I guess somebody had to do it. Less than an hour until the Cake-Demanding Harbaughs take on the Demands-Yet-To-Be-Uttered Harbaughs. As Bo smiles from football Valhalla...
Man, the Puppy Bowl just finished, then I had to get though the what are you eating/drinking for the Super Bowl, and now the game open thread is already upon us? I can't handle the pressure!
Although I am not a Niners fan, I did get Jim Harbaugh's autograph the weekend of Super Bowl XL at the Canton Sam's Club for free. So it'd bepretty cool to say that I have a Super Bowl winning head coach's signature on my Michigan helmet.
you're a douchebag and we hope you blow it
screw you and go blue
sincerely everyone at U of M
Yeah, I highly doubt everyone here feels that way...Personally, I'm rooting for him.
I hope the Niners win. Jim is still one of my favorites.
Growing up in the 80's, Harbaugh and Paul Jokish were my favorites during that time.
Me too! Go Niners!
Go our Harbaugh and go 49ers.
- class of 2004 alum
Glad you don't speak for all alums, because Jim and John are great coaches and people. Even though he has a foot-in-mouth problem, doesn't change the fact that Jim won for us and beat Ohio twice.
Doesn't that make it hard to root for the 49ers?
The '12-'13 49ers could form their own chapter of The Ohio State University Alumni Association:
That's what I don't get about professional football. I could never understand rooting for a team full of guys from Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska and/or Michigan State. (Or wherever it is that this year's edition players hail from.)
Jim Harbaugh is one of my favorite players of all-time.
Meh, let's be real was what he said true or not? He seems like a douche, but hey he killed two less people than Ray Lewis (and five less than alledgedly Craig James).
These Roman numerals are getting unwieldy. I wonder how many people can look at XLVII and actually know what number it represents. Maybe it's time for the Super Bowl to retire the practice.
It's Super Bowl Extra Large Seven right?
So I guess you didn't like when Van Halen released MCMLXXXIV...yeah yeah it was a terrible joke. But anyway, I don't think it's that bad. Maybe when we get to numbers like 1984, but 47 isn't too hard to read.
Once we hit 50.
Chicken nachos with Bells Best Brown and Moose Drool, add in the blunt and Rootbeer float for the second half and the evening will be complete!
I told you the pressure of all these threads was tough.
I know what you mean. Way too much focus on Ray pre-game. Dudes really shady character. "God doesn't make a mistake", when he spoke about the double homicide and his role.
Love what Boomer said a bit ago about telling the Niners that this isn't Ray Lewis' personal Super Bowl, go get 'em!
This is probably the least interested I have ever been in a Super Bowl.
I don't know if it is the Harbaugh or Lewis hype, but I'm really apathetic towards it this year. Like I need yet another reason to drink like a fish and eat like a horse .
It'll be cool to see a Super Bowl that isn't XXLVIIXI
X = 10
L = 50
V = 5
I = 1
If the inferior value is subtracted, per Roman nomenclature, didn't we already witness SB XXXIV (34) ?
"Can he get in? NO, HE CANNOT!"
Also, RIP SMN.
Baltimore Browns all the way baby. #ArtOut
All those letters are confusing, but I only need remember that the SB number = my age.
I heard Ray Lewis follows Craig James on twitter
Im about to get political.
Jennifer Hudson is a better singer of patriotic songs than Beyonce.
Beyonce blows and is overexposed.
He was signaling a vendor for 2 hot dogs and a bag of peanuts.
Way to screw up on the big stage
However, his life will go on, which is more than we can say for some people.
What was it he said about the people from Baltimore and San Feancisco?
That was disgusting.
but I despise Ray Lewis. Go Niners.
Don't you mean XLIXers?
I'm rooting for Baltimore cause the schudenfreude out of Cleveland will be epic.
And they deserve more torture and pain.
The schadenfreude out of Cleveland is constant and unchanging. The very existence of the Baltimore Browns is an insult. It matters not how they perform on the field.
them to three.
Are they really advertising Black Crown to hipsters? Because I don't think hipsters are going to buy it...
It's delayed by like 10 seconds so its an instant replay that lets you see everything.
Don't you mean Clevelund?
Wasn't the Wizard of Oz all in Dorothy's dream?
So cream/cookie is the new great taste/less filling?
49er secondary......getting absolutely torched right now. Better hope the Smith boys can start to get some pressure
I don't get the black crown commercial. Clearly Bud is not in the taste market, but rather in the drink as many as you can market. But why point that out so obviously?
I thought he was throwing that away. Wow. That throw. After outplaying two of the GOAT in the last two rounds. I will appologize for the fact tthat I never respected Flacco before.
But all that needs to be said about this game is how many commercial comments are in this thread vs. football ones.
Also think about the demographics of people who go to Michigan. Mostly from the Midwest or Northeast. I doubt almost anyone here really cares at all about either of these two teams.
It's mostly me. I'm watching the game pretty closely, I just don't have anything to say about it and I don't feel like looking down at my computer to post during the game.
Anyone know if there will be another Chrysler commercial this year?
That their ongoing franchise is "Fast and Furious."
I'm so excited for Fast 6.
Did they stop using Need for Speed cinematics and start using, you know, cars?
The beauty of the movies is they're broke criminals pulling robberies using multi-million dollar cars that they could sell and live on for the rest of their lives.
was a fumble.
Completely random he was trying to hit high and he happened to catch the ball....
and that will be the end of LaMichael James Super Bowl experience....
I feel like I'm in 1997 again
A great year to be a Michigan Wolverine.
carving them up.
Patrick Willis put on 3 lbs over the last week. to "prepare" for the Raven's running attack?
WTF Phil Simms?
I will never complain about Musberger, Spielman etc. again.
...opportunities for brutal comments like that.
buckeyes are dumb.
Naturally, the blame for that sequence should go onto one Donte Whitner for his lack of discipline.
He's an Ohio alum, obviously.
He sure doesn't like using his arms to tackle very much, either.
Flacco with great velocity on that throw, got it past the LBer's just in time.
The play action fake yields rewards for Flacco and the Ravens. That makes for a 10 for 13 for 124 yards for Joe Flacco. Interestingly, both teams are not terribly far apart when it comes to total yards though, and they are only 14 seconds apart for time of possession.
Well this is getting out of hand fast....
T minus Alex Smith in how many minutes?
Then again, this is the same SF team that was down 17 points at Atlanta.
Jim Harbaugh thanks John Harbaugh for that fake...
Someones gettin ejected...maybe
Well, no Lions QB has been intercepted in a Super Bowl either, so, uh, yeah.
I haz a sad now.
Joe Montana just threw his drink across the room and Steve Young went to the men's room to get sick.
This game is getting a little ugly.
Please make it stop.
Ravens fans to this all the time...it's truly original, no?
DId anyone see what actually caused the scuffle?
Jim Harbaugh probably shook someone's hand again...
49er secondary couldn't tackle to save their lives at this point.
Temple Owls represent.
Genius if it works; kick in the nuts when it doesn't.
Man coaches normally way too risk averse but that was... really dumb.
Don't think the fake was that dumb. Pretty unexpected move and also the 49ers got it on their 6 yard line even when it failed. Defense looks to have played well for Baltimore so high upside and relatively low downside.
That was a hell of a crack the ball carrier took on the fake.
And it's 4th and 4 or 5, that fake works.
Hmm....might we get a Alex Smith 2nd half appearance?
The third down draw down 11 would alomst make me break more of the things than a fake field goal
Every time I see Barry Williams from the Ravens I think of this guy in the secondary...
If they can't makes some points out of this I'm thinking they're looking back on this as why they lost.
Sam: What was that play Mr. Goodell?
RG: Well, you see Sam, sometimes a team...
Sam: Why do you smell like wet band-aids?
RG: It's called scotch honey. Want a Wearther's?
Sam: Can I go home now?
Offensive P.I. wow that was pretty awful.
So... at least we don't have to stick around and watch half-time show....
These boys ballin'.
It would be a SF epic comeback.
I see Gerg has landed a position on the 49ers defensive staff
Flacco makes me very excited about Shane Morris. You just can't teach arm strength like that.
"You be super conservative with the football" -- because if you just don't turn it over, the 18 point comeback when the other team gets the ball next is totally reasonable. Damn that was stupid thing to say Phil Simms
Flacco's gonna get broke off in the offseason.
But the 49ers look like they were ready to be had. Damn Patriots for not being ready to get Brady another Super Bowl.
Ravens were a funny case. They looked like the class of the AFC early, then the wheels kinda came off, then they fired Cam, and here they are.
Ira is going to be insufferable on WTKA this week.
I think I may have heard once that Ira is from Maryland.
The Ravens can't give it back in a minute.
Edit: because I don't want to do 3 in a row...
He didn't pass it Sims because he had no intent to do anything other than run with it.
Gah... that hurts - gotta make a play if you want to win.
A field goal ins't even close to good enough. If you have to just throw it away and go for it on fourth.
You're down a TD and conversion. You have to get the points there and one up with something. Slow momentum.
I think if I was a player in the Super Bowl id take a shower and get a nap in at halftime.
Why Beyonce? Already disinterested
If you don't do any actual singing.
If you're just going to writhe around the stage might as well be stripping and make everyone happier.
So, it's an interesting comparison when you look at the 1st half stats....
Baltimore has 14 1st downs to SanFrancisco's 10.
Baltimore has 54 rushing yards to San Francisco's 53. Indeed, the 49ers have actually gotten slightly more mileage out of the rushing game in terms of YPC in only one less attempt.
The time of possession literally is pretty close, with Baltimore having a slight edge - 15:30 to 14:30.
Baltimore is clearly in charge through the air - Baltimore has 187 yards passing to San Francisco's 129 yards. Flacco has gotten yards from seven different receivers.
Jimmy, it's Mommy. You are doing really good coaching.
I want it now!
I know Jimmy, it's o.k.
I want cake now!!
I know son...
I WANT IT NOW!!!
John, it's dad.
Hey Dad,what's up?
Helluva game you got goin' son.
You need anything?
Yeah, a Super Bowl trophy.
Yeah Pop, now.
Is frentic activity supposed to be entertainment? Is there something Beyonce does that's really great?
Based on my female facebook friends apparently EVERYTHING. Also she is really hot.
What performer(s) would get anywhere near this reaction from male fans?
Rush??? Ok that's just me then....
Nope....just the fact that she is Sean Carter's women and she does a lot of shaking.
Only Jay-Z knows for sure.
I guess we now know why she lip synced the national anthem.
Style over substance
Even under pressure, Flacco is completing passes. This is one game where the QB will really have earned the MVP.
Had the TV on mute for the whole halftime show. Zero interest.
You guys are killing her. I thought it was pretty good and I don't listen to pop music at all. It's all about performance and spectacle.
And not singing, apparently
Was it really necessary to quote Oprah up on the screen in that voice over? I mean that sentiment (we haven't forgotten about you, vets) is hardly an original one.
Crisp like an apple. Brewed like an ale. They nailed my niche exactly...
That halftime show was fantastic to look at.
I don't know what all the complaints are about.
Worst Super Bowl since Colts/Bears?
That was fast.
Aaaaaaand it's netflix time.
Check out House of Cards. Netflix original programming and it's great.
now John, now.
109 kickoff return. Looks like Johnny will have bragging rights over Jimmy this year.
At least there's still the commercials?
That waiting for Iron Man 3 is the remaining highlight of the night.
Get it Dez!
No Jim, no.
But now I'm seeing why he's not.
I wouldn't have pegged the Ravens to have gotten past Denver or NE, but right now they are on track to having one of the more dominant wins in SB history since at least those early-90's Cowboys teams.
They probably lost power in the booth too.
cut out the lights?
Lights went out? Must be the BWW guy.
The facilities crew thinks the game is over too...
That's it. Everyone go home.
...turn off the lights. Well played Jim, well played indeed.
Leave it to the over glorified shit hole of New Orleans to mess this up.
Call it a draw?
Near any of the power breakers?
There's enough light. Play on!!
Do we really need to watch Flacco stretch?
Probably not be what CBS wants during a blowout...might lose (a few million) casual viewers
Turn out the lights, the party's overrrrr
Just can't make tv happy with it.
Is it fair to say the Ravens are playing lights out ??!
this is awkward
thanks for sucking up all the power, beyonce
Game, thread, over.
Wow. Well played, good sir. Well played, indeed.
if I was a Ravens player. Get the damn lights back on. This is the Super Bowl.
I think I'm going to watch some more House of Cards...
To kill time, I'd like Shannon Sharpe to explain the science behind the power surge.
How the hell does this happen. Maybe they should call FEMA, lights will be back on sometime in March.
this gives the Niners more time to diagram a run up the middle on 3rd and long.
I kid, I kid, because I love.
So who is going to go up and change the light bulbs???
I won my prop bet on the power going out.
is watching CBS scramble to awkwardly fill this time. So far it's been 10 minutes of talking about nothing
Buffalo wild wings needs to knock this shit off and turn the lights back on.
Fans were singing White Stripes 7 nation army
Rewarming up those lights is hard and takes a long time.
As long as we're waiting...
Nice of Jim Nantz to point out that the crowd is remaining calm. I was a little worried that they'd be all Lord of the Flies or resorting to cannibalism by now.
is tearing somebody a new one, deservingly.
Any guesses on what's being said?
I must say, I was not impressed with the Superdome when I went there for the Sugar Bowl last year. Inferior viewing experience compared to the Big House.
BTW - interesting seeing John Harbaugh ripping the Super Bowl official a new one.
The bottom bowl level I was at sucked you have to look in between people because of the level seating. Other than that stadium was really nice
I lucked into club level tickets on the 30 yard line for the divisional playoff game the year the Saints won the Super Bowl. Those were some awesome seats. For the Sugar Bowl we were in the upper bowl in the opposite endzone of the game winning kick. Those seats sucked.
15 minutes till the power comes back on....
honest. This time we mean it.
I really wish the patriots had won the AFC both because Ray Lewis would not be here and I would've been watching countless references to Harbuagh's and Brady's times as Michigan QBs
The night is getting surreal.
Jim Harbaugh leads the league in apoplectic.
Wow. Bryant McKinnie seeking to get Joe Flacco killed there.
lights flipped the momentum.
They won't be expecting it now, and they're reeling.
Was that Ted Ginn punt return the first great play I have seen from him since he was drafted so long ago?
Like, not even funny. It's just a big competition to see who can have the most attention-whoring commercial
Ravens should go turn the lights off so maybe the momentum will flip back to them again
...kick the PAT and go with an onside kick. I'd still play it straight though; lots of time left.
It was this guy:
Based on his pre-game message to the families of the two people whose murder investigation he obstructed I suspect God is pretty angry with him, just now.
Way to pull the rug, God.
Power outage for MVP
going for an all-time choke job here
That would've been a huge momentum killer for San Fran but the Ravens kindly give it right back
and has won his National Champion(s)... I would gladly welcome Jimmy Harbough as the next coach.
The man is all passion and intensity. Love it.
When the 49ers were down 22?
That is some serious MoJo going against them right now.
Didn't look to me like Akers was even touched, he just saw Williams on the ground under him and dropped on him.
"We're looking into the cause of the power outage."
$5 says they find cake in the transformer station and burn marks on Jackie Harbaugh.
The Ravens' offense always hit some sort of mental block and goes 3 and out a bunch of times in a row.
That hit from Walker was nasty.
...this Leon Sandcastle kid?
He's in the draft, I don't know which college he attended
Did I see a Maize block M on the collar of John Harbaugh??
I see it says Art. Time to schedule an eye exam!
WTF did I just watch?
God made a farmer<halftime in America
And THAT is the rest of the story.
That looked like a blown offsides no call to me.
Kia, proudly encouraging Americans to make up dumbass lies and tell them to their kids since 2013.
Kaepernick is unreal
Dude is carving up the Niners defense.
Not going to work, but worth a try.
He was short but who cares? That wsas second down, right? It's a pretty guraranteed conversion regardless.
Boldin is amazing
is a beast!
Jim makes me laugh
Kate Upton sighting.
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Really? Damn, columbus must be very cold and lonely in early February. At least you have Rosey and a cooler to comfort you.
I feel like the refs have orders to keep this sucker close so people stay up later to see the end. Stupid power outage.
I honestly started watching a movie after the KO return. I feel like a real toolbox now.
Bob Odenkirk was the next big thing
The five yard line might be the sweet spot for the Ravens D. Harder to exploit the fact that Lewis and Reed are slow when the field is so short.
The use of that timeout there means that if SF doesn't score they can't save enough time for a hail mary.
Every time they blitz Kaepernick he blows it.
One special teams play the difference.
Turned into a pretty good game.
That was a bad call.
Definitely a hold.
Well Super Bowl championship for the officials. That is a joke.
Harbaugh needs to chill. While there was contact, it would have been a none issue if your QB wasn't desperately launching a ball off his back foot to avoit the interior blitz. That was really the definitively aspect of that play, not the fact that the WR and DB were getting all touchy and feely. Smith has his hands on Crabtree, but Crabtree is also pushing off of Smith's head and flirting with facemask contact.
I don't have a dog in the fight here but the receiver will always push away from the hold which was what happened.
The ball was catchable if not for the hold.
Crabtree was not making that catch. However, that is irrelevant as Smith was guilty of holding. The penalty ought to have been called.
It must be said that the refs let a lot go tonight.
I wouldn't say uncatchable, Crabtree is good, but extremely unlikely. Lets say Smith never touches Crabtree, Crabtreee still has to dodge around the space occupied by Smith. Then he has to catch a backfoot pass that was thrown before he was expecting it, and he is likely getting hit by Ed Reed as he brings it in.
To me it really comes down to, both sides were making contact and throwing the flag is still deciding the game in a sense (since it means first and goal at the one). If the zebra swallows the whistle, the 49ers fans are pissed because of the no call. If the zebra calls it, the Ravens are pissed because there was contact on both sides.
Why would you safety yourself? Seriously?
Take the safety. It does two things for you. First you punt from the 20 instead the back of your endzone. Secondly at 34 to 31, SF is now likely playing for a field goal to tie instead of the touchdown. That means that as opposed to losing when they score a TO in regulation, you at least get a shot at OT.
Edit: Or the 49ers could be unprepared and now they are unlikely to even get a shot at a regulation play.
How do they not call holding there?
The middle up back for the Ravens was legit bear hugging the guy.
Yeah, throw the flag for holding in the endzone so the result of the play is a safety...oh wait...
well played indeed.
Exactly, since they don't blow the play dead or put time back on the clock for holding, everyone on that team should be holding. Or well anything that doesn't involve stripping a guy's helmet off.
Now the safety punt is the last play of the game, no hail mary chance
Fair catch free kick. This game needs more crazy.
Once you decide holding is allowed, I guess you have to give the Ravens credit for knowing that you can continue to do it on that punt.
Calling a hold would be redundant, seeing as the result would still be a safety.
The non-call did cost SF enough time for one play post-punt.
Nance: "Any reason to take a safety?"
Simms was flipping awful the last 2 minutes of the game. On the holding non-call, he repeatedly claims both players are making contact, but fails to mention that Crabtree only pushed off to disengage from the hold. Just call it a hold Phil!
Then the one word, zero justification response to whether the Ravens should take a safety, "No". That's the best color commentary that CBS has to offer???
Didn't even look to pitch the ball
PITCH IT TO BREASTON!!!!
That was surprisingly, no hook and ladder option set up at all. I know they like their returner and all but you figured you'd have that set up as an option.
Nooo Ecker, pitch it to Breaston!!
I guess the only thing to do now is keep Ray Lewis away from the post game parties.
The lesson, as always...
Big Bro > Lil Bro
Just kiddng. Kind of. That turned out to be a really entertaining game. I had no rooting interest, I'm just happy to be entertained
A season that starts with replacement refs ends with a superbowl decided by the regular refs. Sort of a poetic full circle i suppose.
That's how Jim lost, hope he never gets back there.
I don't understand the complaining about the refs. The calls were fair for each team and the refs stayed out of things for the most part which led to an entertaining game. I enjoyed it.
Did you stop watching at the two minute warning?
Ohh, that unsettling moment when you realize football is gone for the next 7 months. So thankful that we have a damn good basketball team to watch for a while.
Good thing I love baseball too!
we'll always have that recruiting obsession.
because that's the ball game if you throw it, and there's a plausible handfighting argument (plausible, I said), and we know you just don't get that call without blood being drawn at the end of a game...
...but as a Michigan fan that had to watch that Rose Bowl ref take his flag out then put it back in his pocket on New Year's Day 1998 after the Wash St. receiver shoved Chuck Wood to the ground on the late fly route... I say do your job and throw the laundry.
At least this one wasn't quite as blatant as that shove.
I'm just baffled that everyone's only talking about *that* call. How about the ridiculously blatant helmet-to-helmet hit the play before?!?! The defensive holding is debatable, the helmet to helmet was not, esp after how much emphasis the League has been putting on that all season. Inexcusable officiating & it had a huge impact on the game's outcome.
If the refs had called the blatant hold on the punt, what would have happened? Would the yardage be assessed on the free kick?
Would have had exactly the same result, with the same amount of time on the clock. Good instruction to all punt blockers at that point to go ahead and just tackle the man across from you, because what the hell, gives us more time to run around back there.
Well that doesn't seem fair.
I'm sure it will be addressed sooner or later. Just add the time the play took back onto the clock for all safeties or something. Buddy Ryan used to field 13 men goaline units and 14 man punt teams when he was more concerned about killing the clock than the yards from too many men on the field penalty. After the Giants did the same thing in a Super Bowl, the rule was changed to the play is blown dead if a team lines up with over 11 men on the field.
Blow the play dead immediately if there is a flag thrown in the endzone on the offensive/kicking team so there is no advantage incurred by deliberately committing holds to kill time.
I'd say that if the offense gives up a safety with under 2 minutes left in a half, the entire time of the play should just be put back on the clock. If you blow the play dead you still have the delay where the ref processes the hold mentally, throws the flag, and blows his whistle. Then they'll have to go dick around with instant replay to figure out the exact time in some cases I bet. Also refs will forget to blow the play dead in some cases since the rest of the time they don't blow the play dead for holding.
Plus there is the edge case where the team gets away with two holds but the third one is noticed. If you put the entire play back on the clock it covers the first two that were missed. End of the day though, the self safety is so rare there might not be a huge move to change this rule.
I hope I never see that overrated, overpubliciized nitwit's name in print again.
Better than seeing him speed away from a murder scene.........again
Ray needs to stop with the 'God is on my side' thing. God doesn't care who wins.
I can assure you that God has bigger fish to fry than pro football.
If you're a 49ers fan, take solace in that you now have a growing fanbase in some remote African village
I'm kinda lost after this night....
I'll never cease to be amazed by how desperately people grasp at any tenuous associations with success. Would the Ray Lewis is the Devil screeds still be pouring out if this were 2002 and Elvis Grbac were quarterbacking Baltimore?