Sports Medley 8 Dec 14: Why Losers Lose
by Tony Medley
Why losers lose:
Last week with division-leading Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1 at the time,
now 8-4-1) leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9 at the time, now 2-11)
14-13, Tampa Bay was driving for a winning field goal but with no
timeouts. With the ball on Cincinnati’s 40, 1st and 10,
within field goal range, Tampa threw a 20 yard completion to have a 1st
down on Cincinnati’s 20 yard line with 44 seconds to go. All they have
to do is run down the clock and kick a field goal for the win. Wait!
Cincinnati’s thrown a red flag challenging the play, which they can’t do
in the last 2 minutes. Even so, the officials took a look at it and
discovered that Tampa had 12 men on the field for their pass play. How
often do you see a penalty for too many men on the field? It might
happen once a month in the entire NFL. But for a loser it happens on the
very play that would set them up to win the game. So the 20 yard gain
was erased and Tampa was penalized 5 yards to take them out of field
goal range. They proceeded to throw three incomplete passes bringing up
fourth down. So with 12 seconds to go Tampa had 3 alternatives: (1) a
Hail Mary pass into the end zone; (2) a long 62 yard field goal attempt;
and, (3) a 25 yard sideline pass that would get them a 1st
down and allow the receiver to step out of bounds to stop the clock. So
what did they do? They threw a pass 10 yards down the middle,
which was incomplete. Even had the pass been completed, though, the
clock would have run out and they wouldn’t have had a first down,
anyway. There is a reason why losers lose. They’re losers.
The offensive pass interference penalty is inconsistent with the defense
pass interference penalty. When there is defensive pass interference the
pass is deemed completed at the spot of the foul, even though the
receiver might not have caught it. When there is offensive pass
interference, however, it is only a 15 yard penalty against the offense.
Why aren’t both treated the same way so that if an offensive pass
interference penalty is called the ball is awarded to the defense at the
spot of the foul, or make both just 15 yard penalties?
The CBS graphic for the Cleveland-Buffalo game had two Cleveland wide
receivers with the same name, Andrew Hawkins. Both Hawkinses also had
the same face and the same number. There were only five receivers whose
pictures were shown on the same screen. Shouldn’t someone at CBS have
seen that two of them were the same person?
“When we were down we was kicked a lot.” Vince Wilfork, New England
Patriots who received 3 years of education at the University of Miami.
“Me and my wife had one bad night.” Ray Rice, former Baltimore Ravens
running back, educated at Rutgers University for three years.
“Me and you both know…” Trent Dilfer, ESPN analyst, educated at Cal
State University (Fresno) for three years. “If this was a year ago…”
Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning.
Greenberg received his degree from the Medill School of Journalism at
Northwestern University. As most of my readers will recognize, the verb
should be the subjunctive “were,” used for statements that are contrary
to fact. If Greenberg didn’t learn this in four years at a journalism
school, what did he learn?
Baywatch Babes Dept.:
Pam Oliver, Fox Sideline reporter at the Colts-Browns game, “It was just
before 11 a.m. Johnny Manziel has just got to the building.” Oliver
received a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Florida A&M
University but her course of study apparently didn’t include English
grammar. Jenny Dell, CBS NFL reporter interviewing Pittsburgh Steelers
running back Le'Veon Bell, “Another 200 yard plus game out there; what’s
your secret?” If that’s not idiotic enough, she followed up with this
gem, “When did you feel the momentum shifting in this game?”
Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns, “My kids will be mad at me if I’m having
money deducted from my paycheck for criticizing officiating.” Jay Gruden,
Washington Redskins, “If I have to motivate a pro football player to
play football, then we need to get new pro football players.”
For the coin toss in their game against the Washington Redskins, St.
Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher sent the six players the Rams got in 2012
for the trade with the Redskins in return for the draft rights to Robert
Griffin III (RGIII).
The Cleveland Browns defensive unit has a clear cause of action against
Coach Mike Pettine for sticking with quarterback Brian Hoyer instead of
going with Johhny (Football) Manziel in the game against the
Indianapolis Colts. The Browns’ defense forced Colts’ quarterback Andrew
Luck into his worst performance of the year but had to sit and watch
Hoyer miss by 15 yards a receiver who was wide open for a touchdown, and
miss simple outs so badly nobody was close enough to even touch the
ball, much less catch it. Hoyer was dreadful, once again completing less
than half of his passes, but Pettine stuck with him the entire game,
losing at the end by one point, 25-24 (two of Cleveland’s three TDs were
scored by the defense) a key, probably must-win, game in the Browns’
quest for a playoff spot.
NCAA Got it Right:
Frame this for posterity because you will probably never see that
subhead again. But as far as the national championship mini tournament
goes, the Committee picked the correct four teams, Alabama, Oregon,
Florida State, and Ohio State.