First class and dizzy football

Posted on January 5, 2008
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            In the final game of the New England Patriot’s perfect regular season, the New York Giants did not have a dog in the hunt. New York’s playoff position was already settled.

            From a strategic point of view, they had nothing to gain or lose from taking it easy and resting some of their valuable and worn and torn players.

            Instead they went on the field and played flat out and inspired. They lost but they paid the game of NFL football, the Patriots and themselves the respect of making the Patriots earn the win.

            It may not have been the most strategic move for the team, looking forward to the playoffs, but it was certainly a classy move.

            A league notorious for its convicted felons, substance abuse and even spying, can certainly use some examples of class and sportsmanship.


            One thing about NFL football that makes me wonder about its collective intelligence is the lengthy consideration commentators, coaches and officials give to whether a loose ball was a fumble or an incompleted pass.

            They’ll watch replays over and over trying to determine if the quarterback’s arm was moving forward or not.

            If the quarterback or his throwing arm was hit from the front, all they need to know is whether the ball went forward.

            In the Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks wild card game on January 5, a commentator kept talking about how close the official’s call of a forward pass was.

            The ball landed five yards in front of the quarterback and the defender’s arm hit the front of the quarterback’s throwing arm.

            By Newton’s first law of motion, the ball had to be moving forward when the quarterback was hit.  A hit from the front cannot make something go forward.

            That is as impossible as a batter standing with his back to the pitcher, swinging toward the catcher and having the pitched ball go back toward the pitcher. And no, no matter how hard the batter hits the ball, if he is facing the catcher and swings toward the catcher, the ball is not going to go back toward the pitcher. The most vertical possible foul tip cannot be pushed in the opposite direction with a force applied in the same direction it was going.

            Someone should explain high school physics to football commentators and coaches.




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