Sunday, December 02, 2007

You know how it's possible for a plaintiff to plead himself out of court? Well today Joe Gibbs essentially coached his team out of a win by his failure to understand the Federal Rules of Civil Proce - er, I mean, the rules of the NFL.

Here's the scenario: Washington is up 16-14 and Buffalo has driven the ball to the Redskins 34 yard line, setting up looks to be a 51 yard field goal - no easy task in the cold, pouring rain. Gibbs calls timeout to ice the Buffalo kicker; good call, since just after the time out was called the kicker made a (now meaningless because of the intervening time out) 51 yard field goal. Barely.

Now the Bills line up to kick it again - you can see in the kicker's eyes it's going to be a long one - but wait. Joe Gibbs calls for another time out. This would be fine, except that every 10 year old watching the game on his 19 inch TV on the floor of his parents section 8 housing in Fairfax City or wherever knows that you cannot call more than one consecutive timeout to ice the kicker on a single play. If you do, a 15 yard unsportsman-like conduct penalty results. 15 yards closer, the kick is a chip shot and driven through.

Once again, the Redskins find a way to lose a game in which they were the heavy favorite and they by all measures should have won. There goes the game and the Redskins' chances for the playoffs.

2 comments:

Ran said...

Show your martial arts to me next time~~ hoho~
Good luck for your exam!

Ran said...

贴错地方了 哈