Anyone who thinks these games aren't manipulated by the NFL are only kidding themselves. Selective enforcement depending on the team and the time of the game. In the Super Bowl Baltimore the last 2 minutes had a helmet to the head,illegal contact/interference and 8 men held on a punt and not one flag was thrown. We're only in September and I can already tell you it will be Denver and Seattle in the Super Bowl because it's what the NFL wants. It will be built up as offense vs defense.
I'm sure more than a few people noticed that Schaub was hit in the head at least twice today by Seattle pass rushers and it was never called. Once they knocked his helmet off and they didn't call it. Pretty amazing.
And, as far as your comment on the Super Bowl is concerned, that helmet to helmet contact on Crabtree was the biggest crime in my opinion - far more obvious than the non-call on the holding in the end zone. That's not even a judgment call and it happened right in front of a ref. That's first and goal from the 2 in every game I saw that season. The Niners got completely screwed and I don't care how many times people tell me that's part of the game or call me a "whiner", I'm still going to be bitter about it because that was just lousy officiating.
I read somewhere that Jerome Bogers crew was hand picked by Goodell to officiate the big game even though in years past that honor had always gone to the top graded crew of officials, does anyone know more about this?
I've always felt that in big games the refs are instructed to keep the games close. In the end the most important thing is the advertisers and television ratings. This is the real game. They've rigged the game so the teams that excel are disbanded. Ex-commissioner Pete Rozelle had a dream that every team finishes 8-8 and playoff slots aren't determined until he last week of the season. The NFL cares so much about the players, however, their greed wants more games. The game plan of the owners follow the same guidelines as Big Business.
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