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Push It Real Good

How awful was the ending of the Patriots-Jets game today?  I know I’ve mentioned how annoying Boston is, so seeing the Patriots get shafted should make me happy, but the end of today’s game was preposterous.  Now, this opinion may be affected by the fact that I had chosen the Patriots in a survivor pool, but still.

As Jets kicker Nick Folk yanked a 56-yard field goal attempt wide left in overtime, Chris Jones of the Patriots was flagged for pushing one of his teammates forward into the line of scrimmage.

What?

That’s right, this season, it’s now illegal to push a teammate into the line on a kick attempt.  This rule has been a bugaboo for special teamers, drawing flags across the league throughout the first six weeks of the season.

Oh, wait, I’m sorry.  This foul has NEVER BEEN CALLED IN A GAME EVER.

With the extra 15 yards and a first down, the Jets went on to kick the game-winning field goal a few minutes later.

Look, I understand rules are rules.  I do.  And this is a rule, so theoretically it was the right call; I’ve seen the replay and I can’t tell if he pushed his teammate or just ran into him on his way to the kicker.  The problem is, why is this a rule?

Apparently it’s because of “player safety.”  But who are you protecting by outlawing pushing your own teammate into the line?  You’re not banning guys from pushing the other team’s ball carrier out of bounds.  You’re not telling guys they can’t push a receiver to the ground after he makes a catch.  Pushing in and of itself is legal all over the field; why is this different?

Regardless of what I think, the rule is on the books, and as such, officials should call it.  However, it’s been missed (or ignored) so often this season that the league sent out videotapes to officials, showing them all the times it should have been called but wasn’t.  Unfortunately for the Patriots, the umpire decided that today was the day he was going to notice it.

I’d be interested in seeing footage from every kick in that game to see if this really was the only instance of that happening.  If so, fine.  If not, that’s a horrendous decision by the official and should be punished.

One more thought: this game was in New Jersey, which according to the NFL is part of New York.  Had this game been played in Foxboro at the Patriots’ home stadium, there is absolutely zero chance that flag gets thrown.  None.

Why not?  Safety, of course.  For the officials.

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Media Men Beg to Differ

Ah, Tebow.

I have absolutely nothing against Tim Tebow.  I’m not a fan, in the sense that he has never played for my favorite team so I’ve had no reason to root for him on the field, but I have nothing against the guy.  In fact, because of the crap he takes, I sometimes find myself rooting for him.

Tebow is one of the more polarizing figures in our current society.  People loved his story when he led the Broncos to a playoff win back in January of last year, but there were also people who quickly tired of his commitment to his faith.  There was also the issue of his quarterbacking ability; namely, he didn’t appear to have very much.  He’s a dangerous weapon when he’s running with the ball, however, and if you are as big as he is and can carry the football, you will have your chances to play in the NFL.

Unfortunately, Tebow is intent on being a quarterback.  He was traded to the Jets, and the 2012 season was an unmitigated disaster.  This week, he signed with the New England Patriots, and the hate-love-hate cycle began anew.

The en vogue thing is now to criticize ESPN for its obsession with Tim Tebow.  While I agree that it’s annoying to see Tebow news in April, May, and June – I think any football news before August is annoying – by talking about the coverage, all we’re doing is providing justification for more of it.

Whether you like it or not – or whether you like him or not – there is a demand out there for the Tim Tebow story.  The media backlash, and the media backlash to the media backlash, just proves the point.  It’s the sports version of the Kardashians: by talking about them, you justify talking about them.  It’s a ouroboros of stupid.

If you don’t like Tim Tebow because you feel like he rubs his Christianity in your face, that’s your prerogative.  If you don’t like Tim Tebow because he has funky throwing mechanics and isn’t a very good quarterback, that’s fine too.  If you don’t like Tim Tebow because “he hasn’t won anything,” well, let me point you to the Heisman Trophy and the national championships he won back in college.

But if you don’t like Tim Tebow because the media is obsessed with him, I’m not okay with that.  That’s not his fault.  And don’t hate on ESPN for covering him, either.  The very fact that you have an opinion on him warrants it.  That’s just how it is now.