of the Ravens SHOULD have been holding, because there is literally nothing to lose by committing penalties on a play intended to result in a safety.


Actually, now that you mention this -- why aren't the linemen all just flat-out tackling guys?
 
2013-02-04 10:41:23 AM  

EyeballKid: Ebenator: [img.photobucket.com image 506x281]

How long until Kluwe jerseys become the top selling kicker jerseys? Which kicker has the top selling jersey now?


I'm pretty sure Chris Kluwe is the funniest person in the NFL.
 
2013-02-04 10:43:05 AM  

IAmRight: Dr Dreidel: Also, UF thinks they won a National Championship against THE State of Ohio's University due to uncalled PI.

UF did win their national championship game. Miami is the team that lost to tOSU.


Miami, duh. This is why I can't do things from memory.

Dr Dreidel: Maybe Kaepernick should hold the ball when he gets sacked, and not throw it to Ed Reed on the next play.

Kaepernick's INT came the play after the LaMichael James fumble, if the graphic "2 turnovers in last two offensive plays" is to be believed.


I may have been "playing the home game" while watching last night. I think I confused James' fumble with the one Kaep fumbled OOB on the last drive or two.

// really awesome that Ed Reed got the INT
 
2013-02-04 10:44:00 AM  

EyeballKid: How long until Kluwe jerseys become the top selling kicker jerseys?


Hell, his jersey should be on its way to being a top seller among all positions. I'm sure there's a market for "educated non-football fans who really like snark" that his personality caters perfectly towards.
 
2013-02-04 10:44:03 AM  

Nabb1: Sean Payton's dad is an electrician. Just sayin'.


So what he offered his dad $10,000 to knock the lights out?
 
2013-02-04 10:45:53 AM  
I just don't get how all these fans are so extreme in their vitriolic attacks after having won the Super Bowl. They flock the message boards, and they forget there was another team playing out there, just spouting off nonsense from their 'What about me?' perspective, standing and preening for attention like a flamingo. They totally ignore the fact that, all in all, the game had an even flow to it, and if you can't call what you saw last night great football, if you really think the refs were calling the game by the Ravens rules, you're probably better off watching polo.


...never more...
 
2013-02-04 10:47:48 AM  

meanmutton: Yanks_RSJ: And he proved what an idiot he is when he complained about the lack of holding calls on the final safety, when in reality every member of the Ravens SHOULD have been holding, because there is literally nothing to lose by committing penalties on a play intended to result in a safety.

Actually, now that you mention this -- why aren't the linemen all just flat-out tackling guys?


If you can find a replay from the opposite end zone angle (saw one this morning but can't find one now) you'll notice that that's pretty much what they're doing.  Really smart play by John, and on a personal note it was nice to be the one in the room to recommend it beforehand.
 
2013-02-04 10:48:39 AM  
One of the primary reasons the NFL chose New Orleans to host the Super Bowl was sympathy for Hurricane Katrina.  In the aftermath of the hurricane, the NFL saw this as an opportunity to get some good PR and help assist the city get back on its feet by hosting the game.  Considerations, like if the Superdome could avoid a power outage, were ignored and this is the result we get.  Much better alternative sites could have been chosen.  The NFL made the decision to pick New Orleans for PR reasons and the result was an embarrassment.
 
2013-02-04 10:49:16 AM  

meanmutton: Yanks_RSJ: And he proved what an idiot he is when he complained about the lack of holding calls on the final safety, when in reality every member of the Ravens SHOULD have been holding, because there is literally nothing to lose by committing penalties on a play intended to result in a safety.

Actually, now that you mention this -- why aren't the linemen all just flat-out tackling guys?


One of them flat out form tackled a dude in the end zone.

Only difference it makes - flag should have been thrown two seconds earlier for a safety adding two seconds to the clock.
 
2013-02-04 10:50:35 AM  

Ebenator: [img.photobucket.com image 506x281]



After three short Ravens runs, John Harbaugh ordered his punter Sam Koch to take an intentional safety, sacrificing two points in exchange for running time off the dwindling clock.

Did you see that jackass Chris Culliver get all excited after pushing Koch out of bounds.  Got all up in his grill.

He was acting like he was 4 seconds away from winning the Superb Owl instead of losing.

Chris Culliver is a jackass.
 
2013-02-04 10:51:37 AM  

Pronoun: Better to have the big game in a dome with a city built for it than say...New York. Ever.


Reasons the Superb Owl should be in New Orleans every year:

The building itself is a mere stumbling distance from 14 gajillion hotel rooms and restaurants. No need to worry about designating a driver.

While you can rightly criticize the NOPD, one thing they get right is crowd control. Are we corrupt? Sure. But there's nothing that compares to NOLA cops when it comes to supervising thousands of drunk and half-naked people.

Oh, and it's New Orleans. No one here gives a damn about anything. It's the South, technically, and very Catholic, but this is the place you go to when it's time for hookers and blow. Vegas may market itself as sin city, but they have nothing on us.

Finally, NOLA is rather small. You really can't get lost unless you're an idiot. Everyone - even the criminals - is friendly. Our sandwiches and seafood are better than yours. Old and portly black women call you "sugah" and "sweetheart" on the streetcars. I could go on about why the SB should be here every year, but it's a long list.

To those who came this year, we thank you for your patronage.
 
2013-02-04 10:51:44 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: Really smart play by John, and on a personal note it was nice to be the one in the room to recommend it beforehand.


I liked that the announcer brought it up, then Simms said he wouldn't do it. If there was any doubt, that cinched that it was a great decision.
 
2013-02-04 10:53:35 AM  

Dr Dreidel: BTW, Lee Evans wants you to know he caught that ball last year, and Tom Brady says the ball Tyree "caught" moved when it hit turf. Also, UF thinks they won a National Championship against THE State of Ohio's University due to uncalled PI. Maybe Kaepernick should hold the ball when he gets sacked, and not throw it to Ed Reed on the next play.

// can't be fun to lose, and I hope Jim has more class than to cry about it for a year


I always thought it was Miami and not UF that lost that game - someone should let Frank Gore know so he can forget about his knee being blown up
 
2013-02-04 10:54:31 AM  

Yanks_RSJ: And he proved what an idiot he is when he complained about the lack of holding calls on the final safety


Harbaugh's point wasn't that holding would have changed the result; he even said that's what the players should have been doing and were coached to do. But the refs are supposed to call penalties even when they would obviously be declined, or would reach the same result as the play on the field. For example, I've certainly seen instances where illegal contact or pass interference get called even when the receiver catches the ball anyway. That being the case, what he said was a comment on what he perceived to be the refs' inconsistency, arbitrariness, lack of attention - whatever you want to call it.
 
2013-02-04 10:55:59 AM  

SlothB77: One of the primary reasons the NFL chose New Orleans to host the Super Bowl was sympathy for Hurricane Katrina.  In the aftermath of the hurricane, the NFL saw this as an opportunity to get some good PR and help assist the city get back on its feet by hosting the game.  Considerations, like if the Superdome could avoid a power outage, were ignored and this is the result we get.  Much better alternative sites could have been chosen.  The NFL made the decision to pick New Orleans for PR reasons and the result was an embarrassment.


0/10
 
2013-02-04 10:56:00 AM  
The 1989 World Series laughs at your little power outage.
 
2013-02-04 10:57:35 AM  

SlothB77: One of the primary reasons the NFL chose New Orleans to host the Super Bowl was sympathy for Hurricane Katrina.  In the aftermath of the hurricane, the NFL saw this as an opportunity to get some good PR and help assist the city get back on its feet by hosting the game.  Considerations, like if the Superdome could avoid a power outage, were ignored and this is the result we get.  Much better alternative sites could have been chosen.  The NFL made the decision to pick New Orleans for PR reasons and the result was an embarrassment.


Oh, and because they've had several very successful Super Bowls there. But don't let that get in the way of your point.
 
2013-02-04 11:00:00 AM  

Pronoun: Blackouts do happen to various stadiums for various reasons. Don't hold it against the Superdome, it has had a sterling record thus far. Better to have the big game in a dome with a city built for it than say...New York. Ever.


I was at the Giants blackout game vs Dallas, it could happen again...
 
2013-02-04 11:00:08 AM  

Tigger: Only difference it makes - flag should have been thrown two seconds earlier for a safety adding two seconds to the clock.


A penalty doesn't stop the clock on holding in the end zone.  The play would have ended the same way.
 
2013-02-04 11:01:01 AM  

Tigger: meanmutton: Yanks_RSJ: And he proved what an idiot he is when he complained about the lack of holding calls on the final safety, when in reality every member of the Ravens SHOULD have been holding, because there is literally nothing to lose by committing penalties on a play intended to result in a safety.

Actually, now that you mention this -- why aren't the linemen all just flat-out tackling guys?

One of them flat out form tackled a dude in the end zone.

Only difference it makes - flag should have been thrown two seconds earlier for a safety adding two seconds to the clock.


Holding doesn't stop the play, though.
 
2013-02-04 11:01:01 AM  

Tigger: Only difference it makes - flag should have been thrown two seconds earlier for a safety adding two seconds to the clock.


No it wouldn't, because it's not a dead ball penalty.  The play would still have continued to its conclusion, and the time would not be put back on the clock.
 
2013-02-04 11:01:37 AM  
Flacco said it "F*cking Awesome."

I heard him.
 
2013-02-04 11:01:45 AM  

NewWorldDan: The 1989 World Series laughs at your little power outage.


AKA the last time a San Francisco squad was down big in a championship. Poor losers.
 
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