‘Utter Bulls**t’: NBC Sports Philly’s Michael Barkann Goes On Tirade About James Bradberry Super Bowl Holding Call

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This is true Philly right here.

Michael Barkann, who works for NBC Sports Philadelphia as an analyst of the Eagles, didn’t hold back regarding his views on the Birds’ 38-35 Super Bowl LVII loss to the Kansas City Chiefs — especially with the holding call that cornerback James Bradberry was hit with.

With just under two minutes left in the big game, Bradberry was penalized for apparently holding Kansas City’s JuJu Smith-Schuster. The call was clearly the main talking point after the game — and it still is. It was a horrible call that decided the Super Bowl and just gave the Lombardi Trophy to the Chiefs. In fact, it was such a bad call that it had Barkann completely losing his shit on live television.

“And then they get to a third-and-eight on the 15-yard line, and an incomplete pass! And Carl Cheffers’ team with a bullshit call. I mean utter and complete bullshit,” Barkann ranted. “It’s unbelievable. It’s inexcusable. You don’t make a call then and there! You don’t let the game be decided by the officiating.”

“And yes it’s true. The officials go both ways. And you’ve got to rise above it. I understand. This is the freakin’ Super Bowl! And that should never happen.”

Michael Barkann is absolutely on point here — the referees to call “holding” on that play is utter bullshit, and for two reasons:

1. I’ve already ranted about this in a previous piece — sure, Bradberry’s hand is on Schuster’s back, but is he blatantly holding him? No, he’s not. He barely touched him, to be frank.

2. I also ranted about this and Barkann pointed it out as well … this is really how we’re going to decide the last minutes of the Super Bowl? With a call that literally gave the Chiefs the championship? (RELATED: Alleged Stories About Joe Montana Make Him Seem Like A Bit Of A Prick)

Oh yeah … it’s most certainly bullshit — utter bullshit.

NBC Philadelphia: Give this man a raise, because he’s absolutely spot-on.