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Tainted Victory

February 4, 2013 - Michael Palmer
The controversial play came on fourth down from the Ravens' 5 yard line. San Fransisco QB Colin Kaepernick launched a high-arching fade toward Crabtree in the right corner of the end zone. There was contact between Michael Crabtree and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who first grabbed the 49ers wideout as he was running his route near the goal line -- which is legal. But Smith continued to hold Crabtree as he crossed into the end zone, but there was no penalty called.

"That's holding," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh screamed from the sidelines, but to no avail the officials were standing solid in their either ignorance or down right icompetence.

Every fan watching knew he was righteous in his complaint. The entire Raven's Nation knew then that their season would forever be marked with an asterix . Ray Lewis celebrated but he knew that Smith had tarished the moment, his moment. An otherwise great game suddenly was relegated a back seat to controversy.

Suddenly the game no longer belonged to the players, it had been stolen from them and they were all aware. All that came before and all that came after now revolved around an obvious oversight.

Would Crabtree have made the catch if allowed to legally runhis route? No one will ever know, because Smith thought he would and made the decision to hold the jersey and take the penalty. The flag never came and so an otherwise great game became secodary.

A second ring for the appropriately dubbed "Dirty Birds" - Whoopty Freakin Doo.! Let's all lip sync some Destiny's Child.

BTW equally disappointed in this year's crop of commercials.


Article Comments



Feb-06-13 1:48 PM

Michael, I respect your articles but this one is in outer space. You need a week off for vacation or a good dose of reality !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Feb-06-13 9:05 AM

sounds like a disgruntled Browns fan comment. Clearly no foul on that play. Browns need need only review the entire move from Cleveland and truly access responsibility.. Not with Art Modell. I can give you the true and exact details if you desire. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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