Interestingly, Cary Williams will be neither fined nor suspended (and he wasn’t penalized) for his two-handed shove of an official during the 2nd quarter of the Super Bowl. While this should have been an instant ejection, it elicited no response from anyone on the field or in the booth. Even more interestingly, Frank Gore two weeks earlier in the NFL Championship game, was fined $10,500 for his egregious flashing of his calves. I’m surprised Gore isn’t being forced to go to fashion rehab.
I wonder what kind of message this sends to the players. Well, I don’t. What it says is we already know that there are plays that are too close to call, or in too big a situation to call, but this is a real conundrum. It wasn’t a case of mistaken identity. Williams knew he was shoving a referee. The NFL decides to turn a blind eye to it. No harm, no foul. Right? Well . . .
To me this means, the bigger the game, the more one can get away with. Did Navorro Bowman impede Julio Jones in the NFC Championship game, thus saving our season for one more game? Could be. Did Bruce Miller get held on the KO return? By TWO Ravens? Well, yes. Crabs? Well, debatable, but it sure looked like shit that gets called all the time. The Niners got a call here and there, but the overwhelming tilt was to the Ravens side in my opinion. Much like the Seattle/Pittsburgh Super Bowl of a few years ago, this one sure had the smack of the refs giving some help. To what end? I don’t know. I didn’t give a shit about the Sea/Pitt Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh got a ton of calls go their way. Enough to tilt the game? Sure. This one? You betcha.
Hey, it’s 2 months til anything to write about. This is all I got. I just think it’s hysterical that Gore gets a $10,500 fine for his socks being too low, but a ref gets shoved by a clearly pissed off player, and nothing happens. I guess the league is still pissed off at the refs . . .