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February 03, 2013

Ravens 34, 49ers 31 (Final): Baltimore hangs on in wild one, Flacco MVP, lights out for San Fran

[1) It is SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3. Sad news. Punxsutawney Phil, arising from his hole yesterday as he does every Groundhog Day, accidentally was shot and killed by a hunter untrained in the use of an AK-47. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Readers vent on Marino scandal, history lesson from Don Shula, Hall of Fame, UM men win again, Smirk Saturday. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]

1aa1lewisrayRAVENS 34, 49ERS 31: Baltimore way up early, then a bizarre 35-minute delay when stadium lights went out, embarrassing NFL and New Orleans, after which San Fran rallied to make it a darned good Super Bowl. Is it true that Ray Lewis asked God to make the lights go out to prolong his career? I'm just asking. I'll be interested to see how many of my media brethren will be able to resist the easy, obvious temptation to use the lights-out/lights-on thing as a metaphor for the leads they write. Guessing 4,678 will try to resist, and that 4,496 will fail. I've had some fun at Lewis' expense, but owe much respect to the great ex-Cane as he lapses into retirement as a champion.

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: LEWIS AND HAR-BRO OVERLOAD, MARINO AND DEER ANTLERS, PREGAME AND HALFTIME, HYPED-UP COMMERCIALS AND PARTIES ... OH AND, TIME PERMITTING, A FOOTBALL GAME, TOO!: Welcome to America's real National Holiday, fellow Americans and others. Early this evening the 49ers and Ravens will cap a week of comically excessive buildup by playing the 47th edition of the Super Bowl to decide the NFL championship. San Francisco is favored. I predict an upset by Baltimore, 24-21. Pictured below are five snapshots that pretty well capture the buildup to this here-at-last game; left to right: Evangelical Ray Lewis, the Coachin' Harbaugh Brothers, Colin Kaepernick-ing, Dan Marino and Deer Antlers.

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HOSTING A SUPER BOWL PARTY: An estimated 78 percent of Americans host or attend a Super Bowl 1aa1insanesbparty, according to a statistic I just completely made up. But doesn't it sound about right? Share your Super Bowl Sunday plans here. I myself will be hosting a small party that will involve an oven-roasted Boston butt (pulled pork), homemade smoked beef jerky, illegal betting and enough beer to float a battleship. I'll be tending this blog and Tweeting during the game unless the battleship has already sailed (wink). Pictured is an edible stadium, otherwise called The Kind of Super Bowl Party I'd Not Wish to Attend. I picture that the host will admonish the first person who attempts to eat the work of art. My dream: As host is preparing for guests to arrive and is otherwise occupied, the family's untended Rottweiler notices the edible stadium for the first time.

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I will be rooting for the Ravens. Can't stand SF.

btw, Greg, Punxsutawney Phil was not shot by an untrained hunter with an AK-47. He was shot by this guy:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02469/obama-shoot_2469253b.jpg

shadow I was at the Miami versus NE game you speak of I remember well the 3 incomplete passes, the Mare kick OB and the blown 10 point lead with 5 minutes left things started out great 14-0 lead then...

One thing though on the Carter drop that pass was tipped ever so slightly if I recall that may have made a difference catchable yes very but watch the replay if you want to see.

Have a great SB everyone stay safe.

dropping some serious cash on the 49ers as i type

I'll be working during the game today. Not pulling for either team. Would like to see it close throughout.

Going to a SB party today, and I am pulling for the 49ers. They have a little more class then the ravens. If the 49ers do win, I just hope t-fizzle does not beat up the wife again.

This Sunday, millions of Americans will watch two siblings square off, blood against blood, as they attempt to achieve the single most important goal of their lives.

http://gawker.com/5980898/a-guide-to-not-watching-the-super-bowl

Naples rooting for SF ...what a surprise..

I'm at my daughters to watch the game, grand kids and the SB..later guys.

I don't know one Patriot fan rooting for Baltimore Naples is keeping the streak alive.

Big Baby,

wiki's account of the drop in its chris carter bio:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cris_Carter#Miami_Dolphins

nothing about a tipped pass, nor for that matter his giving gary anderson the choke sign before the winning kick, almost 10 yards longer than his previous FG that season

Good afternoon sportsfans. KAZ, big day for you sir. Hopefully you'll actually get to experience Dolphins taking Vinny Loving Cup back to Miami before you run out of time on Precious Mother Earth. Anyway a smart as a whip crow beats a redneck with a pick ax and a hand full of fools gold any & every day of the week in my bird loving book. I bet I love birds especially the smart and predatory raptors as much as you love fish sir.

What a great question by Joe Namath; How many days do you remember forever?

All right,

Ravens 22....SF 20.

Enjoy the games fellers....

I guess I'm with Shannon Sharpe, my heart says Ravens, but my brain says Niners.

Not many committing their picks here other than Woodcock and Cote picking Ravens, and Rawpimple and myself picking the Niners.

Good, FZ. I can count on the three of you to consistently side with the underdog...almost every time. Hope you guys are right.

Going with San Fran in a blow-out, Over by Half time, But then again WTF do I know??

Anyone else?

Cote, anyone choke on your beef jerky? Where exactly did that beef come from?

And we're off...

Who's Doing the Half-Time Show?, Tom Petty,The Who,Areosmith,Rolling Stones????,

I think I heard them say Lawrence Welk.

Thought he was dead..

The come back tour.

Heard Tid(Sideline)Ginns Name a few minutes ago, No sdeline is safe with him on the field.

Oh Yeah I almost forgot.........

http://youtu.be/ZYSxJgjjJFc

That was the first blown call, and it was a difference maker.

GROSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

godaddy commercial featuring a tight shot of bar rafeli smooching a chaz bono type-UCCCCCHHHHH!!

The team that scores the most should win..
IMHO..

New Star Trek Film looks to be pretty good...

Ohhhhh Snap, The Bimbo who lips sings her songs as our halftime "Etertainment", That sucks....


Going with San Fran in a blow-out, Over by Half time, But then again WTF do I know??

Posted by: Anti-Christ | February 03, 2013 at 06:22 PM


Ment Baltimore...LOL

Lets Hope for a wardrobe Malfnction..
Only thing that can Save this sorry ass Halftime show..

Anti christ, i bet now you're wishing the half time show was Tom Petty, Benatar, R. Stones, McCartney, etc. There wasnt any thing, especially the songs, that appealed to me in Beyonce's show.

They ought to re-playing that go daddy commercial a few more times during the power outage, Far better than this commentary.

Seriously, would people get grossed out if there isnt a geek in the kiss? Would've been better with another female model. Godaddy perhaps went for something that standout. They succeeded.

The Jamaican accent commercal was the best. Racism? Even the Jamaican government supports it.

This game is over anyway. I dont see a comeback. San fran is a gorgeous city, and the team was exciting, but Baltimore is deserving this. Reaxng game for me this year, as i dont care who wins.

WHERE DID JACOBY JONES COME FROM?

huge play against denver, two huge plays tonight. on both pass plays there was a mountain of air under two underthrown passes- doesn't SF and didn't denver have a roaming free safety in their schemes? or domall these sissy zone defenses take the free safety out of playing the ball and not a man and confine him to an area. that was the main complaint of the pre-merger NFL about the AFL: that AFL defensive backs couldn't cover man-to-man. wanna dismantle a zone defense/ RUN THE DARN BALL and make LBs and DBs have to worry about sweeps coming there way. the failure of today's teams to run to the outside allows the opponents to get into cushy zone defenses which are responsible for so many scoring drives at the end of halves and so many deep balls of the typw that allowed jacoby jones to wait for ages before the balloons thrown to him in denver and tonight hit him in the chest.

MIke1,

getting ready form a wednesday 4 PM qualifier? an important game in the middle of the week so early? is it a honduran holiday wednesday? the USA sems so weak to me that if they get more than a goal/game from dempsey i will be shocked. michael bradley is being touted as the gringos most important player in the midfield, but i have got to see him control a game of importance before i acknowledge him as a force for the USA.

I think Nancy Pelosi snuck into the mechanical room and stuck her hair pin into the main power source.

OC, We can only hope she's now Dead..

I was at the US - canada game last week, but probably none of thise players will start vs Honduras. Hard to really rate that game because a lot depends on the line up and that Canada went out to pack the defesne. US dominated but couldnt get it in goal. Benny Feilbaher looked ok,but only played a few minutes and has played well for the US in the past. Beckerman played ok too. MLS top scorer Wondolowski had some chanes even a semi bicycle. I got a pic with gim at the training session previous day.

You're aware that we don't get the US away games on tv anymore? Instead, you can watch Mexico vs Jamaica on espn2 as well as the spanish network. Espn2 has an english speaker that does goooooooooaaaal!

Some other games on TV on Wednesday,

Espn2. Germany vs France. At 2:55pm. Eastern

Fox Soccer channel, Brazil. Vs England

Glad i didn't give up on this game. I almst started to watch the lifetime channel.
Most commercials continue the annual trend of lame. I'd prefer the whole commercial fad go away anyway. This is the Super Bowl. It shouldn't be watered down or have its focus diminished.

In other news, in American style football Yesterday, Sweden beat Poland in its first ever game. 27-14. 6000 in attendance in Poland. Swedens uniform is ok. Poland's is great. The national symbol is the white eage and they did a good job with it and the national colors.

and their goes Kaepernick!


Dumb 2 point play call though. some coaches get it some don't. every 2 pt play should have multiple choices for receivers and include a rollout or play action. It will never fail unless execution is messed up.

Well, the nice work to get down to the 7, followed by 4 weak play calls. Though the 4th down could've been holding....they called less of a hold on the Hurricanes vs Ohio State.

But 49ers put themselves in that position with bad play calling. Also, 49ers shouldnt have wasted time before the 2 minute warning, in the event they needed to get the ball back. Use up the clock when you're in better position.

Taking the safety probably hurt some football pool players.

Go RAVENS! What, no poll?

hey pimple? i hope you bet your life on the 49ers.. lol
glad the ravens won; more canes making history, and i've hated the 49ers since 1985.
still think if marino was on a team with craig, lott, clark,turner, rice, etc. then the 9ers would've won 5 in a row..

Give it up, montana was clealry better than Marino. Had more diverse qB abilities.Marino was single dimensional, while brilliant at first, faded quick when decent defenses figured him out. He bew quite a number if his own chances for the super bowl all on his own. Good nick name - Mr. Sick Pick. Insteadvof grandma being slow, shouldve been Marino used in that ad. Had one ogpf the lowest wonderlic scores for acqb could not properly hand the ball off, not once. Popped up some cumulative stats iver the course if his career. It's not about sas, it's about being all around qb. As we witnessed by both teams today. Over blind worship.

Mike1, I agree the Montana better than Marino argument. BUT,,, Marino was pretty darn good too, good enough to be a first rd HOF pick. You never heard opposing D's comment that beating Marino was easy,, he was highly respected by NFL defense men, players & coaches alike.


Guess my comments about Flacco were correct. From draft day to today. The man with the big gun is growing into a great QB. I was giving the man his props & wishing Miami would have drafted him BEFORE Miami took Jake Long, over Matt Ryan & the great Ozzie Newsome took him to be a Raven.

I didn't set out to pick a team to cheer for yesterday. But watching SF's Jim Harbaugh act like a child after every play,,, soon there was a villian to hate.

I shut the joint down last night, no one died, no one to the hospital, we all chipped in, staff got to watch some of the game without constantly looking over their shoulders wondering what the convicts are doing.

Congrats Kaz. Great win for the Ravens. Broke my Superbowl streak of futility. Mike1, agree about the Ohio State call. That was the worst call I've ever witnessed.

Kazaam was right Flacco is just good enough to win with great playoff run 11 tds no picks congrats he proved me wrong.

What happened to that great SF defense they looked bad.

shadow there is a good article on Herculez Gomez this week in SI.

(the real) david in los angeles,

instead of focusing on if the 49ers would have won so many if #13 had the teammates that montana had, why not focus on the following:

A) marino came to a team that had a super bowl worthy defense two years before he arrived, which suddenly disappeared when shula changed the personality of the dolphins to a throw it whenever possibilty squad.

B) my personal favorite, steve young,after five or six seasons of cowboy domination- won his super bowl without the star-studded cast that montana had; young to rice and taylor and a little ricket watters thrown in.

C) after a SB in his second year, the dolphins couldn't even get out of the AFC with marino at the helm, as buffalo continually bashed them with a great team that was one wide right against the giants from being remembered as a winner that got to 4 SBs in a row.

mike1,

#13 had no trouble audibilizing away from the wife that "was called for him and the team".

still can't believe that was he/wasn't he the greatest is still going on!! well, HE WASN'T and would be fortunate to be in the top 10. manning and favre push him two rungs lower and he was somewhere around number 10 before they arrived on the scene.

says here that honduras gets out with a tie or win on wednesday; the gringos are weaker and smaller and will lose balls in the air consistently. dempsey will score but that is it as i see it.

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