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We should call dirty plays like we see them

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

The New York Jets played the Houston Texans Monday night. Everyone saw what Matt Slauson of the Jets did to the Texans’ Brian Cushing. Whether you argue it was an illegal move or a legal move, or if it was a dirty play or a clean play, or if your gripe is just about calling it a chop block, that is all fine. It was extra, it was targeted and intended, and then it was excused.

Extra based on how far it was from the play, as you can see from the first half of this video:

Targeted and intended, as you can partly see from the end of the video above.

And finally excused, as you can read here:

Jets coach Rex Ryan: Nothing dirty about block that ended Brian Cushing’s season.

I would leave you with a parting video from NFL.com but they don’t appear to have the full clip, just the tail end from the two camera angles. Sorry, you don’t get to see Slauson coming and just how not aware Brian Cushing was, as well as how obvious both are. Oh well, Slauson chopping Brian Cushing and Rex Ryan suggesting that it was for how the Texans had been playing and that somehow it excuses this, is Week 5’s What Was That?

Tony Romo’s five interceptions could’ve been six

October 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Tony Romo threw fives interceptions against the Bears Monday night, it might have been six but he was benched during the final minutes of the game to give Kyle Orton a chance. Orton scored a touchdown in those final minutes that included a two-point conversion, while Romo was saved a career high six interceptions in one game. He will just have to settle for tying his career worst.

Other people can only be blamed so much by Romo, like his line, his backs, his receivers, his coaches. Eventually the buck stops with the man throwing the ball that is being intercepted, especially after that man throws five of those balls. To say some of the interceptions might not have happened isn’t giving enough credit to the dropped balls that might have been intercepted.

The Bears defense played a great game, scoring two touchdowns on interceptions that ran the ball back for a combined of 99 yards. Something should be said about the Bears defense, keeping the Cowboys with a low score all game while holding off the air attack from the Cowboys that becomes expected when one team is losing by multiple scores in the second half. Still, a great defense shouldnt keep the score so far apart. At least, great quarterbacks will find ways to gouge the defense through the air when the run game is abandoned.

It was almost funny the Cowboys brought in Kyle Orton. The reasons are too many, from keeping Romo below six interceptions or giving Kyle Orton a chance over Romo to benching Romo for throwing five interceptioms or even legitimately trying to win the game. Either way, seeing Kyle Orton score a touchdown with a two-point conversion was perfect. Nevermind the defense, nevermind the time left, the fact Kyle Orton walked onto the field and not only did what real quarterbacks do when it’s time to score points, but got an extra point on top of the extra point. Do you like apples? Well how do you like these apples? Well played Kyle Orton.

Tomy Romo is far from done, or at the very least it would be somewhat of a shock if he retired, however his play needs to pick up if he is going to give his team a chance to win a Super Bowl. The quarterback position is the only individual position that if replaced with an amateur would disable the team’s entire ability to win games, hence why fives interceptions is both ridiculous and unacceptable. Be glad it wasn’t six, we say guys will throw six after they’ve thrown three or four, but Romo you were going to throw six. Count those lucky stars, starting with the ones on hats adorned with headsets used to pull you out.

Tony Romo’s five interceptions was Week 4’s What Was That?

Replacement referees…

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The replacements refs and the coaches are the talk of every town right now, and for good reason. The replacement refs are not performing their job particularly well, and the coaches have been crossing the line in reaction to the replacement refs and their calls.

We shall star with the replacement referees. What in the heck was the NFL thinking bringing these amateurs in to referee the games? Most of these guys are worse than amateurs, and some of them seem to be new at being a referee in general. There are, of course, a couple of great refs in the group.

Alright! Lets get this show on the road! Replacements refs, how can you call a penalty on a guy that was 5+ yards away from the opposing player he supposedly committed the penalty against? Replacement refs, how can you call a penalty for helmet-to-helmet hits after the receiver took two direction-controlling steps but you did not however call almost any of the mid-air helmet-to-helmet collisions that occured in almost every single game and most ending with health concerns? Replacements refs, how can you let the coaches stand behind you and scream into your ear after you have already run 10+ yards down the field to get away from the last 30 seconds worth of solid screaming into your ear?

The replacement refs… As I was typing this, during the end of the Packers vs. Seahawks game, the refs made two mistakes in front of the whole country. A game winning touchdown, that first was offensive pass interference, and then an interception, but still ruled a touchdown. Oh but wait, it gets better, the ruling was reviewed, and confirmed to be a touchdown. Great win Seattle, close game, but dang that is a rough win to receive, and you did receive it. Tough loss Green Bay, that is rough, I wonder how many blown calls went your way during the game though, you did only score 12 points after all.

What are these refs thinking? One of them ran over and waved that the ball was caught, by who we don’t know, and the other ref that came running over put his arms up for a touchdown. What is going on here? Alright, lets put this aside for a moment. The overall problem here is that we have replacement refs to begin with. It doesn’t matter which side is unreasonable or who is to blame for the regular refs being locked out, what matters is they are not on the field. We complained about their calls, as we should and as we should continue doing, the regular refs should not expect us to lower our standards or expectations because of this. They should be on the field either way, considering the alternatives and the reactions they have been causing.

Alright, time to talk about the coaches. You can’t touch a referee. Eric Davis said it best of all the analysts I’ve heard so far, the NFL has a no tolerance policy and if a player touched a ref he would be suspended. Coaches have long been shown following a referee down the sideline while yelling at him, that isn’t something new. What’s new is refs in the middle of the field setting up the play that was about to be allowed to start, was being ridiculously called over to the sideline by a coach through nonstop waving over motions and yelling, and when told why a flag was thrown it was not until after pause and some random words that the coach said he was trying to call a timeout. This being the same guy who earlier, after confirming with the head referee of his decision about a penalty, when the referee was announcing the penalty he yelled back to the referee and got him to interupt his announcement, only to further his gripe, since the decision was the same. This being the only referee that up until this point in that game, had any real referee poise about him. Sad too because up until then in that game he was the best lead referee announcing penalties of all the replacement lead refs.

The coaches are only doing this because they think they can. I assure you, they cannot. Or rather, they will not continue to get away with it. As for the players I doubt the union would want to get into a tussle over this if the league started disciplining them further, considering how the union both used and were used by the players involved in the bounty scandal. Then again, maybe they do, this is the union we are talking about. Think about it for a few moments. Yeah, that union.

Someone needs to do something quick. Day 1, bring down chaos on the coaches and also slam a hammer down near the players. Day 2, announce you have come to terms with the regular refs. Day 3, you inform us of how the contract ensures the regular refs will get better as in more than they were doing before. Day 4, you confirm everything we’ve heard and that the NFL is back in order and football will be at the highest level once again.

The replacement referees botching the call and review at the end of the Lions vs. Titans game, is this weeks What Was That?