Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens and fans for winning their second Super Bowl championship.
Okay, now that we've gotten those niceties out of the way, can I be frank?
Do you or do you not believe 49ers' wide receiver Michael Crabtree was held on the 4th-and-goal pass play in the waning minutes of last night's game in New Orleans? There's a school of thought out there that somehow referees should swallow their whistle unless it's something egregious on a huge play like that, but c'mon! This isn't the NBA playoffs! (Where that attitude has always been prevalent.) Either there's defensive holding on that play or there isn't. (Some Atlanta Falcon fans might call it karma, as they maintain the same thing happened to them against the 49ers in the NFC Championship game 15 days ago.)
But look, it was a long (and we mean long, the longest in history because of the electrical blackout) game, and the 49ers put themselves into a serious hole in the second quarter, no question. The brilliant second-year Niners quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, struggled mightily, and the stunning kickoff return by the Ravens Jacoby Jones to begin the second half seemed to put the game out of reach at 28-6.
Props to Joe Flacco, the game's MVP, for his Montana-like performance throughout these NFL Playoffs. The Ravens were better for most of this game. But if the Niners get the ball on the one yard line with a little more than a minute to go, you have to figure they're going to score ... but we'll never know ...
Speaking of the ugly — the commercials, Beyonce, Phil Simms (everyone's got opinions on the periphery stuff). Let us address that last item. As the color commentator for CBS' NFL coverage, Simms was MIA last night during one of the most-watched events in U.S. television history. He was slow to recap critical moments, and seemed to contradict himself at times. Unimpressive.
Ray Lewis wasn't exactly MIA, but he really wasn't much of a factor considering all of the mass-media coverage that focused on him over the last couple of years ...
Okay, now to other news, like guns. Yesterday, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre went back on a major news show.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned the country that massive budgets cuts to defense could affect our troops' readiness to serve and protect in the future.
On Friday, Attorney General Pam Bondi made a return to Tampa to talk up the fact that those who had their homes foreclosed in recent years can apply for aid, but the deadline beckons.