Suggs, in an interview with Lisa Salters of ESPN, says he believes Roger Goodell "had a hand" in blacking out the Super Bowl between Baltimore and San Francisco. This, he says, "was done in order to keep the game closer." Suggs also said: "I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?" Suggs says. "I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn't let us have this one in a landslide huh?" “I thought he had a hand in it," Suggs said. "Most definitely, he had a hand in it."
Those are some loaded comments. Suggs, a star linebacker on the winning team, decided to take a direct shot across the bow of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's ship. Not only did Suggs question the integrity of arguably the most popular and widely viewed sporting event in the world, he harshly criticized Roger Goodell's preferential treatment toward certain players and teams. This statement would not be a big deal if it wasn't weeks after Ray Lewis accused nearly the same thing about Goodell's hand in the Super Bowl. This could all be quickly dismissed unless you look a little deeper.
Here is my conspiracy theory outlining why Suggs's comments weren't as crazy you might think (in chronological order):
1. The 2012 AFC Championship was rigged so the recently widowed Robert Kraft could get to the Super Bowl. This would explain the Ravens' wide receiver: Lee Evans's dropped touchdown and Billy Cundiff's missed chip shot field goal causing the Ravens to lose in shocking fashion. Kraft- by the way- was instrumental during the Lockout negotiations and may have "Krafted" a deal while ending the NFL Lockout months earlier in August 2011.
2. The 2012 NFC Championship was also rigged so the New York Giants could get a Super Bowl before they hosted this next Super Bowl in 2014. Getting them in the Super Bowl would be less obvious for conspiracy theorists like me if they earned their reward 2 years prior to the Met Life Stadium Super Bowl. San Francisco agreed to take the 2012 NFC Championship loss... And by agreeing they were guaranteed a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Exhibit A: Kyle Williams 2 fumbles.
3. Based on the two theories above, the Super Bowl may have been planned a year ahead- by Roger Goodell. The Ravens would play the 49ers. Was it a cooincidence that Ray Lewis made a miraculous recovery in his old age, during his final year of retirement, pulling his team back into the playoffs from the brink of elimination? Add on top of everything a photo-op with Goodell and Lewis hugging it out suspiciously during his final regular season game in Baltimore? Were they hugging it out? Or was Ray thanking Roger in advance?
4: AFC Divisional Playoff at Denver. The Denver cornerbacks and safeties looked more choreographed and tied to Vegas than Cirque du Soleil. In fact it looked like the Ravens wide receivers caught some of their touchdowns while the Denver cornerbacks were trying to get out of the way. Who can forget Rahim Moore's mis-judged ball? Who jumps that early after getting an early bead on the ball... In the fourth quarter? In the playoffs? Nobody. Unless you are acting.
5. Lastly, Super Bowl 47, The "Blackout Bowl" between San Francisco and Baltimore was certainly fishy. Just prior to the blackout the score was: 28-6, Baltimore. Then came the blackout which lasted coincidentally 34 minutes. 34 is the number of points the Ravens ended up scoring to win the game. Following the blackout, the 49ers suddenly scored 25 points only to come up a few yards short. Ray Lewis said it best during the NFL Network's documentary series "America's Game", Lewis said of the blackout: "I'm not gonna accuse nobody of nothing, because I don't know facts. But you're a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. No way. ... You cannot tell me somebody wasn't sitting there and when they say, 'The Ravens (are) about to blow them out. Man, we better do something."
Now you might ask- "Why would Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs complain about a fixed game they won?" My theory is that they are lamenting the fact that Roger let the Super Bowl get too close for their liking. It makes sense that Roger Goodell wants ratings and manipulates games to the point that they become interesting. But Goodell doesn't care about the outcome per se. For example: Brother versus brother Harbaugh Bowl, Ray Lewis's retirement, Patriot Superbowl in 2011, New Orleans Saints Superbowl following Hurricane Katrina, Jerome Bettis winning his last game/Super Bowl in his home town thanks to shady refs... You get the idea. It would also explain why in 47 years, there has not been a Super Bowl played on someone's home field. Like Ray said: zillion-dollar companies don't leave things up to chance.