1. I never would have thought we would be talking about a non-call in the Super Bowl again. At least not so soon. But in a season that began with replacement referees and ended on a 4th and 5 hold — and yes, it was a hold — one has to seriously be concerned with the state of officiating. The San Francisco 49ers fan base was sent into a tailspin after an infraction on Michael Crabtree’s possible game-winning touchdown went uncalled. It was one in a series of bad no-calls in Super Bowl XLVII. There’s this whole thing about the genie in the bottle when it comes to losses after the fact, but there is also a cold, hard truth here: The 49ers didn’t deserve to win. The Baltimore Ravens, finishing on top 34-31, took the game from San Francisco in the first quarter and were on the verge of giving the ballgame up before getting a little help. But make no mistake about it, the Ravens played for 60 minutes, something the 49ers failed to do. And when the game was on the line, and the comeback was in its full throes, the Ravens got one in a series of bad calls to go their way. It doesn’t make the call right, but it was equally distributed between the two teams. (via Bad no-call sours Super Bowl loss for 49ers - Extra Points - Boston.com)

    I never would have thought we would be talking about a non-call in the Super Bowl again. At least not so soon. But in a season that began with replacement referees and ended on a 4th and 5 hold — and yes, it was a hold — one has to seriously be concerned with the state of officiating. The San Francisco 49ers fan base was sent into a tailspin after an infraction on Michael Crabtree’s possible game-winning touchdown went uncalled. It was one in a series of bad no-calls in Super Bowl XLVII. There’s this whole thing about the genie in the bottle when it comes to losses after the fact, but there is also a cold, hard truth here: The 49ers didn’t deserve to win. The Baltimore Ravens, finishing on top 34-31, took the game from San Francisco in the first quarter and were on the verge of giving the ballgame up before getting a little help. But make no mistake about it, the Ravens played for 60 minutes, something the 49ers failed to do. And when the game was on the line, and the comeback was in its full throes, the Ravens got one in a series of bad calls to go their way. It doesn’t make the call right, but it was equally distributed between the two teams. (via Bad no-call sours Super Bowl loss for 49ers - Extra Points - Boston.com)

  2. My picks for this week and thoughts on the Patriots-49ers game. (via Week 16 NFL picks: 49ers find themselves as the team to beat | Zuri Berry)

    My picks for this week and thoughts on the Patriots-49ers game. (via Week 16 NFL picks: 49ers find themselves as the team to beat | Zuri Berry)

  3. Game time. #patriots #49ers  (at Gillette Stadium)

    Game time. #patriots #49ers (at Gillette Stadium)

  4. Time to come up for air: Some 49ers thoughts, staycation and more | Zuri Berry

    I’ve been absent from this space for the past month for the same reason I write sparsely in the month of March every year in Boston — high school tournament season. A large part of my responsibilities remain the Boston Globe’s coverage of high school sports and I take pride in making sure we’re represented properly online. So much so that I clocked a whopping 72 hours two weeks ago before taking this last week off on vacation following the state basketball and hockey championships.

    Just grinding. Or as I like to term on Twitter, #grindmode.

    Unfortunately for me, in the time I have been away from writing on this site, NFL free agency has bloomed and the San Francisco 49ers’ weird, twisted quarterback journey has been right in the thick of it.

  5. samanthica:

Alex Smith caddying for Harbaugh at the AT&T Pro-Am
(I love this picture so much)

There are layers to this photo. Imagine if the roles were reversed. Now think again about what this will mean if Alex is no longer the starting quarterback. (Mind racing.)

    samanthica:

    Alex Smith caddying for Harbaugh at the AT&T Pro-Am

    (I love this picture so much)

    There are layers to this photo. Imagine if the roles were reversed. Now think again about what this will mean if Alex is no longer the starting quarterback. (Mind racing.)

  6. In retrospect, the San Francisco 49ers played astronomically beyond their talents this season. Probably nobody knows this more than Jim Harbaugh. But I imagine he still must be distraught over Sunday’s 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship. I know 49ers fans are. (via Overachieving 49ers spruced up the football season | Zuri Berry)

    In retrospect, the San Francisco 49ers played astronomically beyond their talents this season. Probably nobody knows this more than Jim Harbaugh. But I imagine he still must be distraught over Sunday’s 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship. I know 49ers fans are. (via Overachieving 49ers spruced up the football season | Zuri Berry)

  7. x-raytech:

#49ers vs #Giants: The #Faithful have spoken  (Taken with instagram)

    x-raytech:

    #49ers vs #Giants: The #Faithful have spoken (Taken with instagram)

  8. genetta:

    That Smith Cray!

    “Niners in Paris” — excellent use of Jay-Z/Kanye West’s N—as in Paris. Love It!

  9. Beleaguered, battered and booed for much of his career, - 01.23.12 - SI Vault

    Jim Trotter has a great story here on Alex Smith and how his family reacted to his comeback win. It really is remarkable.

  10. I think we all can agree that Alex Smith has come of age this season. In the best game of his turbulent seven-year career, the man who played his college ball in Utah and never seemed to bring his helmet with him to the NFL, has leapfrogged every expectation thrown at him this season under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. Smith provided San Francisco 49ers fans with an unbelievable performance to admire for years to come, besting the highly touted New Orleans Saints and their MVP-candidate quarterback Drew Brees. In the 49ers’ 36-32 win Saturday, Smith was nothing short of phenomenal (24-of-42 passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns). And while it was really a complete game for the 49ers, with the team being carried for three quarters by the defense, Smith really turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter as the offense carried the team. And it’s because of his late game heroics that I’m so enamored with the guy I openly said should be out of football — both here on this site and in my columns for The Union.
(via Alex Smith makes good | Zuri Berry)

    I think we all can agree that Alex Smith has come of age this season. In the best game of his turbulent seven-year career, the man who played his college ball in Utah and never seemed to bring his helmet with him to the NFL, has leapfrogged every expectation thrown at him this season under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh. Smith provided San Francisco 49ers fans with an unbelievable performance to admire for years to come, besting the highly touted New Orleans Saints and their MVP-candidate quarterback Drew Brees. In the 49ers’ 36-32 win Saturday, Smith was nothing short of phenomenal (24-of-42 passing for 299 yards and three touchdowns). And while it was really a complete game for the 49ers, with the team being carried for three quarters by the defense, Smith really turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter as the offense carried the team. And it’s because of his late game heroics that I’m so enamored with the guy I openly said should be out of football — both here on this site and in my columns for The Union.

    (via Alex Smith makes good | Zuri Berry)

  11. Despicable human being. (via Saints fan allegedly shoots 2 Niners fans | Crime Scene | an SFGate.com blog)
  12. BAILEY - “Who’s Got It Better” - Song on iTunes (by baydachamp)

  13. "This is who the 49ers are. This is what San Francisco sports are today - defensive teams with offenses that create excruciating anxiety. - Gwen Knapp"

    49ers’ win over Steelers erases doubts, fears

  14. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the 49ers defense paired with the Patriots offense? Also, my NFL picks for the week. 
(via A few silly ideas about the 49ers, Patriots and my Week 13 NFL picks | Zuri Berry)

    Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the 49ers defense paired with the Patriots offense? Also, my NFL picks for the week. 

    (via A few silly ideas about the 49ers, Patriots and my Week 13 NFL picks | Zuri Berry)

  15. Wow, looks like the parents had favorites. 

ilovebaltimoresports:

Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, parents of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and  49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, celebrated their 50th anniversary this past Friday.
    Wow, looks like the parents had favorites.

    ilovebaltimoresports:

    Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, parents of Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, celebrated their 50th anniversary this past Friday.