I’m a football fan, but I have not watched every college bowl game or playoff game in the NFL. I missed both the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, because my DVR was maxed out on Dallas and Frasier reruns. (The new Dallas on TNT. Gee, some of those folks have aged.)
I saw enough to give you my highlight reel that does not include any game-winning scores.
One for the Books
Did you know there’s a one-point safety? In football, not in pins? I didn’t either until Kansas State blocked an extra point by Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. A Wildcat attempted to run the ball back—hoping to go all the way for two—but he was tackled in his own end zone. That was a point for the Ducks, who offered to give it back in a 35-17 win.
There are yet other ways to collect a one-point safety, but we have a class on Leningrad history coming in in an hour, and I want us to be done before that.
Baltimore and Denver were tied 35-35 in overtime in the divisional playoffs. Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker (of Westlake High and Texas) went on the field to practice some kicks! No sideline boot into that net—he was between the lines.
This would be like Rory McIlroy making a couple of putts on the 16th hole at Augusta before he hits the one that will count. The spirits of Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan would descend and pop him with a two-iron.
What Tucker did was apparently legal, and he legally got the game winner, too.
Speaking of legalities, why are gloves allowed for receivers or anyone else? Right, batters probably shouldn’t use them in baseball. Gosh, Ruth might have hit 914 home runs.
It seems to me what happens is these players take advantage of non-rules. That is to say, the grand poo bahs never thought to ban them in football.
Okay. Let ‘em use nets, especially in college where there’s not nearly enough scoring.
Pass catchers, part two. Do you notice they scream, “Pass interference” on every play?
It reminds me of the great Andy Griffith episode with Gomer Pyle bellowing, “Citizen’s arrest, citizen’s arrest!”
Do you laugh at or just sit in wonder at those halftime interviews when the coach is running off the field? Interviews? We’d learn just as much if the reporter asked, “All right, your foe led with an X, top right, you went O, left middle, your thinking?”
Dock of the Bay
Can you believe the San Francisco Bay Area the last four months? The Giants won the World Series; Stanford captured the Pac-12 and Rose Bowl; 11-2 San Jose State also picked up a bowl win; California (Berkeley) and Stanford women are ranked in the top 10 in basketball; men and/or women are doing well (did well) in volleyball, soccer, tennis, and golf; the Warriors have a winning record! And, oh, yes, the 49ers are in the Super Bowl.
Bowl ‘em over
I have written before I approve of so many bowl games. You think Utah State players and fans weren’t thrilled with a 41-15 Potato Bowl win over Toledo? How about Louisiana Lafayette folks following a 43-34 victory against East Carolina in the Carriers Bowl?
Those teams aren’t thinking, “Oh, we don’t care, we’re overshadowed by Alabama-Notre Dame.” The cities and sponsors appear to be happy, and the young men are glad to be playing—takes their minds off a tiff or two with their online girlfriends.