Originally posted by SFL49ER:
I really want to make a list of every call or non-call that has went against us in unfair fashion but I seriously don't have the patience to find the near 25 calls plus that screwed us over.
The worst of the worst was with Bowman being attended to still on the field by the medical staff and the ref explaining to Harbaugh that the ball belonged to Seattle with no challenge possible. That was the worst 49ers moment of my life. I have never felt so sick about my Niners being shafted as that time.
f**k those asses that are throwing the flags on big hits but cant see the f**king hold 15 yards down field
My pet peeves are centered arounf the idea that refs only throw 15-yard PF penalties on 1) violent-looking plays, 2) don't take the entire play into account (i.e. don't factor in what the offensive player
does such as spin INTO a sack while ducking his head causing helmet-to-helmet contact or one player trying to stay upright while the other is falling to the ground and incidental contact) and 3) malicious intent (i.e. it's not hard to see if a defensive player is trying to injury a QB such as body slamming them, hitting them out of bound, aiming for the head on a slide, etc.). We saw Brooks get called on Brees and the very next week Ryan did not on a much more malicious act with intent.
Another is the idea that certain teams (i.e. Ravens, Seahawks, etc.) are allowed to play completely different games than any other team in the NFL (esp. at home). I have never seen defensive holdings, muggings, rappings more than these two team ever...and it's on every single play. Trust me, I'd call myself the best CB in the game too if I could maul WR's w/o recourse all the way down the field (and talk and gesture afterwards - isn't that a PF call as well?). And when they are called, 1 out of 10 times, it's almost always a small 5-yard holding vs. a pass interference b/c they hold throughout the entirety of the play.
And finally, playoff rules: It's been well documented that entire crews (see Superbowl last year) call games polar opposite in the playoffs from the regular season. Why? The bottom line is, like Harbaugh said, a foul is a foul. If you're going to make calls on guys like Brooks and Skuta then you need to call it that way across the board. Period. There is just WAY too much inconsistency in calls and often times they are only called one way. On the flip side, like in the Superbowl, how can an ENTIRE officiating crew watch our team being tackled, body slammed, held even by the jersey's stretched out and not ONE single call for holding on the Raven's safety play? To me, that screams of a deeper organization and a hidden set of rules (as alluded to be the replacement refs via the media)...no way ALL of them could just error on the justification side of being "human."
[ Edited by NCommand on Jan 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM ]