This likely won’t be the last word on the Jimmy Smith-Michael Crabtree/interference-or-not play near the end of the Super Bowl. But this word comes from the man who has just been named as the NFL’s vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino.
And Blandino sides with the Ravens and every purple-blooded Ravens fan.
"When you watch it at full speed, to me, it was a good non-call," he told Newsday. "I think the first thing you have to understand is that once the ball is in the air, you can't have defensive holding or illegal contact. Now you have to see if the contact raised to the level of pass interference.
"With pass interference, you have to materially affect the receiver's ability to catch the pass. Yes, there's hand-fighting, but Crabtree also has his hand on [Smith's] helmet. The pass was catchable, but the contact did not materially restrict Crabtree's ability to catch the pass. He was jockeying for position and using his hands as well."
So there you go, folks. No need to discuss it further, right?
Meanwhile, Baltimore, get accustomed to others saying the league favors the Ravens.
NFL officiating exec: Good no-call in Super Bowl
CSN Baltimore | Feb 8