It was a great four days of football that included some ridiculous moments. Without fear of being convicted of hyperbole, I witnessed:
-Enforcement of the most ridiculous rule ever
-Three of the most ridiculous coaching decisions in the same game
-One of the most ridiculously stupid plays ever (and you have to know the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS are involved).
-The most ridiculous, game-saving, catch-and-run on 4th and 29 (and you have to know the Chargers are on the wrong end of this).
BOOS to the NFL for the rule if you throw a challenge flag on a scoring play (which is automatically reviewed), it stops the review immediately and assesses the team a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. It granted Houston Texans RB Justin Forsett an 81-yard touchdown run on a play where he was tackled after seven yards. This is the DUMBEST RULE EVER!!!
BOOS to Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. He was the bozo who threw the challenge flag even though he knows the rule. I’d say this is the reason the Lions should fire him but it would only be the 11th best reason on that list.
BOOS to Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, who received the gift touchdown that helped send the game to overtime. In the extra session, he decided it was a good idea to run the ball three times and let his kicker try a 51-yard field goal, instead of throwing it to move closer. Needless to say, the kicker missed.
MORE BOOS to Schwartz, who was given a reprieve by Kubiak, only to return the favor. He had his kicker try a 47-yard field goal ON 3RD DOWN, instead of trying to move the ball closer. The kick hit the upright and bounced back on the field. Had the Lions been one yard closer and the kick been the exact same, it would’ve gone through to win the game. This is one of those top ten reasons to fire Schwartz.
LOUD BOOS to NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez for the worst play in Jets history, and there have been a lot of terrible plays in Jets history. He missed handing the ball off so decided to run. He slid to avoid getting hit. While sliding, he rammed into the butt of his lineman. The butt sent him sprawling on his back. He dropped the ball, the Patriots picked it up and ran for a touchdown. Somewhere, Joe Pisarcik was smiling.
DEAFENING BOOS to Jets head coach Rex Ryan, for electing to kick a field goal at the end of the first half with his team trailing the Patriots, 35-0. Where the Jets were on the field doesn’t matter. It was absolutely atrocious and Ryan should be ashamed of himself.
LOUD CHEERS for Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, who took a short pass on 4th and 29 with 1:37 left and weaved his way across the field for 29 yards and first down. That led to a game-tying field goal as time expired and ultimately a 16-13 Ravens victory in overtime against the Chargers. Asked to describe the play, Rice called it, “Check down, Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle.”
A STANDING OVATION for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who completed a perfect regular season with a 22-13 win against USC. The victory put them in the BCS Championship Game against the winner of the SEC Title Game between Alabama and Georgia. If the Fighting Irish play the Crimson Tide, my dislike for those schools will have me rooting for the field to open up and swallow both teams.
CHEERS for four days of watching football. My only complaint is I have to wait until Thanksgiving next year to do it again.
THERE IT IS!