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)

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  3. "I feel like I’m playing linebacker on a football field, just keeping my head on a swivel. But instead of looking for blockers and opposing offensive players, I’m looking out for celebrities, hookers and NFL players."

    My Super Bowl XLVI pick, plus Indy thoughts | Zuri Berry

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  5. Zuri Berry from Indy

    ESPN

    INDIANAPOLIS — I did a radio interview with ESPN Radio 1230/1450 in North Carolina. They were kind enough to send the interview snippet as an .MP3. We talk Indianapolis and the Super Bowl. And, of course, Rob Gronkowski’s ankle. Enjoy.

  6. Good times

    Talked to a lot of cool folks today. Eric Davis, Eddie George, Adam Schefter. Yesterday I talked to Steve Mariucci. All good people and all generous with their time. Saw Ciara, saw Maurice Jones-Drew and and not to forget a ton of the Patriots. Actually one of ‘em told me, while oggling all the female reporters, “man why can’t I get one of the good interviews.” Ha. Good times.
  7. Who is the “The Duke?” It’s a simple question, one that every player for the New England Patriots and New York Giants will ask when they see the Super Bowl XLVI footballs. (via Super Bowl footballs have New York Giants history - Double Coverage - Boston.com)

    Who is the “The Duke?” It’s a simple question, one that every player for the New England Patriots and New York Giants will ask when they see the Super Bowl XLVI footballs. (via Super Bowl footballs have New York Giants history - Double Coverage - Boston.com)